“Jesus, A Miracle Worker”/Peter Addresses The Crowd II

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

“Peter Addresses The Crowd” cont’d, 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 has shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.  Philippians 2:9; Hebrews 10:12.  34) David is not ascended into the Heavens:  but he saith himself, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit Thou on My right hand,  35) Until I make Thy foes Thy footstool.   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.  2Thessalonians 1:7-10.  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?  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.  2Corinthians 7:10.  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.  Romans 9:8; Ephesians 2;13.   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.  42) And they continued stedfastly in the Apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.  Hebrews 10:25.  43) And fear came upon every soul:  and many wonders and signs were done by the Apostles.  44) And all that believed were together, and had all things common;  Acts 4:32.  45) And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.  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,  47) Praising God, and having favour with all the people.  And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.     

Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary – v 32, 33-36, Christ’s Resurrection took away the reproach of His Death; Peter speaks largely upon this.  Christ was God’s Holy One, sanctified and set apart to His service in the work of redemption.  His Death and sufferings should be, not to Him only, but to all who belong to Him, the entrance to a blessed life forever more.  Nor did the Resurrection rest upon this alone; Christ had poured upon His Disciples the miraculous gifts and Divine influences, of which they witnessed the effects.  Through the Saviour, the ways of life are made known; and we are encouraged to expect God’s presence, and His favour for evermore.  All this springs from assured belief that Jesus is the Lord, and the anointed Saviour.  v37-41, From the first delivery of that Divine message, it appeared that there was Divine power going with it; and thousands were brought to the obedience of faith.  But neither Peter’s words, nor the miracle they witnessed, could have produced such effects, had not the Holy Spirit been given.  SInners, when their eyes are opened, cannot but be pricked to the heart for sin, cannot but feel an inward uneasiness.  The Apostle exhorted them to repent of their sins, and openly to avow (admit) their belief in Jesus as the Messiah, by being baptized in His name.  Thus professing their faith in Him they would receive remission of their sins, and partake of the gifts and graces of the Holy Spirit.  To separate from wicked people, is the only way to save ourselves from them.  Those who repent of their sins, and give up themselves to Jesus Christ, must prove their sincerity by breaking off from the wicked.  By God’s Grace (favor) three thousand persons accepted the gospel invitation.  There can be no doubt that the gift of the Holy Ghost, which they all received, and from which no true believer has ever been shut out, was that Spirit of adoption, that converting, guiding, sanctifying grace, which is bestowed upon all the members of the family of our Heavenly Father.  Repentance and remission of sins are still preached to the chief of sinners, in the Redeemer’s name; still the Holy Spirit seals the blessing on the believer’s heart; still the encouraging promises are to us and our children; and still the blessings are offered to all that are afar off.  v42-47 In these verses we have the history of the truly primitive church, of the first days of it; its state of infancy indeed, and the state of its greatest innocence.  They kept to holy ordinances, and abounded in piety (worship), awe (fear and respect) and devotion; for Christianity, when admitted in the power of it, will dispose (arrange) the soul to communion with God in all those ways wherein He has appointed us to meet Him, and has promised to meet us.  The Holy Ghost filled them with such love, as made every one to be to another as to himself, and so made all things common, not by destroying property, but doing away selfishness, and causing charity.  The Lord, from day to day, inclined the hearts of more to embrace the gospel; not merely professors, but such as were actually brought  into a state of acceptance with God, being made partakers of regenerating grace.  Those whom God has designed for eternal salvation, shall be effectually brought to Christ, till the earth is filled with the knowledge of His Glory, magnificence.

More to come and God Bless You.           

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