June 10, 2023 | Acts 2: Peter’s Truth Bombs to Israel, Part 1

Acts 2: Peter’s Truth Bombs to Israel, Part 1

When the church began, people were skeptical. Some even believed the Christians who had just been filled with the Holy Spirit were drunk. But the apostle Peter set them straight by showing them this coming of the Spirit was prophesied in God’s Word! Today we open a 2-part series on Peter’s sermon in Acts 2, as we take a look at the pivotal moment when Peter taught the Jewish people about the Holy Spirit and the Messiah.

Some of the Jewish people were amazed by what they were witnessing, while others derided the Christians. In reality, this indwelling of the Holy Spirit marked the birth of the church! Peter took this opportunity to share how the prophets had spoken of the future arrival of the Holy Spirit and that Scripture has always pointed to Jesus, the Savior whom both Jews and Gentiles led to the cross. Many Jewish people believed Jesus’ death meant He could not be the Messiah. But Jesus the Messiah’s death was part of God’s redemption plan from the beginning—and Peter used this fact and the context of the Jewish Scripture to reach his listeners with the Good News!



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  1. Wow, this was so good! Thank you. I’m going to download the transcript, so as to have it as a resource in the future. But I do have one question. I believe, like you, that the religious leaders knew who Jesus was; however, that knowledge did not stop them from turning him over to the Romans for death. Their underlying sins were not only persecution and rejection but also envy and hatred and murder. So they sold him. Yet, there is a verse that the apostle Paul penned, that is troubling, at least, to me.

    You wrote, “It says this about him. He says that he, Jesus, is going to be stoned because he practiced sorcery and enticed and led Israel astray. Now, it’s not the most flattering sentence about Jesus, but the idea of practicing sorcery is a negative spin on performing powerful deeds, wonders and miraculous signs as Peter is preaching. They all know who Jesus was, and Peter is making it clear that his death and resurrection were no divine mistake. They were a part of God’s predetermined plan. They were part of God’s foreknowledge.”

    Paul said, “But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.”

    Would you like to shed some light on this irony?

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