Commentary on ACT 2. The birth of the Church. The Church-age Begins.


February 11, 2021

Grace Bible Church
Pastor-Teacher
Robert R. McLaughlin
Thursday February 11, 2021
Pastor Rick Kabrick

JOH 14:19-20, “After a little while the world will no longer see Me (visibly), but you see Me (spiritually); because I live, you will live also. In that day (Pentecost) you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.”

That is why we are so privileged to live in the Church-age and sadly many believers don’t realize that.

GOD told it directly to Adam and the woman.
HE provided the story in the stars.
HE provided the Prophets.
The Messiah came in the flesh.
33 years later HE would die for the sins of the world .
3 days later HE was resurrected.
40 days later HE would ascend to the Right Hand of GOD the Father.
10 days later, Pentecost the arrival of the HS.

The Day of Pentecost (50 days) was a Jewish feast held 50 days after Passover. It celebrated the firstfruits of the wheat harvest. Jewish tradition also taught that Pentecost marked the day when the Law was given to Israel. The day Moses went up Mt. Sinai and received the original tablets.

This day of Pentecost came 10 days after Jesus ascended to Heaven (the number of completion). Jesus had commanded them to wait for the coming of the Holy Spirit.

But now the disciples received the Holy Spirit in a new way, they were indwelled permanently with the H.S.

But they had to wait a full 10 days (GOD’s perfect completion), until the Day of Pentecost had come.

So, this sound was not wind blowing things around but had the sound of a mighty wind,

They were regarded as…let’s say uneducated…so they were the last people that you would expect to speak foreign languages and speak them fluently.

Here the Apostles were speaking in the languages of others for the purpose of sharing the good news of Jesus Christ the Messiah and speaking of the Fathers glory and HIS glorious works.

Now that is interesting. He didn’t say they never drink wine, he merely said it was too early. No Jew was drinking at that time of the day. Peter reminded the crowd of that and it seemed to have made sense to them.

Perhaps Peter had heard it before, and had that knowledge or the HS was helping him along, but Peter will quote: Joel 2:28-32PSA 16:8-11, and PSA 110:1.

What happened on the day of Pentecost was a partial fulfillment of that promise, with the final fulfillment coming in the last days (Peter had good reason to believe he was in and really he was in the last days just as we are).

It may also be helpful to see the last days as something like a season – a general period of time – more than a specific period, such as a week.
In the whole span of GOD’s plan for human history, we are in the season of the last days.

Now, under the New Covenant, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit is for all who call upon the name of the LORD and believe in HIM, thus those who are born again.

ISA 28:9 “To whom shall He teach knowledge of doctrine? To whom shall He cause to interpret the message? Those just weaned from milk? Those just taken from the breast?”

The terrible apostasy would result in the discipline, and destruction of the Northern Kingdom as a client nation to GOD.

ISA 28:10 “For precept added to precept, principle added to principle, line added to line, line added to line, a little doctrine at this time, a little doctrine at that time.”

They could have learned much more but they were drunk and had to be taught a little here a little there.

ISA 28:11“For with alien articulation and by means of a foreign language, He will communicate the Gospel to this people.”

Hearing the Gospel communicated in a foreign or Gentile language was to be the warning to the Jews In the last client nation of Judah that they were about to be destroyed.

This is the prophecy for the temporary gift of tongues, used to evangelize Jews in Gentile languages.

Because the Jews failed to go to the Gentiles as missionaries, the gift of tongues or Gentile languages was used to evangelize the Jews.

Permanent Gifts:
Pastor-teacher: Gift with the most authority today.
Evangelist.
Exhortation (Teaching type).
Administration in the church.
Helps.
Temporary Gifts:
Apostle.
Prophecy.
Healings.
Miracles.
Tongues. Interpretation of tongues.

The gift of tongues was used at the beginning of the Church-age to warn Israel of the approaching discipline, and the end of Jewish client nations until the Second Advent of Christ. And to launch the Messianic age, the good news of the Messiah.

Although Jews traveled far and wide as merchants making money, they did not send out missionaries as extensively to evangelize the Gentiles.

The gift of tongues was legitimately held by only a few believers prior to the completion of the Canon.

1CO 14:22, So then the tongues are for a sign, not to those who are believers, but to those who are unbelievers.

The sovereignty of the Holy Spirit controlled the vocal cords so that the speaker uttered a foreign language which was not previously known by him. However, the language was known to some unbeliever nearby who was listening.

Speaking in tongues is not necessary for salvation.
Speaking in tongues is not a sign of spirituality.
Speaking in tongues must never be confused with the baptism of the Spirit.

Tongues has been perpetuated past 70 A.D. under the administration of Satan as the ruler of this world. It is designed to distract the believer from the plan of God, and to introduce false experience
into the Christian life.

But Peter had not yet spoken about the saving work of Jesus. Everything until this point had been introduction, explaining the strange things they just saw. Now Peter would bring the essential message.

Peter did not hesitate to say: “You crucified this Man who God sent.”
His concern was not to appease or entertain his audience it was to tell them the truth.

But notice that this Spirit-filled Peter was a different man that the Peter who a few months before had denied the LORD because of a little servant girl.

Peter recognized that though this Psalm spoke of David, it also spoke of the Messiah, the LORD Jesus the Christ.
Jesus may have taught Peter this when HE instructed the disciples in the Scriptures.

LUK 24:45, Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.

Peter points out that this Psalm cannot be speaking of its human author, David – he is dead and buried. The Psalm must speak prophetically of the Messiah, Jesus.

How did Peter know this? Well…He saw the resurrected Jesus! Peter affirms that what the crowd saw was the work of the risen and ascended Jesus, who has sent His Holy Spirit upon His Church.

How did Peter know this? Well…He saw the resurrected Jesus! Peter affirms that what the crowd saw was the work of the risen and ascended Jesus, who has sent His Holy Spirit upon His Church.

Peter’s sermon concludes with a summary. Simply, all Israel should know that even though they crucified Jesus, GOD has declared HIM (Christ Jesus as both LORD and Christ.