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Acts Chapter TWO…

David Lemmons

J.D.  Bales labeled this chapter, “The Hub of the Bible.” It is indeed a very important chapter of the Bible.  The event recorded here by Luke is the beginning of the kingdom/church.  Jesus had promised some that stood before Him that they would see this day come before they tasted death (Mk 9:1).  Before Acts 2 the kingdom is spoken of as being in the future (Dan 2:44; Mt 16:16-18); after this chapter, the kingdom is spoken of as a present reality (Col 1:13; Rev 1:9).  In Acts 1:8 Jesus told the apostles that the POWER would come after the Holy Spirit came upon them.  The first four verses of this chapter tell of the Holy Spirit baptism of the apostles.  The day was the first Pentecost following the death, burial, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ.  This baptism in the Spirit was accompanied with visible and audible manifestations which drew together a crowd of the Jews from many different countries (they were in Jerusalem for Pentecost).  The crowd was amazed and wondered what it all meant.  Some explained the phenomena they were witnessing as some men that were full of new wine (v.  13).  Peter stood up with the eleven and began to give the true explanation for what was happening.  It was the fulfillment of Joel’s prophecy (Joel 2:28-32).  In verses 22 and 23, Peter charges these Jews with crucifying Jesus.  In verses 24-36 he shows how the events of the cross relate to Jesus’ reign on David’s throne.  The people are cut to the heart and ask: “What shall we do?” Peter answers.  More information is given about the beginning of the church in verses 39-47.

Links…

  1. To a PDF file containing a 4-Page Handout suitable for use in an Adult Bible Class, go H-E-R-E.
  2. To a PDF file containing 33 links online to files relating to some aspect of Acts 2, go H-E-R-E.
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