They were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
When the disciples all got in one accord and were baptized in the upper room, a multitude of people gathered in Jerusalem to see what all the noise was about. Peter went out and told them to do the same thing he and the rest of the disciples had been doing for daysRepent! In essence he said, Do what weve been doing, man. Repent! Repent and youll be baptized in the Holy Ghost just like we were! Sure enough, they did and the Spirit was poured out on them. Well now, Brother Copeland, our church had a repentance service back about six years ago. Everybody went down to the altar and cried. It was really great. Im sure it was, but the repenting you did six years ago wont put you in the place of glory today. If we are in the midst of this outpouring, we have to do like the early Church did. Acts 2:46 says they continued daily with one accord, in the temple, and having Communion as they went from house to house. They didnt stop praying and repenting when the outpouring hit one glorious day. They didnt just have a great meeting and then go back to watching TVand fussing with one another. They stayed in the Word. They stayed in agreement. When a disagreement cropped up, the disciples picked out seven men of good report, full of the Holy Ghost and power, and went down and straightened things out (see Acts 6:1-8). When they did, the glory of God fell. What does that mean for you and me? It means that if well keep ourselves in a state of repentance, if well continue daily to get sin out of our lives and get right with our brothers and sisters in Christ, then in this day of glory, God will work wonders through us. Not just in church, but at work! At the Parent-Teacher Organization meeting! At the grocery store! The glory will make us more alive. It will turn us into carriers of the healing, transforming, miracle-working power of God. God will use us to bring rivers of His presence to the dry places. Hell use us to stir up those who have fallen asleep, to shake them to the very soles of their feet…and the dead will come alive on every corner in this earth!Proverbs 15-16; Psalm 7I continue in the Word; therefore, I am Jesus disciple. John 8:31
Bibelstellen: Acts 2:37-47