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.
Grant's Acts Chapter 2 comment about verse 36 on 7/21/2014, 1:25pm...
Hey Trinitarians If Jesus were God, why didnt he resurrect himself, also at Rev 3 12 if the speaker is God, who is Gods God? Please dont fall back on " it 's a mystery " " thing either.
Agazi Mezemir's Acts Chapter 2 comment about verse 38 on 7/04/2014, 9:52pm...
God is one, his name is Jesus!
Bro. Mike's Acts Chapter 2 comment on 6/27/2014, 11:45pm...
We will not always understand what language is being spoken.their are an estimated 6,700 languages spoken in this world and some of those spoken by fewer than 1000 people.Sometimes it may sound like jibber jabber and not a specific language to you but i seriously doubt that you would be able to recognise the origin of all 6,700 of those languages.So that would make some of them sound like jibber jabber to you but it doesn 't necessarily mean that they are.1 Corr. 14 v.2 He that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men but unto God for no man understandeth him.God waited until the feast of Pentecost to send the promise of His spirit when there were jews from every nation under heaven Acts 2 v.5 because of the feast,there were also strangers of Rome there Jews and proselytes aka gentiles converted to judaism.This will not be the case in most churches of today most will have people from 1 to maybe 5 nations present but that won 't stop hungry people from recieving the Holy Ghost just like it did not stop Cornelius and the rest of the gentiles in his house from recieving it with the evidence of tongues in Acts chapter 10 .May God bless and give increase to the seed I have planted in you as only He can.
Bro. Mike's Acts Chapter 2 comment on 6/27/2014, 9:40pm...
1 Cor. 1 27 GOD HAS CHOSEN THE FOOLISH THINGS OF THIS WORLD TO CONFOUND THE WISE.TO THOSE WHO THINK SPEAKING IN OTHER TONGUES FOOLISHNESS JIBBER JABBER AS YOU SAY.YOU ARE WISE IN YOUR OWN EYES AND YOU WILL NEVER EXPERIENCE THIS PRECIOUS GIFT OF GOD UNTIL YOU GET OVER YOURSELF AND BECOME BROKEN AND CONTRITE BEFORE HIM.SPEAKING IN OTHER TONGUES IS NOT MY WAY ,NOT YOUR WAY,BUT GOD 'S WAY OF SHOWING THAT A BELIEVER HAS BEEN FILLED WITH THE HOLY GHOST AS THE SPIRIT GIVES THEM THE UTTERANCE SPEAKING IN TONGUES ACTS 2v.4,Acts 10 v.46,Acts 19 v.2 thru 6.SPEAKING IN TONGUES WILL ALWAYS BE CONSIDERED FOOLISHNESS BY THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE WORLD.PAUL ADMITTED 'I THANK MY GOD I SPEAK WITH TONGUES MORE THAN YE ALL.1 COR. 14 V.39 FORBID NOT TO SPEAK WITH TONGUES. DO YOU EVER HEAR ANYONE SPEAKING IN TONGUES IN YOUR CHURCH? IF YOU HAVE NOT THEN YOUR IN THE WRONG CHURCH.
KJB's Acts Chapter 2 comment on 6/27/2014, 9:18am...
People get confused by not rightly dividing the word of truth 2 Tim 2 15. Chrisma means gifted. Tongues are one of the least gifts one could have see 1 Cor 12 30 and 31. They are not unknown jibber jabber. They are languages that one did not have to study to be able to share the gospel with someone else. See Acts 2 verse 8 And how hear we every man in our own TONGUE, wherein we were born? then verse 6 , because that every man heard them speak in his own LANGUAGE. We do not need them today but they will be given again to the 144,000 in the Tribulation to be able to carry the gospel into all the world. Go ye and learn what that meaneth.
Bro. Mike's Acts Chapter 2 comment on 6/27/2014, 12:07am...
THERE A 2 TYPES OF TONGUES THAT I HAVE NOTICED 1 THE INITIAL SIGN THAT YOU HAVE RECIEVED THE GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT AKA HOLY GHOST ACTS 2 4 ACTS 10 46 ACTS 19 2 6 THESE TONGUES ARE AVAILABLE TO EVERYONE ACTS 2 39 AND MUST BE EXPERIENCED BY EVERY TRUE BELIEVER MARK 16 17 THESE SIGNS SHALL FOLLOW THEM THAT BELIEVE new tongues JOHN 7 38 39 THEY THAT BELIEVE ON JESUS SHOULD RECIEVE THE HOLY GHOST 2 THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT AKA HOLY GHOST COME AFTER RECIEVING THE HOLY SPIRIT ONE OF THESE IS THE GIFT OF TONGUES WHICH IS NOT GIVEN TO EVERYONE BUT IS ONLY FOR CERTAIN MEMBERS OF THE BODY OF CHRIST 1 COR.12 10 THIS IS WHERE PEOPLE GET CONFUSED MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL.
Ann johnson's Acts Chapter 2 comment on 6/23/2014, 11:46pm...
verse 38 Just what part of "every one of you " do you not understand? Every one means all. This is what you MUST do.
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