In today’s passage, the Disciples of Christ were all baptized with the Holy Ghost on the day of Pentecost. This baptism was evident by their ability to speak in other tongues.
The baptism of the Holy Ghost was a supernatural occurrence never seen in like manner in Israel. Everybody from different tribes heard the disciples speak in their native language just as the Holy Ghost gave them utterances. They were all amazed at the wonders of God while some of the Jews were in doubt of the experience of the disciples counting it for drunkenness.
Peter with great boldness addressed the crowd reminding them that what the disciples just experienced was a fulfillment of Gods promise as prophesied by Prophet Joel. He reminded them that salvation will come to them if they could believe in the name of the lord.
Hundreds of years had passed when Prophet Joel saw into the future and prophesied about the baptism of the Holy Ghost. Jesus also promised this to the disciples asking them to tarry in Jerusalem until they receive the promise.
This is to remind us that the promise of God never fails. God is able to fulfill whatever promise He has given to you. Therefore wait on God.
I will not stagger at the promise of God through unbelief in the name of Jesus.
Reading – Act 2:1-21
The Holy Spirit Comes at Pentecost
2 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues[a] as the Spirit enabled them.
5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven.6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. 7 Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? 9 Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,[b] 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” 12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”
13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”
Peter Addresses the Crowd
14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. 15 These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning!16 No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
17 “‘In the last days, God says,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your young men will see visions,
your old men will dream dreams.
18 Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
and they will prophesy.
19 I will show wonders in the heavens above
and signs on the earth below,
blood and fire and billows of smoke.
20 The sun will be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood
before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
21 And everyone who calls
on the name of the Lord will be saved.’[c]
- Acts 2:4 Or languages; also in verse 11
- Acts 2:9 That is, the Roman province by that name
- Acts 2:21 Joel 2:28-32