[Linux4christians] Monday - Acts 2:1-2:41
dcolburn at bibleseven.com
dcolburn at bibleseven.com
Sun Oct 9 20:52:54 EDT 2011
The Holy Spirit and the Day of Pentecost
2:1 Now when the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in
one place. 2:2 Suddenly a sound like a violent wind blowing came from
heaven and filled the entire house where they were sitting. 2:3 And
tongues spreading out like a fire appeared to them and came to rest on
each one of them. 2:4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit, and
they began to speak in other languages as the Spirit enabled them.
2:5 Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven residing
in Jerusalem. 2:6 When this sound occurred, a crowd gathered and was in
confusion, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. 2:7
Completely baffled, they said, "Aren't all these who are speaking
Galileans? 2:8 And how is it that each one of us hears them in our own
native language? 2:9 Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of
Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and the province of Asia, 2:10
Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene, and
visitors from Rome, 2:11 both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs --
we hear them speaking in our own languages about the great deeds God has
done!" 2:12 All were astounded and greatly confused, saying to one
another, "What does this mean?" 2:13 But others jeered at the speakers,
saying, "They are drunk on new wine!"
Peter's Address on the Day of Pentecost
2:14 But Peter stood up with the eleven, raised his voice, and addressed
them: "You men of Judea and all you who live in Jerusalem, know this and
listen carefully to what I say. 2:15 In spite of what you think, these
men are not drunk, for it is only nine o'clock in the morning. 2:16 But
this is what was spoken about through the prophet Joel:
2:17 '/*And*/ in the last days /*it will be,*/' /*God says,*/
'/*that I will pour out my Spirit on all people,*/
and your sons and your daughters will prophesy,
and your young men will see visions,
*and your old men will dream dreams*.
2:18 /*Even on my servants,*/ /*both men and women,*/
*I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy*.
2:19 /*And I will perform wonders in the sky*/ /*above*/
/*and miraculous signs*/ /*on the earth below,*/
*blood and fire and clouds of smoke*.
2:20 /*The sun will be changed to darkness*/
and the moon to blood
/*before the great and glorious*/ /*day of the Lord comes*//./
2:21 /*And then*/ /*everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be
2:22 "Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man
clearly attested to you by God with powerful deeds, wonders, and
miraculous signs that God performed among you through him, just as you
yourselves know -- 2:23 this man, who was handed over by the
predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you executed by nailing him
to a cross at the hands of Gentiles. 2:24 But God raised him up, having
released him from the pains of death, because it was not possible for
him to be held in its power. 2:25 For David says about him,
'/*I saw the Lord always in front of me,*/
*for he is at my right hand so that I will not be shaken*.
2:26 /*Therefore my heart was glad and my tongue rejoiced;*/
/*my body*/ /*also will live in hope,*/
2:27 /*because you will not leave my soul in Hades,*/
/*nor permit your Holy One to experience*/ /*decay*//./
2:28 /*You have made known to me the paths of life;*/
/*you will make me full of joy with your presence*//./'
2:29 "Brothers, I can speak confidently to you about our forefather
David, that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this
day. 2:30 So then, because he was a prophet and knew that God /had sworn
to him with an oath to seat one of his descendants/ /on his throne/,
2:31 David by foreseeing this spoke about the resurrection of the
Christ, that /he was neither abandoned to Hades/, nor did his body
/experience/ /decay/. 2:32 This Jesus God raised up, and we are all
witnesses of it. 2:33 So then, exalted to the right hand of God, and
having received the promise of the Holy Spirit from the Father, he has
poured out what you both see and hear. 2:34 For David did not ascend
into heaven, but he himself says,
'/*The Lord said to my lord,*/
"/*Sit*/ /*at my right hand*/
2:35 /*until I make your enemies a footstool*/ /*for your feet*//./"'
2:36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know beyond a doubt that God
has made this Jesus whom you crucified both Lord and Christ."
The Response to Peter's Address
2:37 Now when they heard this, they were acutely distressed and said to
Peter and the rest of the apostles, "What should we do, brothers?" 2:38
Peter said to them, "Repent, and each one of you be baptized in the name
of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive
the gift of the Holy Spirit. 2:39 For the promise is for you and your
children, and for all who are far away, as many as the Lord our God will
call to himself." 2:40 With many other words he testified and exhorted
them saying, "Save yourselves from this perverse generation!" 2:41 So
those who accepted his message were baptized, and that day about three
thousand people were added.
Lord, You offer blessings and gifts, sometimes people accept them --
often many do not. May I accept the wisdom of your indwelling Holy
Spirit and receive what You offer as an equipping for service to You.
Summary & Commentary
The Holy Spirit came upon the Apostles, and perhaps many or all of the
other 120 members of the close-knit group of believers who had been
gathering at the upstairs room. They were in a public area surrounded by
"Jews from every nation under Heaven" as well as non-Jewish converts to
Judaism, Cretans, and Arabs who had gathered for the celebration of
Verse 2:4 is very clear that when the Holy Spirit came upon them they
spoke in "other languages" and 2:8 that those languages represented the
native tongues of people in the crowd.
The curious among them wondered what it could mean, the unteachable
among them jeered and accused them of being drunk - though such a claim
had no relevance to the evidence at all.
Peter declared to those gathered for Pentecost that not only were they
not drunk that they were fulfilling prophesy from Joel and Jesus.
Many people responded repentantly to Peter's message and about three
thousand were baptized. [It is worthy of note that vss 2:40-41 include
the text ""Save yourselves from this perverse generation!" So those who
accepted his message were baptized," another clear statement of the
large invitation and the voluntary choice of individuals.]
God chose to bring the Holy Spirit upon the believers in the presence of
non-believers across many ethnicities, nationalities, races, and
There was a fundamental difference between the scoffers and those who
sought truth, and the resultant understanding of those seeking truth vs
the blindness of the others. Have you observed the same divergent
response among modern listeners?
Reflect upon the various teachings about "speaking in tongues" and how
this text only addresses the miracle of a capacity to share the truth of
God in a foreign language previously unknown to the speaker - but native
to his or her listener. It does not say here that a "heavenly language"
does not exist, it merely excludes this specific text from support of
such a "gift".
Reflect also upon the various teachings as to how one comes to the final
moment of saving faith, some which claim all will be saved, others which
claim only those predestined will be saved, and yet another claim that
only those who persist in "good works" will be saved -- this text says
otherwise -- that those who heard God's truth and believed came forward
to be affirmed and baptized. [Note: It is not the baptism that saved
them but their acknowledgment of God's truth and their willing
submission to it.]
When have you been among a group of people who experienced the same
event yet interpreted the meaning of the differently?
Faith in Action
Today I will ask the Lord for the boldness to share His story with
someone who is teachable but unfamiliar with the language and message of
the Bible - perhaps they have never heard or have only heard man-made
religious distortions or the lies of the Enemy. I will also prayerfully
seek an opportunity to share with a fellow believer something new that
God has revealed to me that previously seemed like a foreign language
but now is clear.
Today I will step-put in faith and with the boldness and clarity of the
Holy Spirit to be His instrument of hope and of truth.
Be Specific ______________________________________________________
Tuesday's text will be:
Draw nearer to the Lord and He will bless you,
Have an http://Ultrafidian.com Day!
David M. Colburn, DMin. MaCo
Personal Site: http://bibleseven.com
Bible Resources: http://bible.org
Teacher's Verse: John 7:16
Defend free speech or lose your freedom.
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