Before reading this, I would encourage you to read through Acts chapter 2 and take some time to answer the following questions.
What do you believe about the Holy Spirit for your personal walk with the Lord?
If you had five minutes to share the Gospel with someone, what would you say?
What are things getting in your way of sharing the Gospel or doing the work of the Holy Spirit in your daily life?
Starting out in Chapter 2 of the book of Acts we see the Apostles waiting together. They had come together for the festival of Pentecost that happens 50 days after Passover, so this is about ten days after Jesus’ ascension. We talked about in the first chapter that the Apostles were waiting in Jerusalem for the promise of the Father. Jesus said before the Crucifixion “when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, He will bear witness about Me (John 15:26 ESV)”. At Pentecost, the Helper came! And He came in a pretty extravagant way. People felt a big wind and saw tongues of fire rest on top of the Apostles and the believers. People spoke in heavenly and earthly languages. There were people that saw this commotion and thought that they were just drunk in the middle of the day. Others didn’t know how these uneducated men were able to speak in their own languages. When the Holy Spirit comes in your life it might be extravagant. There is a big controversy that when you receive the Holy Spirit, you will receive the gift of tongues. I do not believe that the gift of tongues is the sign of salvation that some believe. But I did hear someone recently say that tongues isn’t a sign of salvation but why wouldn’t we want that gift? Why wouldn't we want all gifts? We have the power of the Holy Spirit. Instead of debating on what gifts are for today and which ones are just for the Apostles, we should be walking in the power of the Holy Spirit and praise the Lord for whatever He has poured out on us. I love when people dig in for themselves and see what the Holy Spirit wants to do in their own life.
What do you think that the Holy Spirit wants to do in your life that you might be in the way of?
As this is happening, Peter stands up and takes this incredible opportunity to show that Jesus was their Messiah and that they are now living in the last days as the prophet Joel spoke about. Peter shares a passage that the people would have recognized and said that it is happening now. He says:
“‘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; even on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy. And I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke; the sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent day. And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.’(Acts 2:17-21 ESV)”.
Peter goes on to talk about how Jesus was killed on the cross and rose from the dead. I love this passage because not only does Peter explain that the Holy Spirit has now been poured out and that Jesus was the Messiah, but we are currently in the last days. Peter has the opportunity to share the Gospel and he does. He shows how any minute Jesus could be coming back to fulfill this prophecy. The second that Peter receives the Holy Spirit, we see him sharing the good news of Jesus and leading people to salvation in Jesus. This is the beginning of Peter’s ministry and tells people immediately to “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38 ESV)”. Peter immediately shares the name of Jesus and he becomes empowered with the Holy Spirit! I have said it before, but we have the same power and authority that Peter had because we have the Holy Spirit too! Why don’t we share the Gospel every chance we get? What gets in the way of us sharing the name of Jesus every chance we get? We read at the end of this chapter that because Peter stood up and spoke that day, about three thousand people came to know salvation through Jesus the same day. How many people could we see added to the Kingdom if we jumped out of our comfort zone just a little and shared Jesus with someone in your life?
Write on a piece of paper the name of one person that you can talk to about Jesus this week!
The chapter wraps up with a beautiful verse that says that the believers “devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers (Acts 2:42 ESV)”. These are four things that the early church was devoted to: teaching the Gospel, fellowship with one another, having meals together, and prayer. Those four things kept the early church so strong. They seem relatively simple to do but in our day and age, they can easily get lost in our day to day lives. It was important to the early church to do these things and not just one or two of them a week but daily!
Even in 2021, how can we safely impediment these practices into our lives?