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Memory verses for this week: Phil 2:15 That ye may be
blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and
perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world.
Introduction: In Chapter 1 last week, we
saw the apostles coming together and doing those things commanded of the Lord just before
He ascended unto the Father. We saw the first business meeting of the church as the church
voted to replace to vacancy of Judas Iscariot with Matthias, a man they felt who would
fill the office the best.
I. The Day of Pentecost
Acts 2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in
I think there are few things that probably please God more than to see His people
gathering together for His honor in one place, and to be in "one accord." With
so many differences of opinion on virtually every topic today, it is a unique church who
can come together and be of the "one mind" that Jesus would have us to be. But
if we are in Gods Will, we will be in agreement on all the major doctrines, we will
love one another and put Gods Word above all other authorities on decisions, and we
will be backing our Pastor in his leadership of the church. These people were like
one mind, one accord.
1 Cor 2:15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no
1 Cor 2:16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we
have the mind of Christ.
The day of Pentecost came 50 days after the passover feast and was called the Feast of
Harvest. We know the Lord showed himself 40 days after the resurrection (Acts 1:3), and
with the ten days of waiting, we have the 50 days.
Exo 23:16 And the feast of harvest, the firstfruits of thy labours, which thou hast
sown in the field: and the feast of ingathering, which is in the end of the year, when
thou hast gathered in thy labours out of the field.
Lev 23:15 And ye shall count unto you from the morrow after the sabbath, from the day
that ye brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven sabbaths shall be complete:
Lev 23:16 Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days;
and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the LORD.
Lev 23:17 Ye shall bring out of your habitations two wave loaves of two tenth deals:
they shall be of fine flour; they shall be baken with leaven; they are the firstfruits
unto the LORD.
Lev 23:18 And ye shall offer with the bread seven lambs without blemish of the first
year, and one young bullock, and two rams: they shall be for a burnt offering unto the
LORD, with their meat offering, and their drink offerings, even an offering made by fire,
of sweet savour unto the LORD.
Lev 23:19 Then ye shall sacrifice one kid of the goats for a sin offering, and two
lambs of the first year for a sacrifice of peace offerings.
Lev 23:20 And the priest shall wave them with the bread of the firstfruits for a wave
offering before the LORD with the two lambs: they shall be holy to the LORD for the
Lev 23:21 And ye shall proclaim on the selfsame day, that it may be an holy convocation
unto you: ye shall do no servile work therein: it shall be a statute for ever in all your
dwellings throughout your generations.
Lev 23:22 And when ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not make clean riddance
of the corners of thy field when thou reapest, neither shalt thou gather any gleaning of
thy harvest: thou shalt leave them unto the poor, and to the stranger: I am the LORD your
Acts 2:2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and
it filled all the house where they were sitting.
We see the Holy Spirit filled the house where the church was gathered together. They
were baptized in the Holy Spirit by Christ on this day. Remember the verse we read last
week in Matthew where John the Baptist told how Jesus would come and baptize them with the
Mat 3:11 I indeed baptize you with
water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am
not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:
Acts 2:3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon
each of them.
Acts 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other
tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
In verse 4, we see that they were all filled with the Holy Ghost. While Christ used the
element of the Holy Spirit to baptize the believers in the church on this great day, today
we are filled with the Holy Spirit when we are saved. Because of the unique situation that
was there in that day, many spake in tongues to give others there that did not speak the
Hebrew and Greek the ability to understand the message that was preached. Note these were
not gibberish words like many who claim to speak in tongues today, but were words of
another language. When you see the term "unknown" tongue in the Bible, you see
the word unknown italicized to point out that there was no exact word to bring over the
meaning to the English language. As the Spirit gave them utterance, they spoke in a
language that they truly did not know. That would be as if I suddenly could speak fluent
Chinese and Ive never studied the language. This may seem impossible with man, but
with God, all things are possible. The first time we have record of there being more than
one language on earth was over in Genesis Chapter 11 where God confounded the people who
were trying to build a tower unto heaven.
Gen 11:7 Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not
understand one another's speech.
Gen 11:8 So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth:
and they left off to build the city.
Gen 11:9 Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound
the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the
face of all the earth.
Some other references made in the bible in speaking in tongues are recorded in Acts at
the house of Cornelius and in I Corinthians where Paul put more emphasis on making what
was spoken to be simple and understandable than to speak in many tongues.
Acts 10:44 While Peter yet spake
these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.
Acts 10:45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came
with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Acts 10:46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered
Acts 10:47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have
received the Holy Ghost as well as we?
Acts 10:48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed
they him to tarry certain days.
1 Cor 14:18 I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all:
1 Cor 14:19 Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that
by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.
Acts 2:5 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation
Acts 2:6 Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were
confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.
Acts 2:7 And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not
all these which speak Galilaeans?
Acts 2:8 And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?
Acts 2:9 Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in
Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia,
Acts 2:10 Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and
strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes,
Acts 2:11 Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works
Acts 2:12 And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What
Acts 2:13 Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.
They were all astounded at the ability to hear in their native tongue when the person
speaking did not know their language. God gave special abilities on this day. We see all
these many different people with various backgrounds who had traveled from far away to be
in attendance on this great day there in Jerusalem. All of these names are different
languages spoken that day. Some thought that those speaking were drunk, but in verse 14-15
Peter makes it clear that a great thing was being done fulfilling prophecy by the prophet
II. Peters Sermon.. a Fulfillment of Prophecy in Joel
Acts 2:14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto
them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and
hearken to my words:
Acts 2:15 For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of
Acts 2:16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;
Acts 2:17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my
Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men
shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
Acts 2:18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my
Spirit; and they shall prophesy:
Acts 2:19 And I will show wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath;
blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:
Acts 2:20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that
great and notable day of the Lord come:
Acts 2:21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord
shall be saved.
The verses over in Joel are in Chapter 2 of Joel.
Joel 2:27 And ye shall know that I
am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the LORD your God, and none else: and my people
shall never be ashamed.
Joel 2:28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all
flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams,
your young men shall see visions:
Joel 2:29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour
out my spirit.
Joels prophecy covered much more than just this one day, but covered from the
coming of the Holy Spirit on this day of Pentecost to the close of tribulation. Note the
verses in Revelation Chapter 6.
Rev 6:12 And I beheld when he had
opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as
sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;
Rev 6:13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her
untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.
Rev 6:14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every
mountain and island were moved out of their places.
Rev 6:15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief
captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the
dens and in the rocks of the mountains;
Rev 6:16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of
him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
Rev 6:17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
In verse 17, it is important that we keep the distinction clear between "the last
days" in relation to the nation of Israel and the "last days" relating to
the church and the end of our time period. The "last days" as related to the
church began with the birth of Jesus Christ. The "last days" as related to
Israel are the days of Israels exaltation and blessing, and synonymous with the
We are so blessed to be living in this time called the dispensation of Grace. In verse
21, it says a time will come that "whosoever will call on the name of the Lord will
be saved." We should realize what a blessing and opportunity is set before every man
and woman in this time of the Gentiles.
We need to make the most of this time, because a day is coming, and is not long away in
my estimation, when the Lord will gather together the Jews again and this nation will be
born again in a day.
Rom 10:8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart:
that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
Rom 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in
thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
Rom 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth
confession is made unto salvation.
Rom 10:11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
Rom 10:12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord
over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
Rom 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Rom 10:14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall
they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a
Rom 10:15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How
beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of
Rom 10:16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath
believed our report?
Rom 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
III. The Works of Jesus Prove He is Lord and Christ
Acts 2:22 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:
Peter gives good advice to the crowd that day, and it is good for us today. "Hear
these words." So many want to speak today, but not many will listen. When it comes to
Gods Word, it is wise that we all listen to "Thus Saith the Word of God."
In verse 22, Peter tells them that by the many wonders and signs that Jesus performed, God
proved Him to be the Christ. Jesus truly was a man approved of God.
John 3:1 There was a man of the
Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
John 3:2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou
art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God
be with him.
Acts 2:23 Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye
have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:
Acts 2:24 Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not
possible that he should be holden of it.
It was no accident that Jesus went to Calvary on that specific day. We mentioned last
week that when the fulness of time came, Jesus was born. And when the appointed day came,
Jesus went to the Cross to pay for our sins. Christs death was according to a
definite and fixed purpose of God. In the eternal counsel halls of glory, God the Father
made a pact with the Son that He would come and die to pay for the sins of mankind. This
was a well thought out and settled plan with the foreknowledge of God. He knew that even
with the all the law, man could never live up to the requirements of righteousness, and
someone would have to pay the debt of our sins if we were to ever come into the presence
of God. God being totally righteous, can not look upon sin. We who know Christ as Savior
are able to come to God because of the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ. None of us
in our own righteousness can stand before God, but as many as will acknowledge their
sinful condition and turn to the Savior, can be saved and have the righteousness of Jesus
Christ. Speaking concerning Abraham over in Romans, Paul by leadership of the Holy Spirit
Rom 4:18 Who against hope believed
in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was
spoken, So shall thy seed be.
Rom 4:19 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he
was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah's womb:
Rom 4:20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in
faith, giving glory to God;
Rom 4:21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to
Rom 4:22 And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.
Rom 4:23 Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him;
Rom 4:24 But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised
up Jesus our Lord from the dead;
Rom 4:25 Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our
IV. David Spoke of Christs Future Kingdom
Acts 2:25 For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face,
for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved:
Acts 2:26 Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my
flesh shall rest in hope:
Acts 2:27 Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine
Holy One to see corruption.
Because of what David foresaw, he said his heart rejoiced and his tongue was glad.
David looked forward to the promise of Christs coming, where you and I look back in
full assurance with faith because of the Words penned and the prophecies fulfilled by our
Savior. David said he knew God would not let Christs body decay even after death.
Acts 2:28 Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy
with thy countenance.
I rejoice with David in the Lord making known to use the ways of life. All the ways of
life are tied to Jesus Christ, the way, the truth, and the life. If we want to have a
successful and joyous life, we need look no further than to Jesus Christ. He puts joy in
your heart and hope in your step.
Acts 2:29 Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that
he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day.
Acts 2:30 Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to
him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to
sit on his throne;
Acts 2:31 He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was
not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.
David was prophetical in these words, that one day God would put Christ on the throne
of David. Christ came and lived for 33 ½ years before His death on Mount Calvary, but He
never sat on this royal throne. In the Millennial kingdom, the 1,000 years following the 7
years of tribulation, Jesus will sit on Davids Throne and control this entire earth
as he will rule with righteousness like this world has never known.
V. The Resurrection of Jesus Proves He is Lord and Christ
Acts 2:32 This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.
Acts 2:33 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.
Acts 2:34 For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The Lord
said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand,
Acts 2:35 Until I make thy foes thy footstool.
Acts 2:36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that
same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.
We find that Jesus is to sit on the right hand of God until God makes Satan His
footstool. Peter in this great sermon reminds the Jews that the one they crucified, God
has made both Lord and Christ.
- Salvation by Grace
Acts 2:37 Now when they heard
this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the
apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?
Acts 2:38 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
Acts 2:39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar
off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
Acts 2:40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves
from this untoward generation.
Acts 2:41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there
were added unto them about three thousand souls.
Many religious groups have tried to use verse 38
to prove baptismal regeneration. But the key word in this teaching if the first word
"REPENT". When the Jews heard the sermon, it says they were pricked in the
heart. Conviction of sin brings this.. and when we then acknowledge our sin, repent of it,
and turn to Christ for salvation, we are saved. We are baptized as an act of righteousness
and it brings us into the local church. But acts of righteousness do not save
Mat 3:13 Then cometh Jesus from
Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.
Mat 3:14 But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest
thou to me?
Mat 3:15 And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it
becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.
Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy
he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
Titus 3:6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;
Titus 3:7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the
hope of eternal life.
Do you remember all those difficult
"persons" of verbs when you studied English in Junior High.
If you look carefully at these verses, you find that "repent" is second
person plural.. it is a command to the world to all men. "Be baptized" is third
only those who have repented and been saved were to be baptized.
"Ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost" is second person plural. If you
look carefully, you will understand that Peter was saying to Repent and receive the gift
of the Holy Ghost.. and then be baptized everyone of you in the name of Jesus because of
the remission of your sins. Dont let people mislead you on this verse. The bible is
always in total harmony. It does not teach one thing about salvation and then teach a
conflicting scripture somewhere else. We need to always ask the "who",
"what" "when" and "where" questions. Is this during the New
Who is talking. When Jesus spoke, it was crystal clear except when
He spoke of the deeper things or the teaching with the parables. But get everything in
synch before coming to conclusion as to what one or two verses mean. Many are mislead by
television evangelists who use verses out of context to teach false doctrine.
We see that 3,000 responded to the preaching and were saved and baptized.
- Church was Empowered by the Spirit
Acts 2:42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and
in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
Acts 2:43 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the
Acts 2:44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common;
Acts 2:45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every
man had need.
Acts 2:46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread
from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,
Acts 2:47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to
the church daily such as should be saved.
We see after the church was empowered from on high that they continued stedfastly in
"Apostles doctrine, fellowship, and breaking of bread, and in prayer."
These were the needful things necessary to continue Gods work. We need to be sure we
dont fail to study Gods Word every week. In verse 43, it says that "fear
came upon all of them". We know that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.
(Prov. 9:10) As they continued daily, God blessed them and the Lord added to the church
daily such as should be saved.
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