Acts2: 14-21Written by kathleen on Dec 07, 2014 in - No Comments
The Prophecy of Pentecost
14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words. 15 For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. 9:00 am
There is a remarkable change in Peter. He has courage and boldness as he stands and preaches to the crowd as a representative of the whole group of apostles that is a complete contrast to his denials of Jesus before being filled with the Holy Spirit.
Peter wasn’t teaching as the rabbis in his day usually did. They would gather disciples around them, sit down, and instruct them and any others who might listen. Instead, Peter proclaimed the truth like a herald because he was empowered with the Spirit
Peter takes advantage of the mocking and criticism that the disciples were drunk, saying they’re drunk with a different wine, the new wine of the Holy Spirit, not distilled spirits, but the dynamic Spirit.” “These are not drunk as you suppose,” can have a couple of implications. It can mean, “These men are not drunk, as you’re suggesting.” Or it can mean, “These men are not drunk in the way that you think.
The word drunk =being in a temporary state in which one’s physical and mental faculties are impaired by an excess of alcoholic drink; and is opposite of being filled with the Spirit — when a person is influenced by the Holy Spirit they are of their right mind and in control of their faculties Therefore when drunken behavior and mimicking a drunken physical state are displayed as being “filled with the Holy Spirit” it is a complete deception.
Within this text we shouldn’t think that the Christians were acting as if they were drunk because the idea of “being drunk in the Spirit” has no foundation in Scripture
When people have questions about things they see happening in ministry, in the Spirit, or in worship, like Peter, we should be able to answer, “This is that which is spoken of scripturally.”
It is of ultimate importance that if there be any spiritual manifestation or phenomena taking place that we be able to point to the Scriptures to give to people a Scriptural basis for what is going on.
This is what makes for solid doctrine and good church practice. We must be able to qualify those occurrences or precedents by what we see taught or demonstrated in the Gospels continue in Acts and are taught in the Epistles. If Jesus didn’t do it or teach it we don’t need it!
Anything else throws the door wide open to the
New Age movement and anyone else who claims to have had his or her own special encounter with God
Mormon heart burn or Watchtower revelation; it doesn’t matter! If Jesus didn’t do it or teach it we don’t need it!
Unfortunately, some people set the Word against the Spirit. They almost think it’s more spiritual if there is no Bible study and displays of bizarre behavior as corporate worship. Sadly, this is often due to the weak, improper and unscriptural teaching.
You cannot use experience as a criteria for the truth because people can come along with all kinds of weird and wild experiences. If they say, well, it made me closer to God – It doesn’t matter! Experience cannot be the basis for Scriptural truths or for truth. When you open experience as the criteria, then you have no authority and you have confusion because of how many different experiences that people can have.
If you want to experience God; just hang out with Jesus in His Word; spend time in prayer talking to him and continue in fellowship at church and other believers and as you share your faith the experience you’ve desired will happen.
16 But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: 17′ And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams
We are told in the Bible when the last days will begin in Heb 1:1-3 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; 3 who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
The beginning of the last days began with the first appearance of Jesus and his ministry of salvation.
This quote from Joel is the fulfillment of God’s promise from chapter one, when Jesus said, wait in Jerusalem until you receive the promise of the Father of which I have been speaking to you about.
No doubt the promise was that of Joel, chapter two, because when it happened Peter immediately quoted to them that prophecy and promise.
Jesus had told them about this promise in Joel. Matt 28 So when these people were saying, what does this mean? Peter said this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel.
What happened on the day of Pentecost was the beginning fulfillment of that promise, with the final fulfillment coming in the last days (which Peter had good reason to believe he was in).
This idea of the last days is that they are the times of the Messiah, which include both His first and second coming and His return in glory.
Jesus had already come in humility and they were aware and believed that His return could be any time
Though there were still to be some 2,000 +years until Jesus returns, the fulfillment of this prophesy also creates a unique situation; you see until this point, history had been running towards the point of the ultimate establishment of God’s kingdom on earth
But from this time on, history will run parallel to that point, ready at any time for the complete fulfillment of Christ’s 2nd coming.
It may also be helpful to understand the last days as something like a “season,” or a general period of time, more than a more specific period, such as a week.
It is fair to say in the whole span of God’s plan for human history, we are in the “season” of the last days.
Now this prophecy of Joel being for the last days includes the promise of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit is for this age, the church age.
As we will see in upcoming verses Peter will say in Acts 2:38-39 Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”
Therefore that would indicate that the gifts of the Holy Spirit and the power of Holy Spirit will be demonstrated by the body of Christ and should be operating right on through the tribulation period to the return of Jesus Christ.
So to say that the gifts of the Spirit have ceased, I believe is not correct. I believe that there is a valid work of the Spirit and valid gifts of the Spirit that are operating today and that God desires that they should operate today.
The events of this day called Pentecost, was not the complete fulfillment of Joel 2, but only a sneak preview of things to come.
In many ways, what happened at Pentecost is being experienced to a much greater degree today in countries other than America.
Simply because who needs the gift of healing when we have medicines.
Who needs a word of wisdom or a word of knowledge when we have computers and even I phones?
Many of the blessings that our society enjoys medicinally and technologically has shut us off from what the Lord does elsewhere miraculously; and partially because Professing to be wise they became fools Rom 1:22
Good news!! People are being exposed today to the name of the Lord in more ways than ever before — through billboards, T-shirts, books, bumper stickers, Christian music, radio, and TV.
We may take hope and confidence in the fact that
The Lord is already preparing the hearts of our friends, relatives, and neighbors who, although they are presently closed to the gospel, will open their hearts during the incredible revival that will take place during the Tribulation period.
18 And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; And they shall prophesy.
19 I will show wonders in heaven above And signs in the earth beneath: Blood and fire and vapor of smoke.
20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, And the moon into blood, Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the LORD.
21 And it shall come to pass That whoever calls on the name of the LORD Shall be saved.’
Notice that these verses take you right through the Great Tribulation period because he speaks of the events of the Great Tribulation.
These verses are speaking about the Day of the Lord the days when the church is raptured and judgment comes down.
In using the quotation from Joel, Peter explained what these curious onlookers and unbelievers saw as the Holy Spirit was poured out upon the people.
Before this event the Holy Spirit was given to certain individuals; now He would be given to all.
This outpouring of the Holy Spirit means that God is offering salvation in a way previously unknown: So Peter is using the quotation to an evangelistic purpose.
It will be some years later until the gospel is offered to Gentiles, yet Peter’s sermon text announces the gospel invitation by saying, whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.
Have you responded to this invitation?
Are you experiencing God in a new and exciting way everyday?
You can all you have to do is ask!