Acts 2
Chapter 2
The Holy Spirit comes
1Then the day of the Pentecost festival arrived. All the believers were meeting together in one place.#2:1 The Jewish Day of Pentecost was 50 days after they ate the Passover meal. 2Suddenly, as they were sitting together, they heard a noise. The noise came from the sky and it filled the whole house. It was like the sound of a strong wind. 3Then they saw something that looked like many small fires. The separate fires moved and went to sit on each person there. 4All the believers became full with the Holy Spirit. They began to speak in languages that they had not learned. They spoke whatever language the Holy Spirit helped them to speak.
5At that time, Jews who came from many different countries in the world were staying in Jerusalem. They were Jews who carefully obeyed God's Law. 6When these Jews heard the noise, a large crowd of them came together in that place. As the believers spoke, each person in the crowd could hear the message in their own language. This confused them. 7They were very surprised and they said to each other, ‘These men who are speaking our languages are all from Galilee. 8But each of us can hear them speak in the language of our own home country. How can this happen? 9Some of us are from Parthia, Media and Elam. Some of us live in Mesopotamia, Judea, and Cappadocia. Some of us are from Pontus and Asia. 10Some of us are from Phrygia and Pamphylia. Some of us are from Egypt. Some of us are from near the town called Cyrene in the country of Libya. Some of us have come from Rome to visit Jerusalem. 11Some of us have been Jews since we were born. Others of us do not have Jewish parents, but now we obey God like the Jews do. Some of us are from Crete and some of us are from Arabia. But we all hear these people speaking in our own languages. They are speaking about all the great things that God has done.’
12All the people were very surprised. They did not understand what was happening. ‘What does all this mean?’ they asked each other. 13But some other people laughed at the disciples. They said, ‘These people have drunk too much wine!’
Peter speaks to the crowd
14Peter was there with the other 11 apostles and he stood up with them. He began to speak to the crowd with a loud voice. He said, ‘You people who are Jews like us, listen carefully to me. All you other people who live here in Jerusalem, you also listen to me. I will explain to you everything that is happening. 15Some of you think that my friends here are drunk. But they are not drunk, because it is only 9 o'clock in the morning. #2:15 The Jewish day began at 6 o'clock in the morning. On the Day of Pentecost, the Jews prayed at 9 o'clock. Then they ate their first meal of the day at 10 o'clock. So at 9 o'clock they would not yet have had any food or drink that day. So they could not be drunk. 16No, something different is happening here. Long ago, the prophet Joel spoke God's message about all this. This is what he said: #2:16 We can read what Joel said in Joel 2:28-32.
17God says “This is what I will do in the last days.
I will give my Spirit to all people.
Your sons and daughters will speak my message to people.
Your young men will see pictures from me in their minds.
And your old men will see things in their dreams.
18At that time, I will give my Spirit to all my servants,
both men and women.
Then they will speak my message to people.
19I will cause special things to appear in the sky.
I will cause special things to appear on the earth too.
Those things will show how great I am.
There will be blood, fire and thick dark smoke.
20The sun will become dark to people.
The moon will become dark red like the colour of blood.
These things will happen before the great day of the Lord God arrives.
On that day, he will come with power and authority.
21The Lord will save everyone who asks him to help them.” ’ #2:21 We do many wrong things. The result is that we are separated from God. God's message is that only Jesus can save us from the result of these wrong things. Jesus can bring us close to God again. We must say sorry to God for all these wrong things that we have done. We must tell God that now we will obey him. Then God will welcome us into his kingdom. God will give us a new life.
22Peter went on to say, ‘People of Israel, listen to what I am saying! Jesus, the man from Nazareth, came with God's authority to do his work. God did many powerful and special things through him. These miracles showed you clearly that God had sent him. You know about all this. These things happened here, and you saw them. 23God knew that Jesus' enemies would give him to you. God had decided that this should happen. You let people who don't obey God's Law fix him to the cross. In that way you killed him. 24But after his death, God caused him to become alive again. God saved Jesus from the power of death. It was impossible for death to keep hold of him. 25A long time ago, King David spoke about the Messiah in this way:
“I saw the Lord near me all the time.
He is next to me, on my right side,
so nothing will cause me trouble.
26Because of this, I am very happy,
and I will praise you, God.
I am human and one day I will die,
but I know that you will help me while I live.
27When I die, you will not leave me in the place for dead people.
You will not let anything destroy the body of your Holy One.
28You have shown me the paths that lead to life with you.
I will be completely happy because you will be with me for ever.” ’ #2:28 We can read this also in Psalm 16:8-11.
29Peter then said, ‘Friends, people of Israel, I must speak clearly to you about our ancestor, King David. He died and people buried his body in the ground. You can still see the place where people buried him. 30He was a prophet. He knew what God had promised him very strongly. He knew that a special man from his family would be king of God's people one day. 31David understood what God would do in future days. He did not speak about himself, but he spoke about this special man, the Messiah. He said that God would cause this man to become alive again after his death. God would not let him remain in the place for dead people. Nothing would destroy his body. 32This man that David talked about is Jesus. After his death, God caused him to become alive again. We ourselves saw this happen. All of us saw it. 33God took Jesus back up to heaven. He has made Jesus sit at his right side, the most important place. Jesus received the Holy Spirit from his Father God, so that he could give the Spirit to us. This is what God had promised to do. God has poured his Holy Spirit on us. Now you are seeing and hearing the result of this. 34King David himself did not go up into heaven like Jesus did. But David said:
“The Lord God said to my Lord:
Sit at my right side until I beat your enemies completely.
35Then you will be able to put your feet on them.” #2:35 We can read this also in Psalm 110:1.
36So, all you people of Israel must be sure to know this: It is this same Jesus that God chose as his special person, the Messiah. God has made him to be our Lord. But you fixed him to a cross and you killed him.’
37The people heard what Peter said to them. They were very upset. So they said to Peter and the other apostles, ‘Friends, tell us what we should do.’
38Peter said to them, ‘Each of you must stop doing wrong things. You must change how you live. If you believe in Jesus Christ, then we will baptise you. God will forgive you for the wrong things that you have done. Then you will receive the Holy Spirit, who is God's gift to you. 39God has promised to do all this for you and your children. He has also promised this to people who live far away in other places. The Lord our God will do it for all the people that he has called to come to him.’
40Peter also told them many other things. He continued to speak strongly to them. He told them to be careful and he said, ‘People who are alive today do not do what is right. Save yourselves from the punishment that God will send on them.’
41Many of the people who listened to Peter believed his message. So the apostles baptised those people. About three thousand people who now believed in Jesus joined the group that same day.
This is how the believers lived
42These new believers listened carefully to what the apostles taught them. They joined with everyone else in the group and shared things together. They prayed together and they ate meals together. #2:42 People who believed in Jesus were called believers. When they ate together they also remembered his death for them.
43The apostles did many miracles which showed that the power of God was with them. As a result, all the people were very surprised and afraid. 44All the believers continued to meet together often. They shared all their things with each other. 45They sold some of their own things. Then they gave that money to any other believers who needed it. 46The whole group of believers met together every day in the yard of God's Great House. They shared their food and they ate meals together in each other's homes. They were very happy and they were honest with one another. 47All the time, they praised God. All the other people thought that the believers were good people. Every day, the Lord saved more people so that the group of believers grew bigger.