While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. — Acts 10:44
A few days ago, we came across the story in Acts 2 where the holy spirit came upon the disciples when they were praying together. Today’s verse is also about the coming of the Holy spirit, and let’s have a look at the significance of it.
I believe the moment you finished today’s verse, your head is filled with the following three questions: What words was Peter speaking? Who were the people that heard the message? What was the message? Having these questions in mind, please watch the video below to find out what has happened.
Cool, have you got all the answers? These words are:
Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right … All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.” (Act 10:34)
Who were the people that heard the message?
Peter was in a place near Joppa, so the people he was preaching to is non-Jewish people who are called Gentiles (e.g. You and me are Gentiles).
What is the message?
The message is the good news concerning Jesus who is the Lord of all.
So how can we see the significance of today’s verse by answering these three questions? I will say that it was the moment when the salvation started to come to all the nations of this planet. Before that, the Lord is the God of Israel. Only the Israelites had the knowledge about the true God, and only they could have a relationship with the Lord. Even Jesus didn’t went out of the region of Israel and preach the word of God.
But at that moment, the time has come. God chose the people of Israel to bring salvation to the whole world. God revealed himself first to the Jews, and to the Gentiles. He poured out his spirit first to the Jew, then to the Gentiles. He shows no favouritism regarding different nations because we are all his Children. The Holy Spirit came upon every one who heard the message. God is not just the God of Israel, he is always the God of all nations.
God is love.
God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of the fact. — Acts 2:32
Today, I have come across a very humous video that interprets the book of acts in 3 minutes. So, I thought why not share this here since we are on the book of Acts? Behold, here is the video:
So THAT was a brief description about the book of Acts. Let’s have a closer look at what has happened in today’s verse.
In Acts 2, The Holy Spirit comes upon the 120 disciples in Jerusalem when the day of pentecost comes. Simon Peter, who denied Jesus three times before his death, is now totally transformed. He boldly gives his first sermon to a huge crowd regarding the fire that has just fallen. He tells them that all this is to fulfil what the prophet Joel prophesied about God pouring out his Spirit on all flesh. Then, he was equally brave to preach about Jesus, who died on the Cross for our sins and rose from the dead by God. Peter tells the crowd that Jesus is risen and alive, he and others are all witnesses to that truth.
Peter’s courage wins the crowd over, and the truth can not be denied because many are the witnesses. Therefore, about three thousand people were saved that day.
“God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah …”
“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. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
The message is for you. God loves you!
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. — Act 1:8
It has been so windy these few days in newcastle that I almost could not cycle anywhere. The wind is so powerful, it feels like it could blow me and my bike away when I was out yesterday. Today’s verse is about the holy spirit, and surprisingly, these two things actually have connection according to John 3:8
“The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” — John 3:8
Who or what is the Holy Spirit?
Jesus has spoken about the Holy Spirit as an advocate / counselor / helper in John 14:16-17:
“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.“
Though I have experienced the power of the holy spirit in my daily life, I still can not explain the answer clearly. Therefore, I’ve found a video that helps to explain this better, it also tells you the fruits of the spirit.
“The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.” (John 14:26)
“When He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.” (John 16:13)
In today’s verse, Jesus forewarns his disciples that they are going to receive an overwhelming experience of the Father’s love and power in their lives. This experience will empower them to be brave witnesses and totally transform their lives. This has taken place later on in Acts chapter 2.
And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. — Joel 2:28
Joel’s name means “YAHWEH IS GOD”, he is the second of the twelve minor prophets and the author of the Book of Joel. However, very little is known about who he was or when he prophesied.
Today’s verse – Joel 2:28 is perhaps the most famous of his prophecies. Just as Isaiah, Ezekiel and some other prophets in the old testament, Joel prophesies a day when God will pour out his spirit. His prophecies here forms part of a promise that God, the father will bless his people with his visible, glorious presence and never again allow them to be put to shame.
Hundreds of years later, this prophecy was fulfilled in Jerusalem when the Holy Spirit falls upon the 120 disciples of Jesus on the Day of Pentecost. (Acts 2:1-21)
1And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. 5And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven … (Act 2:1-5)
Then the long drought of the Holy spirit, lasting 400 years, will come to an end with a deluge of the Father’s love from heaven.