Acts 2:14-29, 33-38
Psalm 16 quoted.
It was a miracle when one considers that Peter was a common, blue-collar worker, fisherman, not of high education.
Peter declaring that David (a man after God’s own heart) was still in the grave (not in heaven, not with God)
They were speaking in tongues (other languages)
Quotes Psalm 110
When the people heard these things and their eyes were opened, they asked what to do.
Answer: Repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins (the only one who beat death)
Often we fail to exercise the power of the Holy Spirit. We need to express the values and standards that we know from studying God’s Word, praying and fasting etc… to enhance our lives with God. You have to take time to feed the Holy Spirit and cultivating the strength of the Spirit in you.
We are saved by grace, not by works, but God expects change in our lives through the effect of the Holy Spirit to rearrange our paradigm, no longer ruled by selfish lust and lasciviousness.
John 14:1-31 (whole chapter)
Good works: we need to take time to learn what that means in biblical terms
Jesus explains that the Holy Spirit was an empowerment to give an advantage in your walk with God, if only you believe.
We must learn to exercise our will in our lives less and less, and exercise God’s will more and more.
God gives His Holy Spirit to those who obey Him:
21He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”
John 16:7-8, 12-31
Revisiting the Holy Spirit to come.
You can expect not to be liked as time goes on as you abide by the standards of God’s Word because you will be considered a narrow-minded, bigot by society.
We must allow Christ to express Himself through us.
verse 20 eludes to His crucifixion
Jesus knew that they were skeptical, they wanted to believe, but did not yet.
31Jesus answered them, “Do you now believe? 32Indeed the hour is coming, yes, has now come, that you will be scattered, each to his own, and will leave Me alone. And yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me. 33These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
Don’t try to do it alone; repent, be baptized, have hands laid on you and receive the Holy Spirit.