v. 1 - "when the day of Pentecost was fully come"
"they were all with one accord in one place"
doubtless, for prayer.
vs. 2-3 - Fire and Wind in similitude -
"sound...as of a rushing mighty wind...
appeared unto them cloven tongues like
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v. 4 - "And they were ALL filled with the
Holy Ghost, and began to speak with
other tongues, as the Spirit gave them
Thus Babel was reversed - Genesis 11
vs. 5-11 - There were people from "every nation
nation under heaven" - see the list
"every man heard them speak in his own language"
v. 8 - "how hear we every man in our own tongue?"
v. 12 - "What meaneth this?"
v. 13 - There were nay-sayers who thought they were
Mockers, men incapable of serious and devout
appreciation of the work of the Holy Spirit, attributed
the tension of feeling which they saw, and the
unintelligible words which they heard, to the effect
So in all times, "they that are born after the flesh
do persecute them that are born after the Spirit" -
vs. 14-40 - Peter's Sermon on the Day of Pentecost
vs. 17-21 - These men aren't drunk but it is the fulfillment
of the prophecy of Joel 2:27-32
v. 18 - "I will pour" ***(SEE ACTS 2 APPENDAGE B) ***
v. 19 - "I will show"
vs. 22-24 - Peter preaches God's Son, Jesus of Nazareth
as the one they delivered and crucified
according to God's will - Christ died and
God raised Him up - it was not possible that
death could hold Him - this he preaches to
the peoples of the world gathered at
v. 22 - "approved of God"
"miracles and wonders and signs" - The miracles of the
gospel are, and were intended to be, a demonstration of
the truth of Christianity, and it is at their peril that
Christians allow themselves to give up this argument
at the bidding of the skeptic.
The greatest miracle was the resurrection from the dead!
v. 23 - "the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God"
God's counsel that Christ should suffer for sins, was not
a vague, indistinct purpose, leaving much to accident and
the fluctuating will of man; it was determinate and defined
in respect of time and manner and the instruments used
for carrying it out!
"The Lamb slain from the foundation of the world"
v. 24 - "it was not possible" that death should hold
vs. 25-36 - Peter uses illustrations of David's faith
and beliefs because of God's promises.
vs. 25-28 - a quotation from Ps. 16:8-11
The full liberation of Christ from the dominion of
death - that of His soul from hell, and that of His
body from the grave before it saw corruption -
THUS OUR HOPE!
v. 30 - To David, "God had sworn with an oath"
that He would raise up Christ to sit on his
v. 31 - Promising the resurrection of Christ!
v. 32- "This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we
all are witnesses"
v. 33 - The explanation of the wind and cloven tongues
vs. 34-35 - a quotation from Ps. 110:1
v. 36 - "know assuredly" - God has made "that same
Jesus......Lord and Christ"
Compare "this same Jesus" of ch. 1:11
v. 37 - the hearers were under conviction and ask
"Men and brethren, what shall we do?"
vs. 38-39 - Peter's reply
"Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the
name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and
ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost"
"Save yourselves from this untoward generation" - v. 40
And especially this wicked generation of today!
v. 41 - 3,000 souls "gladly received his word" and were
v. 42 - "they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine
and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in
v. 43 - "And fear came upon every soul"
v. 46 - They continued "daily with one accord in the
temple......with gladness and singleness of heart"
"from house to house" - at home - the private Christian
place of meeting, as contrasted with the temple.
The whole description is a beautiful picture of Christian
unity, piety, love and joy!
v. 47 - "Praising God, and having favor with all the people"
"Those that were being saved" - those who were added to
the church were those who complied with the exhortation,
and escaped from complicity with their unbelieving