Acts 2

Day 2, Acts 2

Acts 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance.

God filled the believers with the Holy Spirit. It was then when they began to speak in languages that were not their own.

Acts 2:16

but this is what was spoken of through the prophet Joel.

It was prophesied long before it happened. This wasn’t something that was an accident, or that people decided to do. It was GOD who planned it and who foretold of it and who made it happen.

Acts 2:21-24

21 ‘And it shall be that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’

22 “Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know— 23 this Man, delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death. 24 But God raised Him up again, putting an end to the agony of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held in its power.

Everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved! What great news!

GOD decided before hand it would happen. God knew it was going to happen. God allowed men (indeed, all men’s sin) to nail Him to a cross and kill Him, and then God raised Him up again.

Which of you will respond to what God has provided? If you are depending on your own power and works, you will be sadly mistaken. GOD has done what is needed, you simply have to trust Him.

Acts 2:36-42

36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ—this Jesus whom you crucified.”

37 Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brethren, what shall we do?” 38 Peter said to them, “Repent, and each 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. 39 For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself.” 40 And with many other words he solemnly testified and kept on exhorting them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation!” 41 So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls. 42 They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

Verse 39 tells us the promise is for everyone God will call to Himself.

“39 For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself.”

When the hearers realized what had happened, they were convicted and asked what the remedy was. They were told to repent and be baptized. The “for” is actually the Greek word ‘eis’ which means “in”. They were to be baptized in the forgiveness of sin, or BECAUSE they had been forgiven, not so they would be forgiven.

Those who believed, who accepted what they were told, were baptized and “continually devoting themselves to the apostles teaching, to fellowship, to breaking of bread and to prayer.” These people continually devoted themselves to: studying the Word, being with each other, eating with each other, praying with each other.

Being a Christian is not a solitary calling. We are called from a group of nonbelievers to a group of believers. We are to BE with each other. We are to PRAY with each other. We are to EAT with each other. We are to simply BE with each other. We are to study God’s WORD together.

Are you alone? Do you avoid church because its full of hypocrites, or its a social club, or there are sinners there? Guess what – you are to gather together with believers, learn from and with them.

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