Restored to Witness (6 of 7)
Series: Overcoming Failure - Lessons from The Life of Peter
Before Jesus returned to heaven he told his disciples in Acts 1:8 You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and unto the uttermost parts of the earth.
Jesus wanted them to boldly and clearly share who he was and that he had come to die so that those who believed he died for their sins would be completely forgiven of them.
They were to be witnesses John Gill wrote, ''of the person of Christ, of his deity and Sonship, of his incarnation, his ministry, and his miracles, of his suffering and death, of his resurrection from the dead, and his ascension to heaven.''
A witness is someone who shares what they have experienced or seen. As a Christian witness we share our personal experience that Jesus Christ died in our place so we could be forgiven of our sins.
Daniel Niles, a Sri Lanka evangelist (d. 1970) said, ''Evangelism is one beggar telling another beggar where to find bread.'' It is simply telling another sinner where they can find forgiveness.
FEAST OF PENTECOST :1-4 Pentecost means fifty and the feast of Pentecost came 50 days after Passover which was celebrated in early April. This celebration was called the feast of harvest because it took place after they had harvested the first of their early crops.
On this feast something new happened - the Holy Spirit came and filled each believer. Up to that time only specific individuals were filled with the Holy Spirit to perform specific duties such as king or priest or prophet.
The sign that they were filled with the Holy Spirit was they fact that these believers were able to speak in some 15 different foreign languages which the people understood in verses 9-10. BELIEVERS ARE MOCKED :5-13
Jewish people from these 15 different countries were living in Jerusalem probably so they could att ...
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