The crowd has gathered at the sound of the Spirit coming upon the disciples, only to hear them speaking in the various languages of the audience. Some accuse them of being drunk. “But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them: ‘Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words. For these people are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day”(Acts 2:14-15). Peter and the eleven address the crowd directly and first defend themselves, insisting that the display is not a result of alcohol.
Instead, something much more significant is happening. “But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel: ‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams’”(Acts 2:16-17). God has promised to pour out his Spirit and that is the reason for the sound and the speaking in foreign languages. The outpouring is also not restricted to just one prophet, but is for all kinds of people. But most important is what Joel says it signals: “And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved”(Acts 2:21). Salvation is now available. The “name of the Lord” is now specifically applied to Jesus. It’s only 9 AM and already one of the most significant prophesies in the Bible has been fulfilled. Now it is time for them to hear how to call on the name of the Lord.
Calling on the name of the Lord is more than saying the word “Lord.” It means to ask for him to save us. It also implies that we may have to do something to have his salvation. This is the reason the crowd will soon ask “what shall we do?”(Acts 2:37). The coming of the Spirit means that Jesus is willing to save everyone who will ask for his help and obey him.
------------- One Thing to Think About: Am I ever tempted to take credit for my salvation? Do I ever feel that it is dependent on me?
One Thing to Pray For: Gratitude to God for the salvation he offers in Jesus
This message was sent to: from
Fairview Park church of Christ, 11820 Fairview Road, Little Rock, AR 72212
If you no longer wish to receive this newsletter click to unsubscribe. Modify your Subscription