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Thursday, June 2 2016
Acts 2: The Saviour Of All Repentant People
"There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus ... Blessed are they that do His Commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie"
"3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus." (Galatians 3:28 KJV)
The famous Pentecost after the Messiah's Sacrifice (see The Passover To Pentecost Connection) was a time of the Holy Spirit coming with power upon many people at the same time. It also empowered them to speak the Gospel in other languages ("tongues"; see The Origin Of Speaking In Tongues) that gave them the practical ability of preaching the true Gospel (see What Gospel Did Jesus Preach?) to all people of all nations.
"2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2:2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 2:3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Peter's wisdom was rapidly growing. His adolescent, blustering "shoot from the mouth" impetuousness had been transformed into a stable servant of the LORD. While not long before, his little boy "fire back" attitude would have simply put down and ignored those who also made foolish statements, he was then able to respond with solid Truth that not merely answered the mockers, but gave the answer to the mockers - at the time when they also had the means to wake up.
Notice also that Peter quoted earlier prophets, King David (verses 25-28 and 34-35; see David's View From The Cross and The Patriotism Prophecy) and Joel (verses 17-21; see What And When Is The Day Of The LORD? and What Happens After The Day Of The LORD?) - who would have recognized the day in which the prophecies were fulfilled.
"2:14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words: 2:15 For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. 2:16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;
"2:42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. 2:43 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. 2:44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common; 2:45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. 2:46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, 2:47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved." (Acts 2:42-47 KJV)
This Day In History, June 2
455: Gaiseric and the Vandals (from which the term "vandalism originated) captured and plundered Rome (see also The Arian Kingdoms).
597: Augustine, missionary to England and the first archbishop of Canterbury, baptized Saxon king Ethelbert. The Christian-professing faith then spread rapidly among the Angles and Saxons.
1098: During the First Crusade (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy), the first Siege of Antioch ended when Crusader forces captured the city.
1420: King Henry V of England married Catherine of Valois, daughter of King Charles VI of France.
1692: Bridget Bishop became the first woman to face the witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts. She was hanged on June 10.
1734: During the War of the Polish Succession, Russia and Austria took Danzig after a siege which had begun in October of the year before.
1740: Comte Donatien Alphonse Francois de Sade, known as the Marquis de Sade, French writer and man of letters, was born. The perversion term "sadism" is derived from his name.
1763: During Pontiac's Rebellion in Michigan, Chippewas captured Fort Michilimackinac by diverting the defender's attention with a game of lacrosse, then chasing a ball into the fort.
1780: Riots began in London in protest against Parliament's plans to extend the Catholic Relief Act, canceling restrictions on Roman Catholics.
1793: Maximillian Robespierre, a member of France's Committee on Public Safety, began the "Reign of Terror," a purge of those accused of disloyalty against the French Republic.
1818: The British defeated the alliance of Maratha in Bombay, India.
1848: The Slavic congress in Prague began.
1886: U.S. President Grover Cleveland married Frances Folsom in the White House, becoming the only President to be married in the White House. The groom was 49, the bride was 22.
1896: Guglielmo Marconi applied for a patent for his new invention: the radio.
1910: Charles Stewart Roll became the first man to fly an airplane across the English Channel.
1924: The U.S. granted full citizenship to the native people, the "Indians" (ironically, the "American" government granted citizenship to the original Americans who lived there for millennia before the European immigrants, who later claimed themselves to be the Americans, came).
1928: Nationalist Chiang Kai-shek captured Peking in a bloodless takeover.
1949: Transjordan was renamed Jordan (see also Beyond Jordan).
1953: The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II took place at Westminster Abbey in London, 4 months after the death of her father King George VI. It was the first coronation seen on television.
1969: The Australian aircraft carrier Melbourne collided with the U.S. destroyer Frank E. Evans off the coast of South Vietnam. The destroyer was split in two.
1979: Pope John Paul II arrived in Poland in the first visit by a Pope to a communist country.
1997: A jury in Denver found Timothy McVeigh guilty of the terrorist bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995 that killed 168 people.
2003: The European Space Agency launched its first space vehicle to another planet, the Mars Express. It was launched from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan.