“Everyone whom the Lord calls to himself”
What sort of person is the Lord seeking to call? As we completed reading Peter’s speech on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2 today this familiar question surfaced again. It was a remarkable speech before this great crowd intrigued to hear all these Galileans speaking in their own languages.
Peter quoted from two different Psalms and the prophet Joel to show that the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus, their real Messiah, had been foretold. Of course we only have the essential kernel of his speech, as the record says,
“and with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them saying, ‘Save yourselves from this crooked generation’” (verse 40).
All generations are ‘crooked’ to differing degrees but today we live in one that is extremely so! Now, did all those who heard Peter save themselves? Peter had previously said,
“the promise is for you and your children and for all who are afar off, everyone one whom the Lord calls to himself” (verse 39).
This was the promise that was made to David; Peter had quoted his Psalm (verse 28)
“You have made known to me the paths of life; you will make me full of gladness with your presence”.
Back to our question, did all those who heard Peter act to save themselves? Verse 41 tells us,
“So all those who received his word were baptised”.
It is essential for those who hear (or read) to receive into their hearts the word, realizing what it means for them personally – and so be motivated to act. We are reading in Deuteronomy of those who heard Moses final stirring messages before he died – they received his words and so entered the promised land and were faithful in their lives.
The initial effect on those who received Peter’s words and were baptised was that they
“devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and prayers” (verse 42).
This is the result when the Lord calls men and women to himself.
Our thoughts then went to those most moving words in Hebrews,
“let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering … all the more as you see the day approaching” (10:22,23,25).
- Humility and the Fear of the Lord
- God wants to be gracious to you
- Looking forward to the return of Jesus
- Being of good courage running the race
- The Significance of Jesus’s Death and Resurrection and How we are to Respond to it
- What Shall We Do?
- Acts 2, Pentecost, the Holy Spirit arrives, the Tongues spoken, Peter’s Sermon, the Fellowship of the Believers.
- Pierced to the Heart.
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- Expect Great Things From God; Attempt Great Things for God: A Devotional on Acts 2.22-23
- The Most Important Historical Event in All of History: A Devotional on Acts 2.24-32
- Exalted and Enthroned: A Devotional on Acts 2.33-36
- Marked by the Gospel: A Devotional on Acts 2.37-41
- Christianity Requires Community: A Devotional on Acts 2.42-47
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- Speaking In Tongues and The Hidden Message in Acts 2