14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them: "Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words. 15 For these people are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. 16 But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel: 17 "'And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; 18 even on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy. 19 And I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke; 20 the sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent day. 21 And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.' 22 "Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know-- 23 this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. 24 God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it. 25 For David says concerning him, "'I saw the Lord always before me, for he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken; 26 therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; my flesh also will dwell in hope. 27 For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, or let your Holy One see corruption. 28 You have made known to me the paths of life; you will make me full of gladness with your presence.' 29 "Brothers, I may say to you with confidence about the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30 Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne, 31 he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption. 32 This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses. 33 Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing. 34 For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says, "'The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand, 35 until I make your enemies your footstool.' 36 Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified." 37 Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Brothers, what shall we do?" 38 And Peter said to them, "Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself." 40 And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, "Save yourselves from this crooked generation." 41 So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.
42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
- These men are not drunk.
- Let me explain it all to you.
- Let me tell you what declares.
And this is why: "it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved".
That's it. That's the sole reason when it comes right down to it.
God acts, God declares, God makes it so... that EVERYONE who calls on the name of the Lord SHALL BE (not might be or maybe) but SHALL BE saved.
That's declarative, and promisey.
Jesus came, he died, he sent the Holy Spirit to us. ALL THIS so that we might believe in him and be saved.
God wants me.
Can you believe it? Doesn't matter if you believe that he can save me... but know this truly.... God wants you to. He does. He sent his son to live, to die, to rise again, the Holy Spirit to come and fill the lives of people.... for one purpose only... that ANYONE might be saved. That's it.
Think on it.
He came for me.
That thought to me is so humbling sometime cause I know me... and I generally don't feel worth dying for. For living for. For sending anything for. I know me full well...but God knows me better you see. He sees me as I aught to be and so he makes me more than me. He's changed my life for good, for better.
And so because of him and his actions in my life I am learning the boldness of the disciples.. to speak of him and his actions. In the hopes that God will use them to show others WHO HE IS. So that in the end of it all... They might turn to the Lord Jesus Christ, believe on him and be saved.
Please... do me the wonder... and pray that I continue to find ways to bold for him. In ways that truly show who God is, to be able to explain his actions, like Peter did. Spelling it out for the people that God might change their hearts.
And come.. learn, listen to what God has to say to YOU. Cause really truly... he wants you to call on the name of the Lord, he wants YOU as part of his family too.