Acts Chapter 2 Discussion



 
  • Paul on Acts 2:18
    Baptism is a topic that few fully understand. Was baptism meant for the Jews or must all be baptized today to be saved?
  • Following Jesus is the Best__mishael - in Reply on Acts 2:18
    When you are born again ( John 3), Jesus will send the Holy Spirit to live with you and teach you everything you need to know. This is known as receiving the baptism through the Holy Spirit.

    Water baptism is something many people want to do. I did. For me I was leaving my old life in the water and being raised in newness of mind and spirit. In my mind, it was also a statement to the

    devil that I wholly belonged to Jesus, now and forever.

    Be sensitive to how and what the Holy Spirit is saying to you. His is a still small voice that does never frighten you. I hear his voice in my spirit, but near my right ear. He likes praise music, that's all I can say. Jesus is the joy of my life.

    Keep coming back here and we'll pour some love of Jesus all over you. Write me Anytime :)
  • GRACE_ambassador {ChrisE} - in Reply on Acts 2:18
    Precious Paul, great question. Water WAS for the Jews, one of three requirements for the Nation Of ISRAEL to be "inducted" in the 'priesthood' and forgiveness of sins.

    Today, Under GRACE, God Only Has ONE {Spiritual} BAPTISM to place 'members' Into The Body Of CHRIST! Here is my "study":

    Link
  • Dgjot on Acts 2
    17And 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:

    ...and your old men shall dream dreams....

    What exactly does that mean?? Every morning as I am waking up I have the most frightening "dreams". I think it's my own fears playing out but maybe God is trying to warn me about something.

    Try not to laugh when I tell you how my dream went: I dreamt I took my car someplace to have it fixed. Before they would fix it I had to sign an agreement. I didn't read it first, but I signed it and found out afterwards that I had denied Jesus in writing.

    When I was fully awake, I was frightened and panicky.

    The question is, if someone was deceived into signing a paper like this-

    do you think God would forgive them? Or, because of my stupidity at not reading it first, it is lawful/acceptable? Remember when Esau sold his birthright for a bowl of food??



    Many, many times I have trusted a business and signed an agreement without reading through it. Up to now, nothing bad has ever happened from signing one of these agreements unread, but it reminds me of the politicians who want to pass bills unread. (Like Obama Care, where Nancy Pelosi said: "We have to sign the bill before we can find out what's in it.")

    You CANNOT trust anyone anymore.
  • Ronald L Whittemore - in Reply on Acts 2
    Dgjot,

    At Pentecost people were thinking the people that was baptized in the Holy Spirit were drunk, and Peter told them they were not drunk that was fulfillment of what was written by Joel. ( Joel 2:28) Sometimes the words "last days" we think of the end times but the time of the apostles were considered the last days, we see it throughout the New Testament.

    That would be a scary dream to have I have had some scary dreams myself. God does communicate to us through the Holy Spirit in many ways including dreams. In Matthew 24 when Jesus told the disciples about the temple would be destroyed and the disciples asked Him about it the first thing Jesus said was, "take heed that no man deceive you".

    There were some posts right before yours about opinions and teachings that may not be scriptural and if we accept it as truth without prayer and study, we can be led down the wrong road, just like signing an agreement without reading it. Your words appear you will read now, before you sign any more documents. Maybe it is a future document that you may really need to read, who knows.

    Just pray asking God in the name of Jesus that He will give you the reason of your dreams, and if you are His, you can be confident without doubt, 1John.1:1 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

    God bless,

    RLW
  • Dgjot - in Reply on Acts 2
    Thank You, Ronald L Whittemore.

    It's comforting to know that I'm not the only one having scary dreams.

    You said, "Sometimes the words "last days" we think of the end times but the time of the apostles were considered the last days, we see it throughout the New Testament."

    I know that now. We've been in the "last days" since that Pentecost where the Holy Spirit came down to earth.

    All the miracles that Jesus did were a one-time historical event. The miracles were Jesus's credentials that He is the Son Of God. Jesus gave His disciples this same power to do miracles in His name, as proof that Jesus is the Son of God- the awaited Messiah.

    The miracles done on Pentecost (the mighty rushing wind, the "speaking in tongues", the cloves of fire) were also a one time historical event. The Age of Miracles stopped when the last of the original Apostles died. We now have "the comforter" a.k.a. The Holy Spirit.

    Questions:

    1. Does that mean that Satan no longer walks about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour???

    2. If he's still here, do we still have the power to cast out Satan in Jesus's name?

    3. Does that mean that the "Tongues" that some people speak in today are nothing more than Satanic babblings?

    4. Why, with the invention of the written word (the Bible), radio, television and the Internet are we still required to preach the gospel? (Everyone has heard about Jesus at one time or another.) Is their blood still on our hands if we don't tell them??

    I have more questions, but I'm tired right now and can't think straight. :)
  • Ronald L Whittemore - in Reply on Acts 2
    Dgjot,

    We do have the Comforter, the Holy Spirit but miracles still happen today and the gifts of the Spirit are still given. In the world, today deception is so widespread as in ( 2 Peter 2:1-3) it has created such a farce it is hard to see the truth. The truth of these gifts and the sons and daughters who have the gifts are not of this world, money, gratitude, and fame. It is like giving, "let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth".

    May some on this site give you their understanding on this that may answer your question better than me but I will give you mine.

    Satan is still walking this earth and there are demons on this earth. ( 2 Corinthians 11:13-15). I can personally testify they are real and without Jesus, we cannot survive their attack.

    We do not have the power, only with the name of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit through us. We must be solid in our faith and baptized in the Holy Spirit or we will find ourselves as in ( Acts 19:13-16).

    Tongues are languages as we see in ( Acts 2:5-12), the disciples were speaking to them in their language and they could tell them the gospel of Jesus Christ even though they did not speak their language. The gift of tongues is still today, sadly many use it falsely and it is babel used on people's emotions and for self-gain.

    We as disciples of Jesus are to plant the seed of the gospel of Jesus Christ and to water by the example of our walk, and love for Jesus and them and with the word of God. We cannot win souls, we cannot add to the Church, God does the choosing but through the Holy Spirit, He guides our steps to those He may choose.

    Regardless if someone has heard the name of Jesus, the words we have been given through the Holy Spirit may be what they have never heard. ( 1 Corinthians 3:6-8) "For many are called, but few are chosen".

    My understandings, may others have more for you.

    God bless,

    RLW
  • Dgjot - in Reply on Acts 2
    You: "We as disciples of Jesus are to plant the seed of the gospel of Jesus Christ and to water by the example of our walk, and love for Jesus and them and with the word of God. We cannot win souls, we cannot add to the Church, God does the choosing but through the Holy Spirit, He guides our steps to those He may choose."

    I got saved because I was seeking God. I prayed to God and told Him that I wanted to know HIS truth, not some person's. In the same day, the Jehovah's Witnesses showed up at the door. They gave me their Watch Tower magazine. Even as an unsaved person, God guided me. I tossed the Watch Tower mag. in the trash. Later God introduced me to the lady that would lead me to the Lord. She explained what "Jesus Saves" meant. Unfortunately, she was one of those Charismatic Christians and a Jesus freak. I went to the Pentecostal Church for 7 years, learning nothing about Christ Crucified and Risen the whole time I was there. The Pastor rarely cracked open a Bible and they were all more concerned about the chanting ("speaking in tongues" and all at the same time). It was creepy, AND unbiblical.

    I left that church and went to many others, and they were all phony. I finally stopped going to church altogether.

    I've learned more reading the Bible on my own and watching selected video's on You Tube, than all the years of going to those false churches. In a nutshell, if one is sincerely looking for God, God will reveal himself to them. It doesn't do you any good to preach the Gospel to people who aren't interested in hearing it. That's a classic case of seeds being sown on stony ground.

    You:"...and to water by the example of our walk, and love for Jesus and them and with the word of God."

    That doesn't work either. People had seen Peter with Jesus and questioned him about his relationship with Jesus. Peter denied Jesus 3x before Jesus was crucified. By his bad example, how many people turned away from salvation????

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  • SPINNZ on Acts 2:18
    did i misspell disciple?
  • SPINNZ on Acts 2:18
    its cool the way that the fire didnt sing the desiples hair. it had to be a miracle
  • Johnny Williams on Acts 2:18
    It's amazing, the Christian world ignores Acts 2, especially the thirty eighth verse.

    "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." This verse is self explanatory!! Repent, be baptized in Jesus name for the REMISSION OF YOUR SINS and you (everybody) will receive the Holy Ghost.So why does most of the Christian world ignore Acts 2:38? This is the instructions to obtain salvation.The Church began on that day, the day of Pentecost.THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH began on that day in Acts, which is the only church Jesus died and bled for! Most of the Christian world seems to admit repentance is necessary for salvation. But they seem to believe baptism is ONLY symbolic and has no real impact on salvation. Yes baptism is symbolic, just as Jesus is the symbolic sacrificial lamb who was slain on Calvary for our sins!! Paul explains the importance of baptism in Romans chapter 6. Baptism is necessary for salvation.

    Romans 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him (Jesus) by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk--- in newness of life.What is that

    "newness of life"? Its remission of sins! When our sins are remitted, they are gone and forgiven. But their our sins are only remitted if baptism is done in Jesus name after repentance. And Paul explains why baptism is necessary in Romans 6.
  • Juanita Jane Culpepper on Acts 2:18
    Acts 2:13 says the disciples were mocked and suggests that they were drunk on new wine. Is new wine fermented, or is it still just fresh juice from grapes that would be drank in the early part of the day? If not fermented, were the disciples being mocked for their exuberance?
  • NEW WINE and LIVING WATER - in Reply on Acts 2:18
    The New Wine is the Holy Spirit. There is no beverage on this Earth that can compare to what Jesus blesses His Children with.

    Testimony:

    I was at Church on a Tuesday night, in corporate intercessory prayer. There were about 70 people there. The Pastor taught a short sermonette. Then the Holy Spirit must've given him a Word of Knowledge.

    His whole demeanor changed: he said there are those of you that have promised things you cannot deliver, ever. There are those of you hurt by false hopes.

    We're all sitting in our seats in shock. That had to be most everybody there. Pastor said to come to the front to be prayed for.

    We're all looking around at each other to see who's going to get up first. Finally one guy stands up and almost runs to the front. I'm in line about 10 back.

    Pastor was just standing on stage. WELL... the Holy Spirit was standing 10 feet from the stairs.

    People were to go forward, have hands laid on, and go down the back stairs back to their seats. When I was a few feet up on the stage, me and everybody else went down in a heap.

    We were what is called, "SLAIN in the Spirit". I could not stand up. I tried. No one could. Then we began to laugh. We were being healed of false promises. It was like we were all drunk and couldn't stand up.

    I looked over the lights to see there were many people still sitting in the pews who DID NOT go to the front to be healed. I just thought Why would they not run to Jesus for healing, filling up on the Joy of the Holy Spirit? The Living Water.

    When you experience total healing and receive THE JOY (oil) of the Holy Spirit, you get drunk on the New Wine. God knows when we need a Fill Up. It was wonderful.

    There was a guy who went to my church who wrote a song about this. Listen on YouTube and get happy. The Well by Carman. Listen to 'Yahweh' and 'Sunday's on the Way', while you are there. 'I Got The Joy' if you're brave' :D

    He died a few months ago & is with Jesus now.

    M.
  • Mary Poteat on Acts 2
    Where in the KJV Bible does it say that in the end times, it will be like the times of Noah?
  • Lance - in Reply on Acts 2
    Luke 17:26
  • S Spencer - in Reply on Acts 2
    Hi Mary.

    Matthew 24:36-39 (KJV) But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

    But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

    For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,

    And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

    Luke 17:26-27 (KJV) And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.

    They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.

    God bless you,

    I hope that helps.
  • Richard in Christ - in Reply on Acts 2
    Matthew 24:37-39.
  • Adam - in Reply on Acts 2:45
    If you want a small Bible (the book) you can find them at Dollar Tree for $1. It's likely you can find them at 2nd hand stores for less, or free through churches or various charities if the need is genuine.
  • Rod - in Reply on Acts 2:45
    the easiest for me was to download the KJV as an app on my phone, and now I can access it wherever I go.
  • Giving To All Who Ask - in Reply on Acts 2:45
    Of course there is always Amazon or any Walmart. Open the Bible and see what version of Bible it is, before you buy it.

    Goodwill and Salvation Army stores have low cost Bibles. Be patient and the KJV Bible will be on a shelf next time you pass by. Many churches have Pew copies they can give you, if you have no money. Ask God to put one in your hand, and then see how Faithful and True he is.

    This is a call to some of us here, to carry an extra Bible in our car, or backpacks.

    For people in need of a Bible, or a Bible in the language of your country:

    Call. 1-800-700-7000

    I give, so that all those in need can get a Bible, and in their language. May God bless you for the hunger in your heart and soul.

    Mishael
  • Rod - in Reply on Acts 2:45
    yes I agree great idea, a couple years ago as I was reading James chapter two this verse stuck out, and since then I've been handing out a bible with a gift certificate enough for a meal or two, to a local restaurant.

    James 2:16, "And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?"
  • Great News to Publish to Everyone - in Reply on Acts 2:45
    I just checked and anyone with a cell phone or computer can Google free online Bible to read or download, in Over 400 languages. Including Middle East countries.

    We are so blessed that all people's of most every country, can see that Jesus is returning soon.

    Let everyone that has breath, praise the Lord!
  • Sacha - in Reply on Acts 2:45
    Hi mishael ,thats a fab idea ! It had never occured to me to carry a spare Bible in case i meet some one who needs one ,thankyou for that tip ! I shall do it .
  • S Spencer - in Reply on Acts 2:45
    Hi Christine.

    Any book store, certainly a bible book store. or order online.
  • Richard in Christ on Acts 2
    Isaiah 29:13 Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:

    Ezekiel 33:31 And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness.

    Matthew 15:7 Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you

    James 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

    ( 1 John 3:18-19 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

    And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him.
  • Starbux on Acts 2
    Amen! Lord says he is God alone! There is no one with him in the Godhead! He says he knows not any:

    Isaiah

    40: 25

    41: 4

    42: 8

    43: 10, 11,

    44: 6, 8, 24

    45: 5, 6, 14, 18, 21, 22

    46: 5, 9

    48: 12
  • Read the bible - in Reply on Acts 2
    Yes only ONE GOD .

    It's so simple that many can't believe it . They need to make it so complicated, and we know confusion is of the Devil .

    God is light not confusion.

    The purpose of confusion is to distract away from the truth , that will lead you to more truth etc . That's why the spirit of error is on going . One step in the wrong direction and ten yrs later or less you are shipwrecked .
  • Richard in Christ on Acts 2:18
    Jeremiah 4:4 Circumcise yourselves to the LORD, and take away the foreskins of your heart, ye men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem: lest my fury come forth like fire, and burn that none can quench it, because of the evil of your doings.

    Jeremiah 4:13-14 Behold, He shall come up as clouds, and his chariots shall be as a whirlwind: his horses are swifter than eagles. Woe unto us! for we are spoiled.

    O Jerusalem, wash thine heart from wickedness, that thou mayest be saved. How long shall thy vain thoughts lodge within thee?
  • Ready 4Jesus - in Reply on Acts 2:18
    Why you still stuck......REVELATION......where are you going
  • Richard in Christ - in Reply on Acts 2:18
    Revelation 2:11-16 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.

    And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges;

    I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan's seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.

    But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.

    So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.

    Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.

    Revelation 2:18-23 And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass;

    I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first.

    Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.

    And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.

    Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.

    And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.


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