On the day many refer to as Pentateuch, a few weeks after Jesus’ death and resurrection, we read that Peter spoke these words: “This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.” (Acts 2:32)
Who was he speaking to?
Acts 2:22: Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:
:23: Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:
He plainly spoke the truth: these were the people who had crucified Jesus. But Peter does not stop there:
:24: Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.
Peter says God raised this Jesus up. On this day of Pentateuch, the first day of what we now call the Christian Church (and ancient believers called the church of the Body of Christ) Peter announces this church by preaching that Jesus is risen.
He was speaking to the leaders of the same temple and city wherein Jesus was falsely accused and crucified, to the people who had partaken in Jesus’ death.
:25: For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved:
:26: Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope:
:27: Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
Peter said the King David had hope because he knew the Messiah, who we now know was to be Jesus, would not be allowed to remain in death, thus those who belonged to this Messiah would not be left in hell (in the grave) either.
:28: Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance.
:29: Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day.
But on this day of Peter’s preaching, David was still buried. Jerusalen still marked the spot David was buried. What then?
:30: Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;
:31: He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.
:32: This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.
David knew not how long it would take, only that it would happen. The Messiah would raise from the dead. And Peter, and the about 120 men plus women and children of Peter’s entourage this day had seen Jesus, spoken and ate with him, after his death and resurrection.
:33: Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.
In this sermon, Peter was explaining cloven tongues which had fallen into the courtyard of the ‘house,’ of the Temple were they were praying. It was Pentateuch, so there were the Jews of Jerusalem, but there were pilgrims from Jewish communities worldwide. These pilgrims were of Judaea and Israeli heritage, but would speak the language of their birthplace as a native tongue.
This multitude had seen the tongues like fire, and had heard the miracle of Peter’s group speaking prayers in the languages of all the various nations the pilgrims were from.
:34: For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand,
:35: Until I make thy foes thy footstool.
:36: Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made the same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.
Peter told them this was the sign, what they saw and heard that day, that Jesus was risen, and made Lord and Christ. (Christ=’anointed,’ i.e. he who will be king.)
:37: Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?
When they heard this. This what? That the man they had slain was risen, that God raised him from the dead and made him Lord and Christ, THEN they said “What shall we do?”
:38: Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Then, THEN, after Peter had told them Jesus was risen and Jesus was Lord, THEN Peter told them “repent and be baptized.”
They too were then baptized, cleansed, not in water like John, but in the name of Jesus Christ, in holy spirit like Jesus had told them.
:39: For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
If today we are called by the Lord our God, this remise is to us as well.
Romans 10:8: But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
:9:That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
If YOU confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart God has raised Jesus from the dead, you shall be saved.
Confess is a very special word. Its not enough to just say it and believe it. You have to say something that is actually true, while also accepting it is true. Then when both these things are present, its true and you accept it as true, then the word ‘confess’ is used.
You confess Jesus as Lord, and believe God raised him from the dead, what does this say will happen? You’ll be saved. When we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection on Easter, this is what we celebrate.
:10: For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
:11: For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
:12: For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
:13: For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Remember Peter saying ‘even as many as the Lord our God shall call’?
You confess Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart God raised him from the dead, the promise is to you. The fulness of everything God gave to the Church of the Body is yours.
You are filled with every spiritual blessing, if you know learn what they are then now you can claim them.
Matthew 28:5: And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.
:6: He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
He is not here, he is risen.
And thus we have all the promises made to us in Christ.