Scripture: Acts 2

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The Holy Spirit Comes At Pentecost

Acts 2:1-13 (KJV) And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.  And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.  And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.  And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.  And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.  Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.  And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?  And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?  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 proselytes, 11 Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.  12 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. 

Questions:

1. Where were the disciples when the day of Pentecost came (Acts 2:1)?

2. What did they hear and what happened (Acts 2:2-4)?

3. Why was the multitude confounded and what did they say (Acts 2:6-12)?

4. What did others say (Acts 2:13)?

Answers:

1. They were all with one accord in one place.

2. They heard a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.  And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire and it sat upon each of them.  And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost (Spirit), and they began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

3. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.  And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, “Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?  Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia,  Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.”  12 And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, “What meaneth this?”

4. Others mocking said, “These men are full of new wine.”

Peter Addresses The Crowd

Acts 2:14-41 (KJV) 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: 15 For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.  16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; 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: 18 And on My servants and on My handmaidens I will pour out in those days of My Spirit; and they shall prophesy: 19 And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: 20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come: 21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”  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: 24 Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that He should be holden of it.  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: 26 Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope: 27 Because Thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.  28 Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with Thy countenance.  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.  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; 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.  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, 35 Until I make Thy foes Thy footstool.  36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made the same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.  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.  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.  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.

Questions:

1. What did Peter tell the men of Israel (Acts 2:14-16)?

2. What did Joel say God had spoken (Acts 2:17-21)?

3. Then what did Peter tell the men of Israel (Acts 2:22-24)?

4. What did David say about Jesus (Acts 2:25-28)?

5. Who would God raise (Acts 2:30)?

6. What was said about Christ Jesus (Acts 2:31-33)?

7. What caused the house of Israel to be pricked in their heart and what did they ask (Acts 2:36-37)?

8. What was Peter’s answer to their question (Acts 2:38-39)?

9. What happened to those who gladly received Peter’s word (Acts 2:41)?

Answers:

1. Peter told the men of Israel they were not drunk. Then he told them that what had just happened was spoken of by the prophet Joel.

2. Joel said the words God had spoken, “And it shall come to pass in the last days, 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: And on My servants and on My handmaidens I will pour out in those days of My Spirit; and they shall prophesy: And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: 20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come: And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” 

3. Peter said, “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: 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.”

4.  David spoke concerning Jesus, “I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for He is on my right hand, that I should not be moved:Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope: Because Thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt Thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.  Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; Thou shalt make me full of joy with Thy countenance.”

5. God would raise up Christ Jesus to sit on His throne.

6. Jesus would be resurrected.  His soul would not be left in hell, neither would His flesh see corruption.  Jesus is by the right hand of God exalted, and has received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost. 

7. When those of the house of Israel heard Peter say, “God hath made the same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ” they were pricked in their heart and asked what should they do.

8. 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.  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.”

9. Then they that gladly received Peter’s word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

The Fellowship Of The Believers

Acts 2:42-47 42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.  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; 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.

Questions:

1. What did those that were saved do (Acts 2:42, 44-47a)?

2. What came upon every soul and what was done by the apostles (Acts 2:43)?

3. What did the Lord do (Acts 2: 47b)?

Answers:

1. Those that were saved continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship and in breaking of bread and in prayers.  And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.  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, praising God, and having favour with all the people.

 2. Fear came upon every soul and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.

3. The Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

HEAR the WORD

Acts 2:17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out 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:

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above verse.  My Bible notes say “the last days” includes all the days between Christ’s first and second comings. At Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4) the Holy Spirit was released throughout the entire world. Now everyone can receive the Holy Spirit.

MEMORIZE the WORD

Acts 2:38-39 (NIV) 38 Peter replied, “Repent, and be 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.  39 The promise is for you, and your children, and for all who are far off – for all whom the Lord our God will call.”

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

Are we behaving like the early Christians (Acts 2:42-47); that is devoting ourselves to learning what is in God’s Word?  Are we praising God?

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

Are we fellowshipping and praying with other believers?  Are we sharing what we have with one another?

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will devote ourselves to reading and understanding Your Word.  I pray we will fellowship and pray with other believers.  I pray we will share what we have with others. I pray we will praise You and enjoy the company of other believers (Acts 2:42-47). In Christ Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I devote our resources, time and energy to serving the Lord.” <>< Dona