The Book Of Acts Chapter 2:39-41 (6 Of 44) by Harley Howard

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The Book of Acts, Chapter 2:39-41 (6 of 44)
Dr. Harley Howard

39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children,
and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord
our God shall call.

For the promise--what promise? The promise of the
Holy Spirit of God. Even in the use of Joel 2, which
Peter did in his sermon, the promise of the Holy
Spirit was included. Joel 2:28-29. Many passages in
the Old Testament revealed to the Jews that God would
pour out His Spirit among His people. Isaiah. 44:3;
Ezekiel. 36:27; 37:14

39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children,
and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord
our God shall call.

The promised Holy Spirit that they would receive upon
repentance was not to the present hearers alone, but
to their children, their offspring. This does not
mean that if mom or dad is saved that all of the
children are saved under the umbrella of mom and, or
dad's salvation. The blessing of the indwelling Holy
Spirit would be available to future generations who
would repent. And not only was the promise of the
Holy Spirit available to the present hearers and their
generations to follow, but to everyone scattered
abroad. Certainly Peter had the Jews in mind. I
don't believe for a second that he was thinking about
a Gentile in his message, and this is not to bring any
discredit to Peter. Peter was preaching a Spirit
filled message and the salvation he preached was
available only then to Jews. Later, Peter would be
introduced to God's plan of bringing in Gentiles to
this great salvation and giving them the Holy Spirit
just as God did to the Jews. If in Peter's mind he
was thinking Jews alone, certainly God's plan included
Gentiles. For example, the words, to all that are
afar off, Paul used to describe Gentiles.

Ephesians 2:11-13
11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past
Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision ...


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