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Converted Into Christ
Bible Passage Acts 2:29-42
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2022 & books Acts, Luke, Mark, Psalm.

Converted Into Christ

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached June 7, 2022

SCRIPTURE 📖
29 “Brothers, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and that his tomb is among us to this day.

30 Therefore, since he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him with an oath to put one of his descendants on his throne,

31 he looked ahead and spoke about the resurrection of the Messiah: ‘He was not abandoned to Hades, and his flesh did not experience decay.’

32 “It was this very Jesus whom God raised—and we’re all witnesses of that.

33 He has been exalted to the right hand of God, has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit, and has caused you to experience what you are seeing and hearing.

34 After all, David did not go up to heaven, but he said, ‘The Lord told my Lord, “Sit at my right hand,

35 until I make your enemies your footstool.”’

36 “Therefore, let all the people of Israel understand beyond a doubt that God made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah!”

37 When the crowd that had gathered heard this, they were pierced to the heart. They asked Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?”

38 Peter answered them, “Every one of you must repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus the Messiah for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the Holy Spirit as a gift.

39 For this promise belongs to you and your children, as well as to all those who are distant, whom the Lord our God may call to himself.”

40 Using many different expressions, Peter continued to testify and to plead: “Be saved,” he urged them, “from this corrupt generation!”

41 So those who welcomed his message were baptized. That day about 3,000 people were added to their number.

42 The believers continued to devote themselves to what the apostles were teaching, to fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to times of prayer.

BACKGROUND
Today’s text is part of the address Peter gave on the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit fell on Him. Peter quoted Old Testament Scriptures that Jews, in general, believed referred to the Messiah in address (Psalm 16:8-11). Peter wanted the people to understand that this prophecy was about Jesus.

Although David was the author of the passages quoted, the words could not refer to him, as he was dead, whereas the person referred to here was alive.
The prophecy cannot be about David, because David died. His grave was in a famous place near Jerusalem.

This person, though not David, was a descendant of David; in fact, the Messiah. And this Messiah was Jesus, who had risen from the dead, returned to His Father in heaven, and sent the Holy Spirit upon His disciples.

In verses 34&35, Peter used another proof from the scriptures (Psalm 110:1). Jesus had already said that this verse was about Himself (Mark 12:35-37; Luke 20:41-44 ).

Finally, Peter called on the people to turn from their sins and believe in Jesus Christ. Because these people were part of the ‘wicked generation’ of Jews who killed the Messiah Jesus (cf. verse 23,40), they were to show their change of heart by being baptized in the name of the Messiah Jesus. They had to show publicly that they believed Jesus to be the Christ, the one whose divine authority was shown by the mighty works that God did through Him (cf. verse 22).

Through the baptism, they would receive two gifts. First, God would forgive them for the things that they had done wrong. Second, the Holy Spirit would come and live in them. The Spirit would make them into new people.
In this way they, and in fact, people of any generation would receive the same gift of the Holy Spirit as the apostles and others had just received (verse 37-40).

With the addition of three thousand people, the church now consisted largely of new believers, but these believers soon grew into a strong body. They were built up through learning the teachings of Jesus passed on to them by the apostles, and through joining in a fellowship where they worshipped and shared in the Lord’s Supper (verse 41-42).

LESSONS✍🏽
🔷 We must have total faith in Christ and celebrate His goodness

🔷 Our belief in the Messiah must never be secret, but public for the whole world to know

🔷 We must avail ourselves to be used by the Holy Spirit to send His message to all

PRAYER POINTS🙏🏽
💥 Ask the Holy Spirit of God to fill you for His work
💥 Ask God to equip you to win more people

CONCLUSION📙
Our Christian life must go to bring many others into the pen of Jesus the Messiah. But then we should first avail ourselves of God’s work by acknowledging our weaknesses and asking God to ready us.
AMEN

In series Bright Morning Reflections