Wednesday 8 June 2022 – Pentecost

Acts 2:36-41 (NIV)

36 “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.” 37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” 38 Peter replied, “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. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.” 40 With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” 41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.

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

2 replies
  1. Richard says:

    Steve – thanks.

    Peter makes a strong statement by saying, “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.” Here Peter is inferring that repentance and baptism are necessary elements of salvation, for the most likely meaning he gives to the Holy Spirit is the work of the Holy Spirit in sealing our salvation, not our empowerment for witness that had just occurred for Peter at Pentecost. The Holy Spirit does many works in our lives, these two, conviction of sin, developing fruit, providing gifting…

    Father may I always be open to the complete work of the Spirit in my life, in all its facets and variations!

  2. Sam S says:

    “Conviction” a very relevant devotion for all Christians in today’s cultural climate (like then, like now) – Thanks Steve

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