Acts Chapter 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:
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Matthew Henry's Acts Chapter 2 Bible commentary...
The descent of the Holy Spirit at the day of Pentecost. (1-4) The apostles speak in divers languages. (5-13) Peter's address to the Jews. (14-36) Three thousand souls converted. (37-41) The piety and affection of the disciples. (42-47)1-4 We cannot forget how often, while their Master was with them there were strifes among the disciples which should be the greatest; but now all these strifes were at an end. They had prayed more together of late. Would we have the Spirit poured out upon us from on high, let us be all of one accord. And notwithstanding differences of sentiments and interests, as there were among those disciples, let us agree to love one another; for where brethren dwell together in unity, there the Lord commands his blessing. A rushing mighty wind came with great force. This was to signify the powerful influences and working of the Spirit of God upon the minds of men, and thereby upon the world. Thus the convictions of the Spirit make way for his comforts; and the rough blasts of that blessed wind, prepare the soul for its soft and gentle gales. There was an appearance of something like flaming fire, lighting on every one of them, according to John Baptist's saying concerning Christ; He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire. The Spirit, like fire, melts the heart, burns up the dross, and kindles pious and devout affections in the soul; in which, as in the fire on the altar, the spiritual sacrifices are offered up. They were all filled with the Holy Ghost, more than before. They were filled with the graces of the Spirit, and more than ever under his sanctifying influences; more weaned from this world, and better acquainted with the other. They were more filled with the comforts of the Spirit, rejoiced more than ever in the love of Christ and the hope of heaven: in it all their griefs and fears were swallowed up. They were filled with the gifts of the Holy Ghost; they had miraculous powers for the furtherance of the gospel. They spake, not from previous though or meditation, but as the Spirit gave them utterance.
5-13 The difference in languages which arose at Babel, has much hindered the spread of knowledge and religion. The instruments whom the Lord first employed in spreading the Christian religion, could have made no progress without this gift, which proved that their authority was from God.
14-21 Peter's sermon shows that he was thoroughly recovered from his fall, and thoroughly restored to the Divine favour; for he who had denied Christ, now boldly confessed him. His account of the miraculous pouring forth of the Spirit, was designed to awaken the hearers to embrace the faith of Christ, and to join themselves to his church. It was the fulfilling the Scripture, and the fruit of Christ's resurrection and ascension, and proof of both. Though Peter was filled with the Holy Ghost, and spake with tongues as the Spirit gave him utterance, yet he did not think to set aside the Scriptures. Christ's scholars never learn above their Bible; and the Spirit is given, not to do away the Scriptures, but to enable us to understand, approve, and obey them. Assuredly none will escape the condemnation of the great day, except those who call upon the name of the Lord, in and through his Son Jesus Christ, as the Saviour of sinners, and the Judge of all mankind.
22-36 From this gift of the Holy Ghost, Peter preaches unto them Jesus: and here is the history of Christ. Here is an account of his death and sufferings, which they witnessed but a few weeks before. His death is considered as God's act; and of wonderful grace and wisdom. Thus Divine justice must be satisfied, God and man brought together again, and Christ himself glorified, according to an eternal counsel, which could not be altered. And as the people's act; in them it was an act of awful sin and folly. Christ's resurrection did 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 his, the entrance to a blessed life for evermore. This event had taken place as foretold, and the apostles were witnesses. 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.
37-41 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 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. We must save ourselves from them; which denotes avoiding them with dread and holy fear. By God's grace 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.
42-47 In these verses we have the history of the truly primitive church, of the first days of it; its state of infancy indeed, but, like that, the state of its greatest innocence. They kept close to holy ordinances, and abounded in piety and devotion; for Christianity, when admitted in the power of it, will dispose 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 greatness of the event raised them above the world, and 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. And God who moved them to it, knew that they were quickly to be driven from their possessions in Judea. 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.
Evangelist Chatauna Robinson's Acts Chapter 2 comment on 9/22/2014, 12:24pm...
Hello Anonymous, Verse 4 is talking about the first true Christians of the Church age. There was the apostles, Mary the mother of Jesus and the number was about 120 in that upper room waiting on the promise, Acts 1 13, 14, 15. Now after Peter gave them the answer on what it took to be saved Acts 2 38 you then read 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 38 is for everyone. After these 120 were filled in the upper room in verse 4 In verse 41 more was added to the church that day, Verse 41 "Then they that gladly received his word were baptized and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls ". If you continue to read Acts, which is the beginning of the church age you will find many examples of people being filled with the Holy Ghost and being baptized in Jesus Christ name.
Anonymous's Acts Chapter 2 comment about verse 4 on 9/21/2014, 10:07am...
Was this pertaining to the decipals only or to all the people
Evangelist Chatauna Robinson's Acts Chapter 2 comment on 9/15/2014, 10:45am...
Then you picked out Corinthians 14 38, however if you read Verses 37 and 39 you will get the whole picture. If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord. But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant. Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues . In these passages of scriptures Paul was talking about the gifts of the spirit. This included the speaking in tongues as the spirit of God give utterance. He wanted to let everyone know that if they do not acknowledge what he has written then let him be ignorant, but he did not say to forbid anyone from speaking in tongues. Now as far as I know, I have steadfastly stood on the Word of God and have acknowledged both the baptism and the speaking with other tongues as the spirit of God give them utterance. Therefore, if you were directing this scripture to me then you are misdirecting because I acknowledge the Apostles doctrine without a shadow of a doubt. I believe in what Paul wrote.
Evangelist Chatauna Robinson's Acts Chapter 2 comment on 9/15/2014, 10:43am...
Hello James Let s talk about Titus 3. If you read up a little further you will find that Verse 9 But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law for they are unprofitable and vain . There is nothing foolish about our conversation. We have not talked about anyone s genealogies in reference to other people , we are not having any contentions that I know of, I am strictly adhering to the Word of God, and we are definitely not discussing law of the Old Testament. So therefore Verse 11 does not apply here I would think.
Evangelist Chatauna Robinson's Acts Chapter 2 comment on 9/15/2014, 10:03am...
Murali.R This is the third part. You are not going to like the answer. I do not want to offend anyone, but sometimes the truth is a hard pill to swallow. Now moving onto the scripture in 1 John 4 1 3, It is simply saying that if anyone comes and states that Jesus Christ was not both Lord and Christ, God manifested in the flesh he is of the spirit of the antichrist, which means the spirit of the devil. If you do not have Acts 2 38 then according to the word a person is not saved. It does not matter if this person is holding a position anywhere in the world. If a person have not repented, and been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of their sins, and they have not received the gift of the Holy Ghost with the evidence in speaking in other tongues as the spirit of God give utterance, a person or any person is not saved. Therefore,that person is leading people away from their inheritance. Because they are not telling people how to truly get saved.
Evangelist Chatauna Robinson's Acts Chapter 2 comment on 9/15/2014, 9:45am...
Part 2 Verse 11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not . The answer is Jesus Christ. The Jews did not really accept him as the Messiah or as their God. Finally, Verse 14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth . Now remember in Verse 1 it states that the Word was GOD. So then Jesus who was made flesh and dwelt among us was God manifested in the flesh.
Evangelist Chatauna Robinson's Acts Chapter 2 comment on 9/15/2014, 9:45am...
Hello Murali. R If you are asking me to explain 1 John 4 1 3, I will explain in three parts. First you have to understand who Jesus Christ is. He is God manifested in the flesh. He was the Word in the beginning. When you read in St. John Chapter 1 you will find this answer. Verse 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God . The Word is Jesus Christ. He was in the beginning, he was with God in the mind of God to create a fleshly body , and he was God himself. Verse 3 All things were made by him and without him was not anything made that was made . It states, when you read over in Genesis 1 1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth . It states in Verse 10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not . My question to you is, Who was in the world? The answer is Jesus Christ.
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