Bible: Acts 2-4

The Holy Spirit and the Day of Pentecost

2:1 Now 1  when the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2:2 Suddenly 2  a sound 3  like a violent wind blowing 4  came from heaven 5  and filled the entire house where they were sitting. 2:3 And tongues spreading out like a fire 6  appeared to them and came to rest on each one of them. 2:4 All 7  of them were filled with the Holy Spirit, and they began to speak in other languages 8  as the Spirit enabled them. 9 

2:5 Now there were devout Jews 10  from every nation under heaven residing in Jerusalem. 11  2:6 When this sound 12  occurred, a crowd gathered and was in confusion, 13  because each one heard them speaking in his own language. 2:7 Completely baffled, they said, 14 Aren’t 15  all these who are speaking Galileans? 2:8 And how is it that each one of us hears them 16  in our own native language? 17  2:9 Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and the province of Asia, 18  2:10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene, 19  and visitors from Rome, 20  2:11 both Jews and proselytes, 21  Cretans and Arabs – we hear them speaking in our own languages about the great deeds God has done! 22  2:12 All were astounded and greatly confused, saying to one another, “What does this mean? 2:13 But others jeered at the speakers, 23  saying, “They are drunk on new wine! 24 

Peter’s Address on the Day of Pentecost

2:14 But Peter stood up 25  with the eleven, raised his voice, and addressed them: “You men of Judea 26  and all you who live in Jerusalem, 27  know this 28  and listen carefully to what I say. 2:15 In spite of what you think, these men are not drunk, 29  for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. 30  2:16 But this is what was spoken about through the prophet Joel: 31 

2:17And in the last days 32  it will be,God says,

that I will pour out my Spirit on all people, 33 

and your sons and your daughters will prophesy,

and your young men will see visions,

and your old men will dream dreams.

2:18 Even on my servants, 34  both men and women,

I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. 35 

2:19 And I will perform wonders in the sky 36  above

and miraculous signs 37  on the earth below,

blood and fire and clouds of smoke.

2:20 The sun will be changed to darkness

and the moon to blood

before the great and glorious 38  day of the Lord comes.

2:21 And then 39  everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ 40 

2:22Men of Israel, 41  listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man clearly attested to you by God with powerful deeds, 42  wonders, and miraculous signs 43  that God performed among you through him, just as you yourselves know 2:23 this man, who was handed over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you executed 44  by nailing him to a cross at the hands of Gentiles. 45  2:24 But God raised him up, 46  having released 47  him from the pains 48  of death, because it was not possible for him to be held in its power. 49  2:25 For David says about him,

I saw the Lord always in front of me, 50 

for he is at my right hand so that I will not be shaken.

2:26 Therefore my heart was glad and my tongue rejoiced;

my body 51  also will live in hope,

2:27 because you will not leave my soul in Hades, 52 

nor permit your Holy One to experience 53  decay.

2:28 You have made known to me the paths of life;

you will make me full of joy with your presence.’ 54 

2:29Brothers, 55  I can speak confidently 56  to you about our forefather 57  David, that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 2:30 So then, because 58  he was a prophet and knew that God had sworn to him with an oath to seat one of his descendants 59  on his throne, 60  2:31 David by foreseeing this 61  spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, 62  that he was neither abandoned to Hades, 63  nor did his body 64  experience 65  decay. 66  2:32 This Jesus God raised up, and we are all witnesses of it. 67  2:33 So then, exalted 68  to the right hand 69  of God, and having received 70  the promise of the Holy Spirit 71  from the Father, he has poured out 72  what you both see and hear. 2:34 For David did not ascend into heaven, but he himself says,

The Lord said to my lord,

Sit 73  at my right hand

2:35 until I make your enemies a footstool 74  for your feet.”’ 75 

2:36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know beyond a doubt 76  that God has made this Jesus whom you crucified 77  both Lord 78  and Christ.” 79 

The Response to Peter’s Address

2:37 Now when they heard this, 80  they were acutely distressed 81  and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “What should we do, brothers? 2:38 Peter said to them, “Repent, and each one of you be baptized 82  in the name of Jesus Christ 83  for 84  the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 85  2:39 For the promise 86  is for you and your children, and for all who are far away, as many as the Lord our God will call to himself.” 2:40 With many other words he testified 87  and exhorted them saying, “Save yourselves from this perverse 88  generation! 2:41 So those who accepted 89  his message 90  were baptized, and that day about three thousand people 91  were added. 92 

The Fellowship of the Early Believers

2:42 They were devoting themselves to the apostlesteaching and to fellowship, 93  to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 94  2:43 Reverential awe 95  came over everyone, 96  and many wonders and miraculous signs 97  came about by the apostles. 2:44 All who believed were together and held 98  everything in common, 2:45 and they began selling 99  their property 100  and possessions and distributing the proceeds 101  to everyone, as anyone had need. 2:46 Every day 102  they continued to gather together by common consent in the temple courts, 103  breaking bread from 104  house to house, sharing their food with glad 105  and humble hearts, 106  2:47 praising God and having the good will 107  of all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number every day 108  those who were being saved.

Peter and John Heal a Lame Man at the Temple

3:1 Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time 109  for prayer, 110  at three o’clock in the afternoon. 111  3:2 And a man lame 112  from birth 113  was being carried up, who was placed at the temple gate called “the Beautiful Gate” every day 114  so he could beg for money 115  from those going into the temple courts. 116  3:3 When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple courts, 117  he asked them for money. 118  3:4 Peter looked directly 119  at him (as did John) and said, “Look at us! 3:5 So the lame man 120  paid attention to them, expecting to receive something from them. 3:6 But Peter said, “I have no silver or gold, 121  but what I do have I give you. In the name 122  of Jesus Christ 123  the Nazarene, stand up and 124  walk! 3:7 Then 125  Peter 126  took hold 127  of him by the right hand and raised him up, and at once the man’s 128  feet and ankles were made strong. 129  3:8 He 130  jumped up, 131  stood and began walking around, and he entered the temple courts 132  with them, walking and leaping and praising God. 3:9 All 133  the people saw him walking and praising God, 3:10 and they recognized him as the man who used to sit and ask for donations 134  at the Beautiful Gate of the temple, and they were filled with astonishment and amazement 135  at what had happened to him.

Peter Addresses the Crowd

3:11 While the man 136  was hanging on to Peter and John, all the people, completely astounded, ran together to them in the covered walkway 137  called Solomon’s Portico. 138  3:12 When Peter saw this, he declared to the people, “Men of Israel, 139  why are you amazed at this? Why 140  do you stare at us as if we had made this man 141  walk by our own power or piety? 3:13 The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, 142  the God of our forefathers, 143  has glorified 144  his servant 145  Jesus, whom you handed over and rejected 146  in the presence of Pilate after he had decided 147  to release him. 3:14 But you rejected 148  the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a man who was a murderer be released to you. 3:15 You killed 149  the Originator 150  of life, whom God raised 151  from the dead. To this fact we are witnesses! 152  3:16 And on the basis of faith in Jesus’ 153  name, 154  his very name has made this man – whom you see and know – strong. The 155  faith that is through Jesus 156  has given him this complete health in the presence 157  of you all. 3:17 And now, brothers, I know you acted in ignorance, 158  as your rulers did too. 3:18 But the things God foretold 159  long ago through 160  all the prophets – that his Christ 161  would suffer – he has fulfilled in this way. 3:19 Therefore repent and turn back so that your sins may be wiped out, 3:20 so that times of refreshing 162  may come from the presence of the Lord, 163  and so that he may send the Messiah 164  appointed 165  for you – that is, Jesus. 3:21 This one 166  heaven must 167  receive until the time all things are restored, 168  which God declared 169  from times long ago 170  through his holy prophets. 3:22 Moses said, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your brothers. You must obey 171  him in everything he tells you. 172  3:23 Every person 173  who does not obey that prophet will be destroyed and thus removed 174  from the people.’ 175  3:24 And all the prophets, from Samuel and those who followed him, have spoken about and announced 176  these days. 3:25 You are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant that God made with your ancestors, 177  saying to Abraham, ‘And in your descendants 178  all the nations 179  of the earth will be blessed.’ 180  3:26 God raised up 181  his servant and sent him first to you, to bless you by turning 182  each one of you from your iniquities.” 183 

The Arrest and Trial of Peter and John

4:1 While Peter and John 184  were speaking to the people, the priests and the commander 185  of the temple guard 186  and the Sadducees 187  came up 188  to them, 4:2 angry 189  because they were teaching the people and announcing 190  in Jesus the resurrection of the dead. 4:3 So 191  they seized 192  them and put them in jail 193  until the next day (for it was already evening). 4:4 But many of those who had listened to 194  the message 195  believed, and the number of the men 196  came to about five thousand.

4:5 On the next day, 197  their rulers, elders, and experts in the law 198  came together 199  in Jerusalem. 200  4:6 Annas the high priest was there, and Caiaphas, John, Alexander, and others who were members of the high priest’s family. 201  4:7 After 202  making Peter and John 203  stand in their midst, they began to inquire, “By what power or by what name 204  did you do this? 4:8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, 205  replied, 206 Rulers of the people and elders, 207  4:9 if 208  we are being examined 209  today for a good deed 210  done to a sick man – by what means this man was healed 211  4:10 let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ 212  the Nazarene whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, this man stands before you healthy. 4:11 This Jesus 213  is the stone that was rejected by you, 214  the builders, that has become the cornerstone. 215  4:12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among people 216  by which we must 217  be saved.”

4:13 When they saw the boldness 218  of Peter and John, and discovered 219  that they were uneducated 220  and ordinary 221  men, they were amazed and recognized these men had been with Jesus. 4:14 And because they saw the man who had been healed standing with them, they had nothing to say against this. 222  4:15 But when they had ordered them to go outside the council, 223  they began to confer with one another, 4:16 saying, “What should we do with these men? For it is plain 224  to all who live in Jerusalem that a notable miraculous sign 225  has come about through them, 226  and we cannot deny it. 4:17 But to keep this matter from spreading any further among the people, let us warn them to speak no more 227  to anyone in this name.” 4:18 And they called them in and ordered 228  them not to speak or teach at all in the name 229  of Jesus. 4:19 But Peter and John replied, 230 Whether it is right before God to obey 231  you rather than God, you decide, 4:20 for it is impossible 232  for us not to speak about what we have seen and heard.” 4:21 After threatening them further, they released them, for they could not find how to punish them on account of the people, because they were all praising 233  God for what had happened. 4:22 For the man, on whom this miraculous sign 234  of healing had been performed, 235  was over forty years old.

The Followers of Jesus Pray for Boldness

4:23 When they were released, Peter and John 236  went to their fellow believers 237  and reported everything the high priests and the elders had said to them. 4:24 When they heard this, they raised their voices to God with one mind 238  and said, “Master of all, 239  you who made the heaven, the earth, 240  the sea, and everything that is in them, 4:25 who said by the Holy Spirit through 241  your servant David our forefather, 242 

Why do the nations 243  rage, 244 

and the peoples plot foolish 245  things?

4:26 The kings of the earth stood together, 246 

and the rulers assembled together,

against the Lord and against his 247  Christ.’ 248 

4:27For indeed both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, assembled together in this city against 249  your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, 250  4:28 to do as much as your power 251  and your plan 252  had decided beforehand 253  would happen. 4:29 And now, Lord, pay attention to 254  their threats, and grant 255  to your servants 256  to speak your message 257  with great courage, 258  4:30 while you extend your hand to heal, and to bring about miraculous signs 259  and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” 4:31 When 260  they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken, 261  and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak 262  the word of God 263  courageously. 264 

Conditions Among the Early Believers

4:32 The group of those who believed were of one heart and mind, 265  and no one said that any of his possessions was his own, but everything was held in common. 266  4:33 With 267  great power the apostles were giving testimony 268  to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was on them all. 4:34 For there was no one needy 269  among them, because those who were owners of land or houses were selling 270  them 271  and bringing the proceeds from the sales 4:35 and placing them at the apostlesfeet. The proceeds 272  were distributed to each, as anyone had need. 4:36 So Joseph, a Levite who was a native of Cyprus, called by the apostles Barnabas (which is translated “son of encouragement), 273  4:37 sold 274  a field 275  that belonged to him and brought the money 276  and placed it at the apostlesfeet.

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