And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. Acts 2:21
Just before Jesus ascends into heaven He tells His disciples that they are to be His witness all the way to the ends of the earth. He tells them that they will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon them. To really grasp what happened at the day of Pentecost in Acts 2 one must understand the role of the Holy Spirit.
The bible gives us some qualities of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit has intellect. We see in 1 Corinthians 2:10 the Holy Spirit knows the things of the Lord that we do not know. The Holy Spirit teaches us about God. The Holy Spirit being a part of the trinity also tells the truth. More importantly is the mission of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit’s mission is to reveal Jesus. Jesus’ mission was to reveal the Father this was so that we could come to have an eternal relationship with God.
On the day of Pentecost we see that many were gathered together in one place. All of a sudden there was a wind that came down from heaven. The Greek and Hebrew word for the Holy Spirit both translate to breath. This was the breath of God. The Holy Spirit, the breath of God had now descended upon those that were gathered together on this day of Pentecost. Among the people there, were devout Jews and men from every nation.
These men did not know what was going on. They were very confused about what they were witnessing. One even accused the men of being drunk. They had never witnessed anything like this before. They had no idea what was going on. The Holy Spirit was working and these devout Jews were missing a great opportunity.
Peter, recognizing what was happening, stood up and said these men are not drunk. Peter knew what Jesus had said about the Holy Spirit coming upon them and the power that would come with it. He knew that this was of God and because of this he did not waste any time proclaiming God. Peter recognized where the Holy Spirit was working and joined in.
Peter stood up and preached probably the most important sermon of his life. This sermon was very powerful yet very simplistic. This sermon explained what the prophets of the Old Testament proclaimed. Then Peter explains the gospel. He tells them that Jesus was persecuted, crucified, and then He rose from the grave. Peter made this message simple in order for the people to understand not only what was occurring but what Jesus had done for each of them.
When we present the gospel to others we have to make it simplistic without simplifying the importance of the gospel. The way Peter presented it made it where people could understand it. When we over complicate things the person we are presenting to will have a higher probability of not understanding what we are saying. We should have a basic understanding of the gospel and know what to say. We should know scripture to support what we are saying just like Peter did. We must also rely on the Holy Spirit for guidance in what to say.
It is so important to never miss an opportunity to share Christ. The other person’s eternity might depend on you presenting the gospel. When the Holy Spirit came upon them and Peter presented the gospel their hearts were pierced. These people knew that they needed something in their lives. They asked what they needed to do. Peter simply replied, repent, be baptized, and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. That day 3,000 people accepted the Lord as their savior.
- Find where the Holy Spirit is working and join Him.
- Present the gospel in a clear, compelling, simple way.
- Eternity in Heaven might be at stake for the person you are to share the gospel with.