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[Having Studied the Holy Spirit in His person in chapter one, and the
Holy Spirit in his presence in chapter two, we now
discover the Work of the Holy Spirit through God’s
The Miracle (vs 5-13) [–
a number of miracles that took place on that day, all of which were put
carefully in place by Almighty God.
(vs 5,9-11; 2 Cor 5.19)[–
And there were
dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men,
out of every nation under heaven. ]
[Without a doubt our Heavenly Father knew exactly what
He was doing.
Notice the diverse crowd that was present and
gathered together that day.]
Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in
Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus,
and Asia, 10
Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts
of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and
Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our
tongues the wonderful works of God.
[People were in that crowd from the far reaches of the
known world, their interests were peaked, and they all
gathered together to hear this new doctrine.
God’s intension for the Gospel was made clear
from the very moment that the Holy Spirit was given.
God had send His Son for the world (John 3.16),
and the message would be sent from that first day to all
19 To wit,
that God was in Christ,
reconciling the world unto himself,
not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath
committed unto us the word of reconciliation.]
Announcement (vs 6-8) [-
Now when this
was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were
because that every man heard them speak in his own
And they were all amazed and marvelled,
saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which
speak Galilaeans? 8
And how hear we
every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? –
We understand clearly that these did
not hear some angelic language or some emotional outburst as is described in
1 Corinthians 14, but these all heard the message clearly in their own
native tongue. The Apostles and
disciples were clearly speaking in a multitude of languages so that every
man heard the message clearly.
So there was first the miracle of the diverse assembly then there was the
clear miracle of the clarity of the message given to each and every person.]
The Amazement (vs 12-13; Eph
And they were all amazed, and were
in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this?
13 Others mocking said, These men are
full of new wine. – The
crowd was so amazed and the explanation was so exceptional that the crowd
started reaching for the wildest of explanations.
I have yet to see a drunk suddenly speak in some unknown foreign
tongue with clarity. In my
experience a drunk has trouble speaking in his own native tongue,
none-the-less some other language.
[When the Holy Spirit fills God’s people, as He did on
the day of Pentecost supernatural things are just likely
to take place.
My friends, we are commanded to seek to be filled
with the Holy Spirit every day.
The Bible says,]
18 . . . be
filled with the Spirit;]
[When you are filled with the Holy Spirit don’t under
estimate what God can do to and through those who have
submitted to Him.
Let Him work in you and through you.
Notice also that everything that God did on that
day He did through His people.
This is an example of how God works in this
(vs 14-41) [–
The power of the Holy Spirit now indwelling and filling
the infant Church of our Lord Jesus Christ gave these
believers an immediate and clear message to share with
all who would hear them.
Listen to the message God presented through the
Fulfillment (vs 16-21; Heb 4.12; Rom 10.17) [– Peter stood and gave a five minute sermon that
led over three thousand to receive the Lord Jesus
course the Holy Spirit did the convicting, and the Lord
Jesus Christ did the saving.
The Holy Spirit without a doubt guided Peter to
speak as he was led.
What did Peter say?]
[Peter focused the multitude upon the powerful Word of
God and its fulfillment.
16 But this is
that which was spoken by
the prophet Joel; ]
For David speaketh concerning him,
. . . ]
[Peter used the Word of God and its fulfillment as the
foundation for their message.
Christians must learn to always use the Word of
12 For the
word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword,
piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and
spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and
discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. ]
17 So then
faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. ]
[My thoughts and ideas about God will never carry to
power that the Word of God carries.
Christians should purposefully memorize the Word
of God so that they can use the Word of God to point
people to the Son of God and the salvation provided by
[Peter pointed out that the Lord Jesus Christ and
everything that had happened to Him was in fulfillment
of the Word of God and the purposes of God.]
(vs 22-24,31-33,36; 1 Cor 15.1-4) [- The
Gospel was the clear message presented by the Apostle
is the clear Gospel message?]
brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached
unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye
stand; 2 By
which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I
preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
3 For I delivered
unto you first of all that which I also received, how
that Christ died for our sins according to the
And that he was buried, and that he rose again the
third day according to the scriptures: ]
[The Gospel is the Death, Burial, and resurrection of
our Lord Jesus Christ.
Now consider the message of Peter.]
22 Ye men of
Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man
approved of God among you by miracles and
wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of
you, as ye yourselves also know:
23 Him, being
delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge
of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands
have crucified and slain:
Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the
pains of death: because it was not possible that he
should be holden of it. ]
[Peter added nothing to nor took anything away from the Gospel.]
31 He seeing this before spake of the
resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in
hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.
32 This Jesus
hath God raised up,
whereof we all are witnesses. 33
Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received
of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which
ye now see and hear. ]
36 Therefore let all the house of
Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have
crucified, both Lord and Christ. ]
[The focus of this very first message given by
the New Testament Church after the giving of the Holy Spirit has been and
always must be the message of the Church for all time.
There is no new message to discover and give.
The central and only saving message of our Lord’s people is as old as
the Church and will endure until our Lord raptures His people out of this
[My brothers and sisters let us never be
discourage and by our cultures shifting sands and situational ethics.
The message of our Lord never changes because our Lord never changes.
Let us carry the gospel to all the world for this is the power and
work of the Holy Spirit within us.]
The Following (vs 37-41) [–
when they heard
they were pricked in
their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles,
Men and brethren, what shall we do? 38
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of
you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall
receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 39
For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are
even as many
as the Lord our God shall call. 40
And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying,
Save yourselves from
this untoward generation. 41
Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the
same day there were added unto them
about three thousand souls. ]
the people of God were faithful to proclaim the gospel of Christ.
We are called to be witnesses and we fulfill our calling when we witness.
So we must be diligent to proclaim the Gospel of our Lord with every
opportunity that we are given.
We win when we witness.]
that there was the pricking of their heart. This is the Holy Spirit’s
responsibility and work. We
cannot make the Word of God effective or ineffective.
It is the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit alone that can use the Word
of God to prick a heart.]
that were present that day three thousand were saved.]
The Ministry (vs 42-47) [–
important to note that the work of the Holy Spirit was not exclusively
toward the lost that day. But
the Holy Spirit also worked in and through the Church to minister to the
people of the Body of Christ.
The Body of our Lord is meant to be a ministering caring body.
But you must be with the body, and working in the body, in order for
the ministry to take place.
Commitment (vs 42-43) [–
continued stedfastly in the
apostles' doctrine and
breaking of bread, and in
43 And fear
came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were
done by the apostles.
– Notice the
persistence that was present with them, they continued
They sacrificially gave of their time to be with one
[Notice also that they gave themselves for the sake of
doctrine or the teaching which we might equate to the
preaching and teaching of the Word of God.
They also gave themselves to fellowship and this
would mean a heartfelt communion.
There was also the Lord’s Table or communion and
We might call this worship in our day.
These are the things that should permeate our
And all that
believed were together, and had all things common; 45
And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all
men, as every man had need.
– This was not communism
but it was a caring for one another, not just in word, but in action and
deed. Someone might wonder how
they could just take their stuff and give it to each other.
But when a person truly finds the Lord Jesus Christ and comes to
realize what our Lord has promised for our future, both mortal and eternal,
then one realizes that this worlds stuff is just temporal stuff and it’s
easy to give away something that you just can’t keep anyway.
This demonstrates that their love was a deep, spiritual and real
Their Communion (vs 46-47) [–
And they, continuing daily with
in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat
with gladness and singleness of heart, 47
and having favour with all the people.
And the Lord added
to the church daily such as should be saved.
– Now the chapter closes with two words that were very near the opening of
the chapter, One Accord. Again,
my Christian friends we are reminded that unity matters to God.
If unity matters to God then unity should matter to us and we should
strive and work to be forgiving, kind, and compassionate one to another. ]
[It was their unity and fellowship that nurtured their
praise and worship and made them inviting to the many
that were added to the Church daily.]
Baptist, Sunday Evening, Aug 01, 2010
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