Pastor G and I are studying about Peter and how his life was before he was indwelled by God the Holy Spirit and what it was like after. Today’s scripture is Acts 2:14-41. Surely one of the changes in Peter was spiritual boldness. This is the man who denied Christ three times that now openly stands before a crowd that probably contained those that were part of the mob that was stirred up to support Christ’s crucifixion.
But there’s more. God showed us those gathered on Pentecost in the crowd were saying derogatory things about the disciples, accusing them of being drunk. They were being most disrespectful and mocked Jesus’ followers, which is tantamount to mocking Jesus Himself. Look at the change in those people after Peter uttered what God the Holy Spirit had him speak. Instead of their negative attitudes, they now were pierced by Peter’s words (verse 37) and asked what they should do. Only God can make such a difference in people. Only God can turn once hostile minds towards His truth into ones that seek to make positive spiritual changes in their lives and move forward in them. Only God can engineer such circumstances where so many were added to the core nucleus of His church.
Was everyone in the crowd converted? Sadly, no. But three thousand of them were. Who knows except God how many others heard what God said through Peter and chose to reject it?
Acts 2:14-41 (NKJV)
14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words. 15 For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. 16 But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
17 ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God,
That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh;
Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
Your young men shall see visions,
Your old men shall dream dreams.
18 And on My menservants and on My maidservants
I will pour out My Spirit in those days;
And they shall prophesy.
19 I will show wonders in heaven above
And signs in the earth beneath:
Blood and fire and vapor of smoke.
20 The sun shall be turned into darkness,
And the moon into blood,
Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord.
21 And it shall come to pass
That whoever calls on the name of the Lord
Shall be saved.’
22 “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know— 23 Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death; 24 whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it. 25 For David says concerning Him:
‘I foresaw the Lord always before my face,
For He is at my right hand, that I may not be shaken.
26 Therefore my heart rejoiced, and my tongue was glad;
Moreover my flesh also will rest in hope.
27 For You will not leave my soul in Hades,
Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.
28 You have made known to me the ways of life;
You will make me full of joy in Your presence.’
29 “Men and brethren, let me speak freely to you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30 Therefore, being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his body, according to the flesh, He would raise up the Christ to sit on his throne,[d] 31 he, foreseeing this, spoke concerning the resurrection of the Christ, that His soul was not left in Hades, nor did His flesh see corruption.32 This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses. 33 Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear.
34 “For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he says himself:
‘The Lord said to my Lord,
“Sit at My right hand,
35 Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.”’[e]
36 “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.”
37 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?”
38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”
A Vital Church Grows
40 And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation.” 41 Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.
Pray with me please: Father God, please continue to transform our minds so that they are indeed like the mind that is in Christ Jesus. Thanks for removing what doesn’t belong and replacing it with things that weren’t there before that do belong. Please grant us what we need to move forward in spirit and in truth, God the Holy Spirit and Your truth, from this moment on, and, yes, for eternity. In Jesus name, Amen.
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