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Bobby Stafford Acts 2:43-47       

The Book of Acts

Acts 2:39-42

Verse 39  Acts 2:39 “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.”  NKJV

This promise refers to what he has just mentioned – salvation, forgiveness of sins, and the gift of the Holy Spirit.  (Ephesians 1:3) “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,” NKJV  This promise wasn’t just to that generation but to all future generations.  This includes every individual who would be subject to the gospel call by submitting to the gospel plan of salvation.  (II Thessalonians 2:13-14) “But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth, to which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  This would include both Jews and Gentiles.  (Ephesians 2:13, 17) “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.  17And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near.”  NKJV

Verse 40  Acts 2:40 “And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, ‘Be saved from this perverse generation.”  NKJV

Luke only recorded a part of Peter’s sermon.  He kept on preaching by way of testifying and exhorting.  This was done solemnly and earnestly.  He told them to “save themselves.”  This should once and for all put to rest the false idea that one can do nothing toward saving himself.  Peter had given his listeners the remedy for the forgiveness of sins.  Now it was up to them to comply with it.  When they did, they “saved themselves.”  They did not earn or merit their salvation when they repented and were baptized, but these were the conditions that had to be met to accept the salvation that was offered.  “Crooked generation” – That generation, as well as every wicked generation, will be destroyed eternally in hell.  (Luke 11:29-32) (Matthew 23:33) “Serpents, brood of vipers!  How can you escape the condemnation of hell?”  NKJV

Verse 41  Acts 2:41 “Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.”  NKJV

Those who had cried out, “what shall we do?” were glad to hear Peter’s answer.  They accepted it gladly and with great relief.  They had been given a way of escape from the penalty of their sins.  Those who accepted Peter’s message were baptized and received forgiveness of their sins.  Those who rejected Peter’s message were not baptized and thus were still lost in their sins.  “Added in that day” – The church Jesus had spoken about (Matthew 16:18) “And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.”  NKJV was now established.  (Acts 20:28) “Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.”  NKJV  Peter had used the keys to open the kingdom.  (Matthew 16:19) “And I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”  NKJV  This is called Christ’s Kingdom.  (Colossians 1:13) “He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love.”  NKJV

Verse 42  Acts 2:42 “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.”  NKJV

The second part of the Great Commission was now being executed by the apostles by teaching the new converts all things that Jesus had commanded.  (Matthew 28:20)  “teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.  Amen.”  NKJV  The apostles’ word was to be received as the very Word of God.  (I Thessalonians 2:13) “For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe.”  These new Christians were earnest in adhering to the apostles’ teaching.  They were eager to receive instruction.  (II Thessalonians 2:15)  “Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle.”  NKJV Their devotion was obvious.  “Fellowship” – These new converts assembled together having a common interest in spiritual matters.  (Hebrews 10:24-25)  “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”  NKJV  Each Christian participated in those things that concerned the welfare of the others.  “Breaking of bread” – The breaking of the bread is a reference to the Lord’s Supper.  The Lord’s Supper is a type of fellowship.  (I Corinthians 10:16) “The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ?  The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?”  NKJV  They were steadfast in observing it.  “Prayers” – Praying together as a congregation was a regular part of their worship.  (Colossians 4:2) “Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving;”  NKJV


Bobby Stafford  May 10, 2015  [Evening]  Acts:  Lesson 10  Acts 2:39-42

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