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Beyond all doubt | Acts 2:34-36

34 For David did not ascend into the heavens, yet he himself says,

‘The Lord [the Father] said to my [ e ]Lord [the Son], “Sit at My right hand, 35 Until I make Your enemies a [ f ]footstool for Your feet.”’

36 Therefore let all the house of Israel recognize beyond all doubt that God has made Him both Lord and Christ (Messiah, Anointed)—this Jesus whom you crucified.”

Acts 2:34-36 (NASB) 中文

Peter’s preaching proceeds

Peter has been preaching positive proof about who Christ is. The OT prophecies from the last post combined with personal testimony by the apostles of the resurrection of Jesus are more than sufficient proof. But Peter, led by the Holy Spirit, decides to add one more OT prophecy for “good measure”. Then, he hits them again: “You crucified Him!”

Beyond all doubt

So if the last OT quote didn’t convince them of Jesus’ identity as the promised Messiah, then this one from Psalm 110:1 will. David wrote the Psalm. How could he be the one the Lord (Father) sets at His right hand? First, he is not dead when he writes this. Second, God would not reserve His right hand, the position of power, for a man. Jesus quoted this Himself in Matthew 22:44 to prove to the Pharisees He is God. I like how the AMP version adds the notes (that are not in the original text) using [ ] characters to clarify.

Leveling conviction

Peter then concludes his short sermon with a 1-2 punch. He states that it is abundantly clear that Jesus is Lord and Christ (Messiah, Anointed). This is God’s doing. The final punch is (my interpretation) “You Jews had the audacity and were so evil that you crucified Him! What were you thinking?!” But, of course, Peter knew, as he stated multiple times, that this was all prophesied by the Father and was according to His masterful, benevolent, plan. He also knows that he himself is a Jew and, if not chosen as an apostle, would have joined with the rest.


  • This statement by Peter begs the question: Is Jesus your Lord and Christ (savior)? It is true that strictly speaking, salvation is for those who repent and believe. Yet true faith will produce fruit of repentance. Good works will be evident along with a seeking for and submission to Him as Lord.
  • Let us be sure to give praise to the Lord Jesus Christ. He who sits at the right hand of the Father in glory and will come again in power to judge and rule! Come, Lord Jesus (Maranatha).
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