Don’t Miss the Main Event!

Posted: May 20, 2018 in Acts, Uncategorized

Acts 2:14-24, “Don’t Miss the Main Event!” 

Sports fans love the feeling of being there: a packed arena, the lights flashing, the smoke machine pouring out, and over the speakers comes “Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the main event! Let’s get ready to rumblllleeee!” Beforehand, there may have been games and music and t-shirts and food, but none of that is why anyone bought a ticket. They were there for the game / the main event, and it isn’t something that they were about to miss!

Most churches don’t have the false hype that comes with professional sports (and shouldn’t!), but there is something that the two have in common: a main event. For them, the main event is the game; for us, the main event is the gospel. Just like a sports fan doesn’t want to focus on the pre-game show and miss the main event, neither should we focus on the extra stuff and miss the gospel.

What does any of that have to do with Peter’s sermon at Pentecost? Peter’s sermon didn’t come out of nowhere. There was much that led up to that moment, much of which took place that morning.

For review, after Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, He spent forty days providing many convincing proofs of His real, physical life. He spent time with the disciples teaching them, and left them with a final command prior to His ascension into heaven: they were to return to Jerusalem and wait for God the Holy Spirit who would come upon them, empowering them to be witnesses of Jesus to all the world.

The disciples obeyed, returning to Jerusalem, continually seeking the Lord in unified prayer. The eleven remaining apostles had their numbers restored to twelve with the addition of Matthias, and they continued to wait. Ten days was all it took. In conjunction with the Jewish festival remembering God’s gift of the Law (Torah), God gave a new gift to His people: Himself, via the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Audible and visible signs of God’s glory rested on the Christians as they were empowered in a new way. The Spirit filled them to the point of overflow, and the disciples began to speak in languages they had never known.

This was the sign used by God to grab the attention of the many diverse Jews who had come to Jerusalem from all over the Roman empire in order to celebrate Pentecost. They heard the Christians praising God in their own native dialects – something which ought to have been impossible for them to do. Unsure what to make of it, some openly asked what was happening, while others scoffed – mocking the Christians as if they were drunk.

Of course, they were not. An explanation was on the way, and Peter was just the man to give it. Simply the fact that Peter was the one to provide the first open-air preaching of the Church Age is itself amazing, and a demonstration of what the power of God the Holy Spirit does to a person. Fifty-three days earlier, Peter had crumbled under the questioning of a servant girl and others, afraid to be associated with Jesus. Between Jesus’ resurrection from the dead and the empowerment of God the Holy Spirit, Peter was now radically different! He could stand in front of representative Israel on the streets of Jerusalem and openly proclaim Christ. Amazing!

Time forbids a recounting of all of Peter’s message, but he does two things in the first half of it: (1) he explains the sign, and (2) he proclaims Jesus. The sign is what got people’s attention, so the sign needed to be addressed. But the sign wasn’t the main event; Jesus was. Peter knew he had the perfect opportunity to preach Jesus, and that’s what he did.

People still get this mixed up today. The topic of tongues and other supernatural signs & gifts of the Spirit, can be incredibly divisive among Christians, but it doesn’t need to be. When all the attention is put on the signs, then it’s put on the wrong place. That’s the pre-game; not the main event. Don’t miss the main event…the main event is Jesus!

Acts 2:14–24

  • Explaining the sign (14-21)

14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words. 15 For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day.

  1. Try to imagine the turbulence of the scene. From later in the text (2:41), we learn that literally thousands of Jews were on hand. Presumably the house in which the disciples met was close to the temple grounds (perhaps even next to one of the entrances), and the commotion from the house of Christians gathered a lot of attention. When the Holy Spirit came upon them, there was the sound of a violent wind on the inside, and then all of a sudden there was this eruption of languages. If all 120 Christians in Jerusalem were gathered together, and if all were praising God at the same time, that would have made quite a bit of noise & attracted a huge crowd. The Jews were gazing up at them – some perplexed, some scoffing – and that’s when Peter raises his voice above the rest. Someone had to provide an explanation, and it might as well be the one to whom Jesus pointed to as the little “rock,” saying that Jesus Himself would build His church upon the great foundation stone of the gospel (Mt 16:18). This isn’t Peter putting himself above the apostles; he’s simply speaking for the apostles. Notice that he was “standing up with the eleven.” They were unified in heart and mind. Peter simply gave them his voice as a representative of them all.
  2. As he spoke (Luke recording him using the polite language of the day, asking for the attention of the crowd), the very first thing he did was answer the scoffing. First things first: the charge of drunkenness needed to be addressed. Why would anyone pay attention to the translated praise of the Christians, if they were all drunk off their gourds? The answer? They weren’t. It was only 9:00am, “the third hour of the day.” Although the time of day doesn’t stop some from drinking, culturally speaking, it wasn’t done. No one drank that early in the morning (apart from outright alcoholics), and there simply wasn’t time to get that sloshed.
  3. So if they weren’t drunk, what was it? That’s what Peter explains from the Scriptures…

16 But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: 17 ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams.

  1. Quotes Joel 2:28-32 (mostly from LXX, with minor variations). Contextually, there is an emphasis throughout Joel on the Day of the Lord. The prophet had written to his nation after a devastating locust swarm, using it as a picture of the devastation that would come in the future during the Day of the Lord. Because Joel is undated, scholars widely differ over when the book was written, perhaps being either during the years of the divided kingdom, or even after the Babylonian exile. Either way, there were dark days ahead for the Jews, and the elders of Israel needed to examine their own hearts in preparation for seeing their God. — That said, even though Joel preached God’s wrath, he also proclaimed God’s mercy. God desired His people to repent & turn back to Him. Joel 2:12–13, “(12) “Now, therefore,” says the LORD, “Turn to Me with all your heart, With fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.” (13) So rend your heart, and not your garments; Return to the LORD your God, For He is gracious and merciful, Slow to anger, and of great kindness; And He relents from doing harm.” If God’s people (the nation of Israel) would simply turn around, forsaking their evil ways in sincere humility, they would know the compassion of their God.
    1. The principle is no different today! How does someone escape the certain judgment of God? Humility, repentance, and simple faith in Jesus!
  2. How does that all apply to Peter’s preaching to Jerusalem on Pentecost? Easy: the verses Peter quotes don’t come out of a vacuum. God had promised to restore to Israel “the years that the swarming locust has eaten,” (Joel 2:25) – God promised to be gracious to His people. Though the dark days of the Great Tribulation were certain to come, God lovingly promised to receive all who turned to Him in true faith. It is in light of God’s goodness that God promised His Spirit. When the people turned to Him as their Lord & God, they would experience His presence among them as He empowered them with the Holy Spirit. The bottom line for Peter? This day was prophesied! The Scriptures foretold a day in which God the Holy Spirit would come upon all His people, and the Spirit-baptized Christians were proof that God’s promise was true.
  3. How could they know? All they needed to do was listen. The various tongues/dialects spoken by the Christians as they praised God was proof of Joel’s prophecy coming true. The ancient prophet had written that the outpouring of the Spirit would be accompanied by supernatural signs, experienced by the people: prophecy, visions, and dreams. Keep in mind that Joel wasn’t writing a comprehensive list of all the gifts of the Spirit (Paul provides two other lists in Romans 12 & 1 Corinthians 12); Joel simply gives a sampling of what would take place. The overall idea is that of a total blessing upon God’s people. Be it men or women, young or old, no one who truly turned to the Lord in repentant faith would be excluded from the blessing of the Holy Spirit. He would be poured “on all” The idea continues in the next verse…

18 And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; And they shall prophesy.

  1. Not only would God the Holy Spirit be given irrespective of gender and age, but also of social status. Even male and female slaves (Hebrew could even imply concubines) would receive the baptism. God’s gift of His Spirit was promised to come to all, without limit. Culturally speaking, this was something never before experienced by the Hebrews. In the past, the Holy Spirit would come upon prophets for a time & He would come upon kings for a time. He was never seen coming upon all for a time. In fact, at one point when Joshua thought that too many elders among Israel were prophesying, he thought that Moses ought to rebuke them. In response, Moses said, “Oh, that all the LORD’s people were prophets and that the LORD would put His Spirit upon them!” (Num 11:29) What Moses desired – what Joel foretold – Peter proclaimed fulfilled on the day of Pentecost.
    1. God’s gift of the Holy Spirit is given to all believers…no one is left out! We do not always walk in the fullness and power of the Spirit (sadly but easily demonstrated any time we engage in sin), but as born-again believers we all have full access to God the Holy Spirit, and we are always indwelt by the Holy Spirit, forever sealed by Him as belonging to Jesus. Despite the claims of well-meaning teachers who sometimes claim that certain believers don’t have the Holy Spirit, that simply isn’t true. A person cannot be a believer in Jesus unless he/she has been given the Holy Spirit. Christianity is not a caste/class system in which certain “lucky” believers have the Spirit while others do not. God promised His Spirit to all, and He gives His Spirit to all.
    2. Again, don’t confuse that with the idea that we never need to ask to be filled with the Spirit. We do, just as the original disciples were repeatedly filled with the Spirit. The empowerment of the Spirit is different than His presence, but just as freely available to all who believe in Jesus.
  2. As for Peter, he repeats the act of prophecy as a sign of the Holy Spirit, but what he says at this point is not in the Hebrew text nor the LXX. This was something he was personally led by the Spirit to preach to the Jews in Jerusalem that day as a confirmation of how this Scripture was fulfilled. From our perspective, we need to be careful reading too much into this, as if Peter was saying that spoken tongues were spoken prophecy. The New Testament is clear in other places that prophecy is a different gift than that of tongues – Paul goes into great detail of writing how prophecy is a better spiritual gift than that of tongues (1 Cor 14), showing that they are separate and distinct gifts. But that’s not Peter’s point. Peter is giving Biblical justification of a verbal gift/sign. Tongues are unknown in the Old Testament, and what the Jews of Jerusalem heard was very different. But they were familiar with prophecy, and that was one of the many supernatural signs that Joel said would come with the gift of the Spirit. Thus the tongues heard by the crowd could be thought of as the fulfillment of Joel.
  3. That said, the emphasis of the original Hebrew text is not the prophecy or other signs; it is the outpouring of the Spirit of God. That is the promise that opens and closes the two original verses. Through Joel, God said, “I will pour out My Spirit,” doubly promising His Spirit to His people. It would not be the spiritual gifts that was most amazing to the Jews; it was the gift of God the Spirit Himself.
    1. This is where too many Christians get it wrong today. Instead of seeking God & His glory, they’re seeking signs and wonders. They want the side-effects rather than the true Gift. If we want to be used by God, then we ought to seek God first, foremost, and always. Whatever He desires to do past that point is up to Him, but if our priorities are in line, then it won’t really matter to us if He gives visible recognizable gifts or not. As long as God is glorified & Jesus is exalted, everything else pales in comparison!
  4. For all that did come true out of these signs, Joel prophesied other things that did not happen on Pentecost, and haven’t happened yet…

19 I will show wonders in heaven above And signs in the earth beneath: Blood and fire and vapor of smoke. 20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, And the moon into blood, Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the LORD.

  1. Signs would be seen, not only among the people (prophecy, visions, dreams, etc.) but also among creation. There would be signs on the earth and signs above the earth. Interpretations of what these signs actually are varies wildly depending on the bias of the theologian who’s asked. Some believe it’s all spiritual & symbolic, completely dismissing the text. Some believe that it was fulfilled on the days of Jesus’ crucifixion all the way through to Pentecost, as there was unnatural darkness at the cross & tongues like fire on the disciples. Even so, it seems to be a large stretch, and doesn’t address all aspects mentioned by Joel. It’s far better to simply take the prophecy for what it is: actual events that will be unmistakable when they are fulfilled. In fact, the book of Revelation show these exact things taking place during the Great Tribulation. Among other signs fulfilled, John writes: Revelation 6:12–13, “(12) I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood. (13) And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind.” It is at this moment that the men and women of the earth try to hide themselves in caves, fully realizing that the great day of the wrath of the Lamb of God has come (Rev 6:16-17). What John wrote in Revelation, Joel wrote in his prophecy as well.
  2. Question: What does it mean that there were signs yet unfulfilled, even while Peter said that this section of Scripture was fulfilled? Was Peter wrong? Not at all. Part of the Scripture was indeed fulfilled – the part that applied to that day. But Peter also quotes a part to be fulfilled in the future. This is something quite common in the prophetic writings, sometimes described as the “mountain peaks of prophecy.” … Two Scriptures might be included back-to-back in the text, but their fulfillments are separated by centuries. Such is the case here. The outpouring of the Spirit was fulfilled; the signs & wonders in heavens were not.
  3. But that doesn’t mean that the signs in the heaven were irrelevant. All of the signs prophesied by Joel had a purpose: to prepare people to see God for judgment. When did he say that these things would take place? “Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the LORD.” It’s as if Joel (and Peter) was saying: “Get ready! If you’ve seen this much, understand what’s still on the way!” The tongues heard by the people wasn’t just simply a curiosity to be observed, or a nice thing to think about later; it was meant to grab their attention right then & there, because judgment was at hand! If they recognized the Lord’s word being fulfilled, then that meant they had better do something to respond to it, and soon!
  4. And they could! That was the good news…

21 And it shall come to pass That whoever calls on the name of the LORD Shall be saved.’

  1. For as much as Joel proclaimed the Day of the Lord as a day of judgment, he didn’t leave the people without hope. They could still turn in repentance toward God – they could be the ones who received the outpouring of God’s Spirit – they could be those who experienced His gracious salvation. There was still time to turn to their God in humility and faith. All they needed to do was call upon His name.
  2. This is where Peter was leading all along. This was their invitation to be saved! The people of Jerusalem were to recognize the signs currently around them on Pentecost – they could see these things taking place with their own eyes, and hear the proof of it by their own ears. As they did, it was a wake-up call: the Day of the Lord was at hand! But it wasn’t too late. They heard the tongues, but they didn’t yet see the signs of blood, fire, and smoke. They had evidence of the outpouring of the Spirit, but they didn’t have the sun turning to darkness or the moon turning to blood. There was still time! They could be saved, but they needed to be saved now. They needed to call upon the name of the Lord.
  3. How could they do that? That’s the perfect bridge to talking about Jesus…
  • Preaching Jesus (22-24)

22 “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know—

  1. If the people of Israel could recognize the sign among the Christians in front of them, then surely they could recognize the greater signs done by Jesus. They had seen Jesus – they knew Jesus. The majority of Jesus’ three years’ of ministry may have been done in Galilee, but He spent quite a bit of time in Jerusalem (as shown in the gospel of John). He had gone throughout Judea, and even sent His disciples on two short-term mission trips all over the country. The Jewish people knew They were well-acquainted with Him. Jews travelled long distances to see and to hear Him, and thousands even attempted at one point to force Him to be their king (Jn 6:15). For Peter to speak openly about Jesus was not for Peter to introduce Him to a Jerusalem crowd who never heard about Him. No one among the Jews was ignorant of Jesus.
  2. Especially in Jerusalem! Remember the timeframe: Pentecost was exactly 50 days after Passover. Less than two months had passed since Jesus’ cross and resurrection. Although Jerusalem was filled with travelling pilgrims (for the two feasts), many were repeat travelers, and many others were residents of the city. They had been there – they had witnessed the confrontations between Jesus and the rulers of Jerusalem. They knew about Lazarus from nearby Bethany, and the blind men from nearby Jericho. Of course, this doesn’t even get into Jesus’ broader reputation of miracles. He had raised the dead, healed the lame, cleansed the lepers, cast out demons, and created bread and fish from nothing. They knew Him – they saw the signs – they were well aware of God’s testimony concerning Jesus. There had been abundant clear-cut evidence all along that Jesus had been chosen and anointed by God as His prophet (and more, as Peter will later point out)…the people of Israel had seen it all.
  3. They also knew what they did in response to all of it: they killed Him…

23 Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death;

  1. Two aspects to Jesus’ death. First, it was God’s will. Jesus died, yes, but everything about Jesus’ death was due to “the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God.” Everything ranging from Jesus’ betrayal by a friend, to the act of crucifixion, to the soldiers gambling for His clothes, to His burial in a rich man’s tomb, and much more – all of it was prophesied in the Scriptures. The tiniest details of Jesus’ suffering and death was foretold by God in the Bible. God knew what would happen to His Son, and it was God’s “determined purpose” that it would happen. It was God’s will. Isaiah 53:10, “(10) Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, And the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand.” It was not chance circumstances that sent Jesus to the cross – it was not mob chaos; it was the predetermined sovereign will of God, planned from before the foundations of the world.
  2. Second, it was man’s fault. Both Jew and Gentile were responsible for the death of Jesus. They had seen His work and testimony concerning Him, rejected it, and killed Him in one of more horrendous ways imaginable. Scholars differ about Peter’s reference to “lawless hands,” whether he pointed to Jew or Gentile – in the end, it was both. Peter was talking to Jews that day (being that it was a Jewish feast in the Jewish capitol), but there were doubtless Romans who were present, just as there were every single day during the many years of Roman occupation. In any case, both were responsible. The Jews may not have raised the hammer & pounded the spikes through Jesus’ wrists and feet, but they were the ones who handed Jesus over to the Romans for it to be done. It was an official execution, done at the behest of the highest authorities of both Jerusalem Jews and Romans, but there was nothing legal about it. As Peter pointed out, the act was done “by lawless hands,” as they cruelly fastened Jesus to the cross and killed Him.
  3. Question: If it was God’s will, how could it be man’s fault? If God planned the many aspects of Jesus death (not only foreseeing it in the future, but specifically planning the details and predetermining that it would happen at all), how can the Jews and Gentiles be held responsible for acting it out with their “lawless hands”? Answer: free will. God’s sovereign plan does not exempt us from our own freely chosen decisions. We are not puppets held on a cosmic string, having no choice of our own. When we sin, it is because we have chosen to do so. Does God know what that sin is? Has God planned for that sin in His overall plan for the world? In some shape & fashion, yes, as seen here with His plan for Jesus. Is God responsible for our sin? Absolutely not. When trying to wrap our limited minds around God’s eternal plans, we are bound to come up with some tough questions from time-to-time, but there is one thing that is certain: God never forces anyone to sin. We gladly choose it on our own. God ordains that our sin come about through our “voluntary choices,” (Grudem) – IOW, God is so sovereign, that He even plans for our free-will.
    1. This tells us that we can’t blame God for our mistakes. We cannot blame Him for our sin. What we’ve done, we’ve done – it’s our fault. Acknowledging and confessing that fact is one of the first steps we take towards seeking God’s forgiveness.
  4. As for Peter, his point was that Jew and Gentile ignored the testimony God gave concerning Jesus – Jew and Gentile were responsible for the death of Jesus. But Jesus’ death was not the end…

24 whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it.

  1. There was a death, but there was also a resurrection! God raised up Jesus, and Peter (and all of the disciples) were witnesses of this fact. Jesus was truly put to death, being buried in a tomb – but He didn’t stay there. The people of Jerusalem had witnessed Jesus hanging from His cross, and they knew the Romans had certified Him as dead when the centurion thrust a spear into Jesus’ side. They were also aware that His body had been taken & buried, and it was likely a scandal that someone among the Sanhedrin council had actually donated his own tomb for Jesus’ burial. But the people of Jerusalem knew something else: they knew that Jesus did not stay in that tomb. Less than two months ago, Jesus had risen from the dead, and reports and rumors had been flying around town ever since. (This later becomes a critical factor in Peter’s sermon.)
  2. What took place at the resurrection? Peter describes it as a kind of birth. The word Luke quotes Peter using for “pains,” refers to birth-pains/labor-pains. It was as if Jesus’ grave was a womb, and the three days of death was the time of labor. As of Sunday morning, Jesus received a new birth into new life. How so? It was impossible for Him to be held any longer! The Lord Jesus cannot be restrained by death – death has dominion over the wicked, being the penalty for sin, and Jesus is not wicked! Jesus is the innocent, righteous Son of God, and death has neither claim to Him nor power over Him. Jesus willingly entered death, and He willfully exited it! As the old hymn states: “Death cannot keep its prey, Jesus my Savior; he tore the bars away, Jesus my Lord! Up from the grave he arose; with a mighty triumph o’er his foes; he arose a victor from the dark domain, and he lives forever, with his saints to reign. He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!” (Robert Lowry)
  3. How is all of this possible? Because Jesus is God Himself. Death has no power over Jesus because Jesus is the Author of life. How can death hold back He who speaks life into existence? It ought to be no wonder that Jesus arose, because Jesus is God. Thus, Jesus’ resurrection is undeniable proof of Jesus’ deity, and Jesus’ deity is proof that He is the Messiah (something which Peter will go on to preach).
    1. If death has no power over Jesus, what does this mean for those who have faith in Jesus? Death has no power over us, either. Apart from the rapture, all Christians will die. We will experience the same physical death as every other human that has ever lived on this planet. But Christians have an assurance given to no other: death will not be our end. We too, will rise to new physical life, which is one reason we can look to eternity with such great hope! 1 Corinthians 15:55–57, “(55) “O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?” (56) The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. (57) But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
    2. Is this your hope? Can you look death in the eye, knowing that you will see victory over it through Jesus? Do you have the complete 100% assurance that death has no more sting for you? You can!
  4. Notice the work of God the Father in all of this: God attested to Jesus – God planned for Jesus’ suffering and death – God raised Jesus from the dead. It was God’s work for God’s Son, in order to provide for God’s people…to God alone be the glory!

Conclusion:

We’ve got to end there, but Peter was just getting started. The Jews in the streets of Jerusalem were attracted by the spoken tongues, but the tongues weren’t the main thing; Jesus was. The supernatural spiritual gifts needed to be explained – and they were, being the evidence of the prophesied outpouring of God the Holy Spirit among His people in the last days – but the gifts of the Spirit weren’t the main event; the gospel was. The gifts simply provided the opportunity for Peter to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ, and that’s what he did.

And it all fits together. Think about it: if the outpouring of the Holy Spirit was evidence of the Jews being in the last days prior to God’s judgment, and if God invited all to humbly call upon His name in repentance and be saved, then how could the Jews call upon His name? It was one thing for them to pray; it was another thing for them to pray rightly. God had shown them how to call upon Him, and through Whom they needed to call. God had made His will plainly obvious among them when He sent them Jesus of Nazareth, whom they killed. That was an act that could not be ignored, and must be answered. Thankfully it could, all because of Jesus’ resurrection.

Put it together: how could the Jews of Jerusalem call upon the name of the Lord to be saved? By calling on the name of Jesus, the One victorious over death. How can anyone call upon the Lord to he saved? By calling on the name of Jesus!

Don’t miss this! This is the main event – this is what was happening on the Day of Pentecost. Pentecost wasn’t about various signs and wonders; it was about the sign of Jesus’ resurrection! Pentecost was simply the day the Christians were fully empowered to go and testify of Him. They weren’t seeking the gifts; they were seeking the Giver, and they were seeking Him for a purpose: in order to give Him glory and to be faithful witnesses of Him.

There are many well-meaning Christians who get this wrong. They seek gift after gift, always looking for new experiences, when the Bible never once tells us to do that. Even when Paul commands the Corinthians to desire the best gifts (1 Cor 12:31, 14:1), it is to be done for the glory of God; not for the sake of the individual. The Holy Spirit doesn’t call attention to Himself; He points to Jesus (Jn 15:26, “He will testify of Me”). His gifts ought to be used in the same way.

Christian: we want to be filled with God the Holy Spirit, and used by the Spirit…but let us want to be used for His purpose, His glory, and His gospel! Let us, like Peter, proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ with power – boldly telling others how Jesus was sent by God as the sacrifice for our sins, and raised from the dead as a testimony of His forgiveness. May we never lose sight of what is most important in our calling: the Lord Jesus Himself!

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