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 10/22/2014, 5:58am...
Part 4 of 5 In John 14 8 to 10, Jesus acknowledges he is the Father. Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you and yet has thou not known me, Philip? He that hath seen me hath seen the Father and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works . The flesh is a house in which the spirit and soul resides. In 11 Corinthians 5 19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation .
Evangelist Chatauna Robinson's Acts Chapter 2 comment on 10/22/2014, 5:57am...
Part 2 of 5 Jesus Christ has not lied. Satan is the father of lies. The fleshly body of Jesus Christ acknowledges the deity within. Jesus stated himself in John 10 30 I and my father are one . The scriptures clearly states that the God that made everything from the beginning, the creation, came in a fleshly body and dwelt among us. It clearly states that the God that said in the Old Testament to Moses, tell the people I AM have sent you is the same God that told the Jews that he was the I AM in the New Testament. This is why the Jews got so angry with Jesus Christ because he declared his divinity and they did not accept it, like so many today.
James's Acts Chapter 2 comment on 10/21/2014, 3:38pm...
I know the evangelist doesnt believe in the Tri Unity of God, Three in one and one in three and the one in the middle died for me, and the words from her posts eat as doth a canker. So surely the evangelist believes that Jesus was and is sinless. If so explain how HE said in John 5 37 that "the Father Himself which hath sent me, hath born witness of me. Now in the law it says in Deut. 17 6 and 19 15 At the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established. This fact is also confirmed in John 8 16 17and vs 54 also in 2 Cor 13 1. So if Jesus is only one person, both as, the Father and the Son, He would be deceiving us and lying, thereby breaking the Law and sinning. If He is the Father then there is only one witness to His Diety. What He is saying is that He is one individual and the Father is another, making two witnesses. One God manifested in three persons. If the evangelist 's position is correct, then Jesus is a sinner and could not have died for your sins and mine and we are of all men most miserable.
Evangelist Chatauna Robinson's Acts Chapter 2 comment on 10/19/2014, 7:17pm...
Hello Janice Gordon I am glad to know that you are researching. However, the scriptures are true. 1 John 5 7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost and these three are one . Notice the very last part of this scripture it states that all three are one being. There are no three separate beings in which to worship. All three are one. In Colossians 2 9 For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily . It does not say that Jesus Christ is a being in the Godhead. This is stating that within Jesus Christ being is the fullness of the Godhead bodily.
Janice gordon's Acts Chapter 2 comment about verse 41 on 10/19/2014, 12:32pm...
This is a good answer but , still not very clear if that is what is meant.. Still investigating. Thank You janice
Evangelist Chatauna Robinson's Acts Chapter 2 comment on 10/14/2014, 7:34pm...
In the end there is no three beings in which you need to call on for help. All you have to call on is his name Jesus Christ because he is God manifested in the flesh. The Holy Ghost was sent back in his name. Therefore, the name of the Holy Ghost is Jesus Christ.
Evangelist Chatauna Robinson's Acts Chapter 2 comment on 10/14/2014, 7:31pm...
Hello Miguel Let me understand when you are talking about trinity are you talking about three separate beings or do you believe that Jesus Christ was God manifested in the flesh? Because at the end of the scripture you quoted it states that all three are one. The same author that wrote Jesus Christ is God manifested in the flesh in John Chapter 1 is the same author who wrote these three books, 1 John, 2 John, and 3 John.
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