Day 117 - Acts 2

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V. 1-13 The word "Pentecost" means "fiftieth", It was on the fiftieth day after the death of the Lord, that the Holy Spirit came down to earth. Seven weeks (7 Sabbaths Saturdays) plus one day, bringing it to Sunday, the Lord's day. This is Christianity's day-the first day of the week. Christ is the end of the law Gal. 2:16-2116Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. 17But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid. 18For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor. 19For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God. 20I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. 21I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain. (Galatians 2:16‑21). By the coming to earth of the Holy Spirit, (Who is a distinct Person) a very great change takes place. No longer is the Tabernacle or the Temple to be where God dwells. The Holy Spirit lives now in the body of every believer. 1 Cor. 3:1616Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16); 2 Cor. 6:1616And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. (2 Corinthians 6:16). Also 2 Cor. 5:1717Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (2 Corinthians 5:17) everything has changed.
V. 5-13 Many people of different races and languages (tongues) who were at Jerusalem heard the apostles miraculously speak in these foreign languages the "wonderful works of God". The gospel could thus reach out quickly to many languages and nations. The Church of God on earth was formed this day. It is the church's birthday 1 Cor. 12:12-1312For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. 13For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. (1 Corinthians 12:12‑13). All believers in Christ were formed into "one body". God desires we would show that oneness today.
V. 14-40 Peter preaches that Jesus of Nazareth was now both Lord and Christ verse 36. He boldly confronts a great crowd, 3,000 at least (verse 41), and simply spoke the facts; Christ's death and resurrection and ascension to glory, constantly using the Old Testament Scriptures.
V. 41-47 What a change took place in the life of these 3,000 souls. Notice 17 things about these believers. Can you find them all? These are the joys and privileges you may have today.