Promise made, promise kept, and promise still being kept (Acts 2)

39 For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” Acts 2:39

Imagine that you happened to find a book filled with promises.  Imagine that you began to claim those promises.  Imagine that you received every promise your claimed.

Such imagination would lead to, as some have said, “a fairy tale world.”

In Acts 2 we do not find a fairy tale world, we find an amazing faith filled world.

Keep in mind, Jesus had made a promise to His disciples in John 7:38-39

38 Whoever believes in me, as[a] the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” 39 Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

Keep in mind, Jesus had made an earlier promise to all people, John 3:16

16 “For God so loved the world,[a] that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

God’s Word is a book filled with promises.  The two most important promises are these:

  • I will save all who believe in me.
  • I will give the Holy Spirit to all who believe in me.

In Acts 2 we see the promise being kept for the first time.  All those who were saved received the Holy Spirit.  Immediately after receiving the Spirit, these began to share the glorious news of the gospel.

This lead to Peter’s great Spirit-filled message that led to 3,000 people claiming the promises of God. They were saved and indwelt by the Holy Spirit.

This is so amazing to me!!!  But what amazes me more is this:  “The promise became personal to me in 1974.”

God, who made the promise, has kept the promise for 2100 years and is still keeping the promise for all who would believe on Him.

This promise book leads me to two actions:

  1. Praise Him for including me in the promise.
  2. To plead with Him to give me opportunities to share the promise.

Brothers and sisters, claim the promise and claim the people the promise is for.  They are afar off, Ephesians 2:14-16.  But they will be brought near by the blood of Jesus!!!

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