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Peter’s Preaching | Acts 2:14-15

14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them: “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words. 15 For these people are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day.[ b

Acts 2:14-15 (ESV) 中文

Together waiting

The Holy Spirit has come as Jesus promised. This powers their discipleship and evangelism to the whole world (Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 1:8). Speaking in other languages is the manifestation of His coming. It’s convincing proof of His as well.

Peter’s preaching

Now Peter stands up and starts to explain what’s going on. “We should notice that the speaking in tongues stopped when Peter began to preach. The Holy Spirit now worked through Peter’s preaching and would not work against Himself through tongues at the same time.” (enduringword.com) It’s a work of God as prophesied in the OT – which we’ll read in the next post.

His correction

He addresses, “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem”. As Luke documented earlier in yesterday’s passage, there were many from the Jewish diaspora there from other countries. There were also women (Acts 1:14). He first shut down the idea that this miracle was due to drunkenness (which possibly could be seen as blasphemy against the Holy Spirit). He says it’s ridiculous to think that. This sharp rebuke of that idea turns the attention quickly back to the miraculous power of the Spirit.

Why preaching?

Isn’t the miracle enough to convict and convert people? Why did Peter need to preach? “The miraculous is not self-authenticating, nor does it inevitably and uniformly convince. There must also be the preparation of the heart and the proclamation of the message if miracles are to accomplish their full purpose. This was true even for the miracle of the Spirit’s coming at Pentecost … All this prepares the reader for Peter’s sermon, which is the initial proclamation of the gospel message to a prepared people.” (Planobiblechapel.org quoting Longenecker) So next is Peter’s sermon.

RЯeflection

  • Do you pray for and expect miracles from the Holy Spirit? It could be healing or changes in circumstances. Or it could be a gift of the Spirit (1 Cor 12). If not, you may be putting God into a box and missing out on Him glorifying Himself through these miracles and gifts.
  • Yet don’t go to the other extreme and seek miracles as the “be all to end all”. As noted above in the Plano Bible Chapel reference, miracles have a purpose, but there needs to be proclamation of the Word of God along with them.
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