And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on ALL flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. Even on the male and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit.
First of all, according to Peter, this pouring out process began on that day of Pentecost. But did it end there? A closer look at the verb phrase ‘pour out’ reveals that it is in the imperfect tense. “Imperfect” comes from the Latinimperfectus “unfinished”, because the imperfect expresses an ongoing, uncompleted action. Therefore it does not relate so much as to one occasion, as to a continued condition.
So He is still pouring out His Spirit; prophesying, visions, and dreams following.
But who is the beneficiary of this pouring out?
Uh-oh… All flesh means… every human being.
Hmm, doesn’t fit into my dogma. Or maybe my theology is wrong.
We don’t usually think we have access to other people’s dreams, but when someone creates a movie, song, book, poem or any other public piece, we sort of do. Something inspired them to create. Have you ever been to a secular movie and felt the presence of God, learned something that relates to Him or saw such beauty you glorified God in your heart? I have more often than not. What if God’s Spirit is speaking to His servants and the lost. After all, where can we hide from His Spirit?
How many versions of Superman do we need? Maybe enough that the Church will finally listen to the message that we aren’t merely men, but spiritual ‘superheroes’ and the world needs these Christ-followers to perform ‘greater works’ while reconciling mankind to the Father.
I am not a Bible scholar, but ‘all’ means all. So maybe it’s worth hearing what the Spirit has to say through His servants and those that don’t know Him yet.
“The music is everywhere, all you have to do is listen.” -August Rush, Southpaw Entertainment, 2007