Today, I began a study in the book of Titus and I was reminded how Paul had left Titus in Crete in order to maintain the Christian church there. I got to thinking how this church was likely established and recalled the account of the Cretans who were saved at Pentecost.
Then they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, “Look, are not all these who speak Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each in our own language in which we were born? Cretans and Arabs–we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.” Acts 2:7, 8, + 11
It seems probable that these same Acts 2 Cretans returned to their native land and commenced doing church, which got me thinking about people groups and why we were all separated to begin with.
Ah yes, it is all coming back to me, the Tower of Babel; the story of what happens when mankind gets together and excludes God. As a result of that catastrophe, God scattered the masses, creating peculiar people groups and odd languages. Because God created these divisions, it is only reasonable to believe that He alone can impel restoration.
The Lesson of Pentecost
All one need do is look at the results of man’s attempts to restore whole-earth unity. From the most ancient of days to the modern era, all have failed. Pentecost confirms that there is but One way to restore order and that is through faith in Jesus Christ. Eventually, the Antichrist will come on the scene making yet another try. Initially he will find limited success, but we know by God’s word that in the end, he too will fail miserably.