6. The people were “cut to the heart” because—
Acts 2:36 Peter proved to the crowd how Jesus’ life, crucifixion, and resurrection fulfilled prophecies recorded in scripture. Many of the people saw the crucifixion, so that was undeniable.
The outpouring of the Spirit along with the fulfillment of other prophetic signs clearly confirmed that Jesus, whom they crucified, was both Lord and the Messiah.
Romans 3:22-23 The whole world is guilty before God. So everyone, not just Israel, needs the forgiveness provided by Jesus’ sacrifice. Everyone needs the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit for comfort, instruction, counsel, discernment, understanding, and other gifts.
Promise: In Acts 2:39, Peter made it clear that this outpouring of the Holy spirit was not just a miracle unique to them at that time. It is for all believers everywhere and for the generations to come.
7. When the people asked Peter “What should we do?” he replied,
- Repent of your sins.
- Be baptized.
- Receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
The people who accepted his message were baptized.
3000 souls were added to the kingdom of God that day. (It’s estimated about 100,000 to 120,000 people were in Jerusalem for the festivals.)
In contrast, on the day Moses came down from the mountain bringing the law, 3000 died. Exodus 32:28
I’m not sure I understand the question about today’s responses.
But then, even when I think I understand the question, sometimes I’m wrong.
Many Jews still deny Jesus fulfilled Messianic prophecies. They aren’t encouraged to read Isaiah 53 and the other prophetic books, from what I’ve heard. The most devout read primarily the books of Moses.
Concerning the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, many believe that salvation and the gift of the Holy Spirit merged into one experience. In other words, the gift of the Holy Spirit occurs at salvation.
I believe at salvation, the Spirit accomplishes the work of spiritual new birth, cleanses from all sin, and imparts Jesus’ righteousness.
As soon as they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then when Paul laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in other tongues and prophesied.
And Acts 8:14-17 —
When the apostles in Jerusalem received the report that Samaria had accepted God’s Message, they sent Peter and John down to pray for them to receive the Holy Spirit. Up to this point they had only been baptized in the name of the Master Jesus; the Holy Spirit hadn’t yet fallen on them. Then the apostles laid their hands on them and they did receive the Holy Spirit.
Many are also taught that speaking in other tongues and prophesying ended with that generation. I grew up hearing that. Until I was about sixteen. Then I had another dramatic experience that resembled the book of Acts. I searched the scriptures afterward for understanding.
My answers—not THE answers—to study questions for BSF Revelation Lesson
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