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The Holy Spirit Indwells The Community Of Christ

May 25, 2014 Series: Acts

Passage: Acts 2:1–2:47

Introduction

Chapter 2 is sometimes referred to as Baptism of the Holy Spirit. It describes miraculous acts which defies human understanding. It is also important for us to understand Acts 2 in the context of God's salvation history. 

Occasion - Witness the Fulfilment of God's Promise (v.1-36)

Manifestations reveal the divine power of the Holy Spirit (v.1-13).

  • The giving of tongues was not for self-glorification. It was ultimately a work of God for evangelistic purposes -- to proclaim the good news of what Jesus had done. 
  • There was also a visual image, that of the fire. The motif of fire is associated with divine activity (c.f. Moses and the burning bush in Exo 3:2). God has alos been described as a consuming fire (c.f. Deut 4:24). 
  • What dos this tell us? This supernatural act underscores God's divine initiative in making possible the mission that God has commissioned. In a real sense, God is bringing the message of the gospel to the masses

The message that they brought with them (v.16-36). 

  • These manifestations were a fulfilment of God's promises in the book of Joel.
  • It was made possible because of Jesus. Jesus being lifted up to the right hand of God and also receiving the promise of the Holy Spirit from the Father, poured out the Holy Spirit.
  • Jesus is addressed as both Lord (sovereign) and Christ (saviour). Jesus has full heavenly authority (v35) and is the only one holy enough to be seated at the right hand of God. 

Opportunity - Receive and share as a result of turning to God (v.37-41)

The call was to repent, be baptised and to receive salvation (v.38). 

  • Repent is more than changing your mind about something. The Hebrew idea is "turn" - indicating a change in direction. Specifically, it indicates a change of direction from self to God. 
  • The call was also to be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins. This is an individual response. Baptism does not save but it is the attitude that is important. 
  • All who repent and are baptised in Jesus will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. In the Spirit is the enablement of new life and the power to share the good news of Jesus Christ. 

God's grace is available to all (v.39).

Outcome - marked by care and concern for others, (v.42-47)

  • What did the church in Acts do? They were involved in teaching, fellowship, the breaking of bread and prayer.
  • What kind of attitude did they have? They had glad and generous hearts and constantly praised God. 
  • The fellowship of the church in Acts revolved around the Word and was made possible by the blood of Jesus, which they commemmorated with the breaking of bread. Their transformed lives was evident in the way they related to one another in the church, as well as to those outside of the church community. 

Conclusion

  • Acts 2 describes the occasion of the arrival of the Holy Spirit, fulfilling God's promises made to his people long ago.
  • The people are given the opportunity to repent and e baptised and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
  • God's assured outcome is the forming of a new, Spirit-restored community

Application

What does this mean for us today? 

  • Participate - get involved in discipling another believer, it could be someone who is younger in the faith or perhaps a new believer
  • Contribute - pool resources together to reach those people who have yet to be reached

 

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