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The events of Acts chapter two are generally well known by Christians. The Holy Spirit comes upon Jesus’ followers. He creates a commotion which Peter explains in a sermon. Many people believe in Jesus and are baptized.
It’s easy for us to take our eyes off the main point of this passage. We want a show of God’s power. We want an extraordinary sign. We want to have a sudden gathering from many nations None of those is the main point of the text. In verse 21, we see that God’s point in all these events is to persuade people to call on His name an be saved. It’s as simple as that. God’s works and character are proclaimed. The Lord draws attention to himself, and some call on him.
A right understanding of this process can revolutionize our Christian ministry. All of a sudden, God is the one who persuades people. Instead of our role in the Christian life being paramount, it is Jesus for us. This is truly the work of the Holy Spirit. We are completely unable to make revival happen. Only through the operation of the holy Spirit do we have hope. And He is the one who has begun the work. We simply try to explain it as well as we can.
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