Read thru New Testament Devotional – June 17, 2017

June 17

 

Acts 2:14-47

Acts 2:14-36-Peter stands up and addresses the crowd and tells them that what was happening was fulfillment of the prophecy of Joel (2:28-32) concerning the last days…God will send the Holy Spirit (as a result: men and women, young and old…will proclaim the word of God, and have visions and dreams), there will signs that will identify these as the last days, and salvation to those who call on the name of the LORD.  He then preaches about Jesus...and shows that what they have just heard and seen (miracles and wonders) was the fulfillment of prophecy concerning the Messiah.  He tells them that though they crucified Him, it was impossible for death to hold Him…because God raised Him up.  This was the fulfillment of what David spoke of concerning the resurrection (:31) of Christ (Messiah) in Psalm 16:8-11.  David trusted in the promise of God to put one of his descendants on his throne, forever.  This descendant was Jesus.  Peter says that they are all witnesses of His resurrection.  This is what identifies Him as the descendant who is to sit on the throne of David.  Now, having ascended into Heaven and being in the presence of God the Father…He has enabled the disciples to speak in other languages to proclaim this publicly so that everyone will know that Jesus is “both Lord and Christ.”

Acts 2:37-40-This (that they had crucified the Messiah, :23) brought conviction upon many who were there and they asked what they should do.  Peter tells them to repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus in order to be forgiven and then they too will receive the Holy Spirit.

 

Repent, Repentance:

lit., "to perceive afterwards" (meta, "after," implying "change," noeo, "to perceive;" nous, "the mind, the seat of moral reflection"), in contrast to pronoeo, "to perceive beforehand," hence signifies "to change one's mind or purpose," always, in the NT, involving a change for the better, an amendment, and always, except in Luk 17:3, 4, of "repentance" from sin. The word is found in the Synoptic Gospels (in Luke, nine times), in Acts five times, in the Apocalypse twelve times, eight in the messages to the churches, Rev 2:5 (twice), 16, 21 (twice), RV, "she willeth not to repent" (2nd part); Rev 3:3, 19 (the only churches in those chapters which contain no exhortation in this respect are those at Smyrna and Philadelphia); elsewhere only in 2Cr 12:21.

https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G3340&t=NASB

 

This promise is for everyone who responds to the call of the Lord.  He continued to preach and explain the gospel…and call on them to be saved.

Acts 2:41-47-About 3,000 people were saved and baptized.  Verses 42-47 tells about the type of relationship that then developed among the believers in the following days as a result of their having accepted Christ.  How wonderful it would be to be a part of a church like this!

  1. devotion to the Apostles (:42)
  2. teaching (:42)
  3. fellowship (:42)
  4. breaking of bread (:42)
  5. prayer (:42)
  6. sense of awe (:43)
  7. many wonders and signs (:43)
  8. together...providing for one another (:44-45)
  9. day by day continuing (:46)
  10. with one mind (:46)
  11. in the temple (:46)
  12. breaking bread house to house (:46)
  13. gladness (:46)
  14. sincerity of heart (:46)
  15. praising God (:47)
  16. favor with all the people (:47)
  17. the Lord was adding to their number (:47)

Prayer: Lord, please fill me to overflowing with Your Holy Spirit...so that I might serve You in the ways that can only be done through Your Spirit.  And, so that I might know the completeness of fellowship with Your church...because it is only through the presence and work of Your Holy Spirit that we can be the people that You would have us to be.

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