ACTS 2:37- 42
37 When the people heard this, it had a deep effect on them. They said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?” 38 Peter replied, “All of you must turn away from your sins and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then your sins will be forgiven. You will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children. It is also for all who are far away. It is for all whom the Lord our God will choose.” 40 Peter said many other things to warn them. He begged them, “Save yourselves from these evil people.” 41 Those who accepted his message were baptized. About 3,000 people joined the believers that day. 42 The believers studied what the apostles taught. They shared their lives together. They ate and prayed together.
When I read this, I am reminded that Peter was a fisherman, an uneducated man as far as we know. In this scene, he is responding to the people who were ridiculing the apostles after they had been empowered by the Holy Spirit, claiming they were drunk on wine. He stood up, raised his voice, and spoke with incredible conviction.
He stated “The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.” He thought he was addressing the Jews primarily (v1), and yet there would have been other races there as well. Interesting that Peter was then instrumental in witnessing to the Gentiles later.
The passage for today describes the result of this unrehearsed speech. . . . the birth of the church.
I am drawn to the words that Peter not only warned, but pleaded with the people to repent. Such inspiring conviction.
Do I share this same conviction? To be honest, I think not.
Lord, help me to have this same conviction, and to continually ask for the empowerment of the Holy Spirit to speak with boldness. Amen
Written by Steve Fell