August 2nd, 2017
“And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
A simple verse to understand is it not? It is also one with great meaning and has a mind blowing story that’s attached to it.
This verse takes place for the disciples on the Day of Pentecost when they were all gathered together. Jesus told them all that they would receive the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8), but little did they know when that would occur. In Acts 2:4, that’s exactly what happened: they received the Holy Spirit.
In verse five we see that the disciples were not alone but that in Acts 2:5-6,
5 “Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. 6 And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in His own language.”
Some of the devout men were amazed and questioned, “What does this mean?” (verse 12), while “others mocking said, ‘They are filled with new wine,’ ” (verse 13)
Part of the group of devout Jews thought the disciples were drunk, but Peter explained to them how Jesus had kept His word to give them the Holy Spirit and that even the prophet, Joel, wrote down that this day would come (verses 17-21). Although the disciples were thought to be crazy, Peter held onto the truth, God’s truth. He held onto God’s Word, and in peace he defended the truth using the Holy Scripture itself. He even shared about Jesus and His life with the devout men. After all he said to them, he came to what is said in verse 36:
“Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”
Wow…how this truth must’ve hurt them. How ashamed they must have felt. We can clearly see that, in verse 37, “Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, ‘Brothers what shall we do?’ ”
What then? What did Peter say to them?
“And Peter said to them, ‘Repent and baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise if for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.’ ”
And what did the devout men do? They repented and were baptized. The Bible says that about 3,000 souls were saved that day (Acts 2:41). Wow…truly the Lord’s Word never returns void! Not only is the promise of Isaiah 55:11 proven true, but these are the following things I’m holding onto from this:
- ANYONE who repents and believes in Jesus IS promised the Holy Spirit, our helper.
- I have been given the Holy Spirit. (He is with me always!)
- Jesus’ promises are true today.
- When people speak lies against me, don’t be afraid to speak the truth, just like Peter did.
- Speak God’s Word; neither the Enemy nor any evil can defeat it.
Lord, may I remember to hold onto these truths when the trials come. Lord, remind me to hold fast to the truth and let your Word be my weapon and shield. Lord, may I look back on this and remember…may I never cease to continually remember your salvation You’ve given to me and the help of the Holy Spirit that I have with me always. To your name be honor, glory, and power, Jesus. Amen!