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SDA Sabbath School Lesson 2--3rd Quarter 2018--Pentecost
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Pentecost






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Thursday ↥         July 12

The Firstfruits

Peter’s hearers were cut to the heart by his words. Some of them might have been among those who asked for Jesus’ crucifixion a few weeks before (Luke 23:13-25). But now, persuaded that Jesus of Nazareth was indeed God’s appointed Messiah, they cried out in sorrow: “What shall we do?” (Acts 2:37).

Read Acts 2:38. What are the two basic requirements for forgiveness?

Repentance means a radical change of direction in life, a turning away from sin (Acts 3:19, 26:20), rather than simply a feeling of sadness or remorse. Together with faith, true repentance is a gift of God, but like all gifts, it can be rejected (Acts 5:31-33, 26:19-21, Rom. 2:4).

Since the time of John the Baptist, repentance was associated with baptism (Mark 1:4). That is, baptism became an expression of repentance, a rite symbolizing the washing away of sins and the moral regeneration produced by the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38, 22:16; compare with Titus 3:5-7).

Read Acts 2:38, 39. What special promise is given to those who repent and are baptized?

The people at Pentecost were offered not only forgiveness of sins but also the fullness of the Spirit for personal growth, for service in the church, and especially for mission. This was perhaps the greatest of all blessings, for the main reason the church exists is to share the good news of the gospel (1 Pet. 2:9). So, from this point forward, they would have assurance of salvation and the power of the Holy Spirit, which would enable them for the mission to which the church had been called.

Why is the realization that we have “the remission of your sins” so important for anyone who wants to proclaim the gospel? After all, what hope can you offer to others in Jesus if you don’t have it yourself?

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Further Thought: The outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost revealed a crucial truth about what happened in heaven and about how God the Father accepted Christ’s sacrifice for the sins of the world. The outpouring of the Spirit showed, too, that Christ’s work in heaven in our behalf, based on His sacrifice on earth, was now inaugurated. These astonishing events are more manifestations of the wonderful truth that heaven and earth are connected in ways that we just can’t fathom now.

“Christ’s ascension to heaven was the signal that His followers were to receive the promised blessing. . . . When Christ passed within the heavenly gates, He was enthroned amidst the adoration of the angels. As soon as this ceremony was completed, the Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples in rich currents, and Christ was indeed glorified, even with the glory which He had with the Father from all eternity. The Pentecostal outpouring was Heaven’s communication that the Redeemer’s inauguration was accomplished. According to His promise He had sent the Holy Spirit from heaven to His followers as a token that He had, as priest and king, received all authority in heaven and on earth, and was the Anointed One over His people.”—Ellen G. White, The Acts of the Apostles, pp. 38, 39.

Discussion Questions:

    What of Pentecost can the church expect to experience in its life today? What is repeatable, and what is not?

    Dwell more on the fact that Peter made the resurrection of Jesus such an important part of his Pentecost message. What made the resurrection even more astonishing is that whatever Jewish Messianic expectations had existed at the time, no one was expecting a Messiah to be resurrected from the dead. That was not on anyone’s spiritual radar; it was not what those awaiting the coming of the Messiah had anticipated. What lessons can we learn from this about how we need to know what the Bible teaches, as opposed to whatever the latest popular teachings are?

    Acts 2:38 talked about the need of baptism. Does this mean that anyone who believed in Jesus but died before being baptized must, of necessity, be lost? Justify your answer.

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Re: SDA Sabbath School Lesson 2--3rd Quarter 2018--Pentecost
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Read for This Week’s Study: Acts 2:1-4, John 14:16, Acts 2:5-13, Joel 2:28-32, Acts 2:22-39, Ps. 110:1-3.

Memory Text: “This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. 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.” Acts 2:32, 33

Pentecost” is from the word pentekoste, the Greek name for the Jewish Feast of Weeks (Exod. 34:22); it is also known as the Feast of the Firstfruits (Num. 28:26). The term means “fiftieth” and owes its usage to the fact that the feast was celebrated on the fiftieth day from the offering of the barley sheaf on the first day after the Passover. It was a day of joy and thanksgiving, when the people of Israel brought before the Lord “the firstfruits of the wheat harvest” (Exod. 34:22).

The feast then became a fitting symbol for the first spiritual harvest of the Christian church, when the Holy Spirit was poured out more abundantly than ever before, and three thousand people were baptized on a single day (Acts 2:41). Following the ascension of Jesus and His exaltation in heaven, this outpouring of the Spirit was a sudden, supernatural event that transformed the apostles from simple and obscure Galileans into men of conviction and courage who would change the world.

We too can hope that one day the Holy Spirit will come in such power and we also will become men and women of conviction and courage and will change the world. Are you waiting for this change to take place in your life? Are you waiting for some great supernatural pouring out of the Spirit? If you have not been transformed by the power of grace, then you will not receive the Latter Rain. It is only those who have conviction and courage already that will receive more power. When we are converted, we have power to change the world. Why? Because it is the greatest of all miracles to be converted, to be transformed from sinner to saint.

What does it mean to be converted? What does the word say? Converted from what to what? We are new creatures in Christ and we are empowered by the Holy Spirit to do all Christ asks of us. We are partakers of God's divine nature when in a converted state. We must maintain that connection with Christ if we want to continue to reflect His character and be able to resist what ever temptations God allows to come to us. Yes, it is today that we will have conviction and courage if we will abide in Christ. And, it is Christ's desire that we begin changing the world today!


Pentecost is often called the birthday of the church, the time that Christ’s followers, Jews and (later) Gentiles, were legitimized as God’s new community on earth.

Study this week’s lesson to prepare for Sabbath, July 14.

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Sunday          July 8

The Coming of the Spirit


In obedience to Jesus’ command, the believers waited in Jerusalem for the promise of the Spirit, and they waited amid fervent prayer, sincere repentance, and praise. When the day came, they “were all with one accord in one place” (Acts 2:1), probably the same large upper room of Acts 1. Soon, however, they would move to a more public area (Acts 2:6-13).

The King James Version is important. It reveals a necessary component in these verses. "Of one accord." We always change the  version being quoted to the KJV for this reason.

Read Acts 2:1-3.

 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. 


What supernatural elements accompanied the outpouring of the Spirit?

The scene was intense. There was first a sudden noise from heaven like the roaring of a violent windstorm that filled the entire place, and then what looked like flames of fire appeared and rested upon those there.

In Scripture, wind and fire are frequently associated with a “theophany” or a divine manifestation (for example, Exod. 3:2, 19:18, Deut. 4:15). In addition, wind and fire may also be used to represent the Spirit of God (John 3:8, Matt. 3:11). In the case of Pentecost, whatever the precise meaning of such phenomena, they were signs introducing a unique moment in the history of salvation, the promised outpouring of the Spirit.

The Spirit had always been at work. Its influence on God’s people in the Old Testament times was often revealed in a notable way, but never in its fullness. “During the patriarchal age the influence of the Holy Spirit had often been revealed in a marked manner, but never in its fullness. Now, in obedience to the word of the Saviour, the disciples offered their supplications for this gift, and in heaven Christ added His intercession. He claimed the gift of the Spirit, that He might pour it upon His people.”—Ellen G. White, The Acts of the Apostles, p. 37.

John the Baptist foretold the baptism with the Spirit by the coming Messiah (Luke 3:16; compare with Acts 11:16), and Jesus Himself referred to it several times (Luke 24:49, Acts 1:8 ). This outpouring would be His first intercessory act before God (John 14:16, 26; 15:26). At Pentecost, the promise was fulfilled.

Although the baptism with the Spirit at Pentecost was a unique event related to Jesus’ victory on the cross and exaltation in heaven, being filled with the Spirit is an experience to be continuously repeated in the believers’ lives (Acts 4:8, 31; 11:24; 13:9, 52; Eph. 5:18).

Being filled with the Spirit happens to all at conversion. This is what Jesus referred to in John chapter three when He said "The kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit."


What evidence do you have of the Spirit’s working in your life?

The Spirit reveals truth, Bible truth. The Spirit empowers all who are filled with the Spirit to reveal love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance which is self control. Not one of these virtues is missing when we have made a full surrender to Christ and are filled with the Holy Spirit. 

If one is missing, then Jesus is missing. The Holy Spirit brings them all with Him when He takes possession of the heart. Let's look at love. Do you love your enemy? If so, then changes are pretty good that you do so because the Spirit is in you. If you do not love your enemy, then what does that say about your relationship with the Holy Spirit? Does He then forsake us if we do not have Him in the heart? Absolutely not, unless we cannot hear Him calling any longer. He stands at the door, knocking, wanting back in.


"When we live by faith on the Son of God, the fruits of the Spirit will be seen in our lives; not one will be missing." The Desire of Ages, pg 676.
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Monday          July 9

The Gift of Tongues


In Acts 2:4, the gift of the Spirit was manifested through speaking in tongues. Yet, this gift was only one of many different manifestations of the Spirit (Acts 10:45, 46; 19:6). Others include foretelling the future (Acts 11:28), visions (Acts 7:55), inspired speech (Acts 2:8, 28:25), healing (Acts 3:6, 12; 5:12, 16), and qualification for service (Acts 6:3, 5).

The gift of tongues at Pentecost did not occur because it is the typical or the most important evidence of the endowment of the Spirit. It was manifested in order to launch the church’s world mission. That is, the calling given in Acts 1:8 required the gift of tongues. If the apostles were to cross cultural barriers and reach the ends of the earth with the gospel, they would need to be able to speak in the languages of those who needed to hear what they had to say.

Read Acts 2:5-12.

 2:5   And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. 
 2:6   Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. 
 2:7   And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? 
 2:8   And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? 
 2:9   Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, 
 2:10   Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, 
 2:11   Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God. 
 2:12   And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this? 


What is the evidence that at Pentecost the apostles spoke in existing foreign languages?

It is estimated that in the first century there were eight to ten million Jews in the world and that up to 60 percent of them lived outside the land of Judea. Yet, many who were in Jerusalem for the feast were from foreign lands and could not speak Aramaic, the language of Judean Jews at that time.

There is no question that most converts at Pentecost were Jews from various lands who could now hear the gospel in their own native languages. That the apostles spoke in existing foreign languages, rather than in unknown ecstatic languages, is evidenced by the term dialektos (Acts 2:6, 8 ), which means language of a nation or a region (compare with Acts 21:40, 22:2, 26:14). Clearly, then, they were speaking in these different languages. The miracle was that simple Galileans could now speak a language that, even hours before, they did not know. For those local Jews who witnessed the scene but were not acquainted with these languages, the only possible explanation was that the apostles were drunk, uttering strange sounds that made no sense to them. “Others mocking said, these men are full of new wine” (Acts 2:13).

A powerful manifestation of God is happening before their eyes, and yet these people think it is just drunkenness? How can we be careful not to be so spiritually blind ourselves?

Spiritual things are spiritually discerned. Our only hope is to be found abiding in Christ and He in us. The deception are great and they have come into God's church. We are told, "if possible even the very elect shall be deceived." But, they will not because they are looking unto Jesus for their wisdom and grace.
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Tuesday          July 10

Peter’s Sermon


The charge of drunkenness gave Peter the opportunity to explain what was happening. In his speech, the apostle first pointed to Scripture (Acts 2:16-21), describing the outpouring of the Spirit as the fulfillment of prophecy.

Compare Acts 2:17 with Joel 2:28. How did Peter understand the time of fulfillment of Joel’s prophecy?

Joel’s prophecy was about the future age of salvation (Joel 2:32), which would be characterized by several signs in the natural world and a lavish outpouring of the Spirit (Joel 2:28-31). By interpreting the Pentecost event in light of such prophecy, Peter intended to stress the historical relevance of that moment. But there is an important difference in the way he quotes Joel. Instead of Joel’s introductory “afterward” (Joel 2:28), which pointed quite generally to the future, Peter said “in the last days” (Acts 2:17), indicating that the final act in the great drama of salvation had just begun. This is not, of course, a full description of last-day events but an evidence of the high sense of urgency that distinguished the early church. They did not know when the end would come but were convinced it would not take long.

Read Acts 2:22-32.

 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: 
 2:23   Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: 
 2:24   Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it. 
 2:25   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: 
 2:26   Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope: 
 2:27   Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. 
 2:28   Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance. 
 2:29   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. 
 2:30   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; 
 2:31   He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption. 
 2:32   This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. 


What was the main point in Peter’s presentation of the gospel?

After highlighting the prophetic significance of Pentecost, Peter turned to the recent events of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. It is the resurrection, however, that received greater emphasis, as it represented the decisive factor in the gospel story. For Peter, the resurrection was the ultimate vindication of Jesus (Acts 2:22, 27), and he quoted Scripture to help make his point about the meaning of the resurrection.

Because Jesus was the Messiah, He could not be detained by death. So for Peter and for all the writers of the New Testament, the resurrection of Jesus had become powerful evidence, not only of Jesus as the Messiah but for the whole Christian message of salvation.

With death all around us, always threatening us or our loved ones, why is the resurrection of Jesus such an important truth?

Would we believe differently if Jesus has not been resurrected so humans could see Him? Since the Bible tells us we will receive eternal life, do we need evidence of Jesus' resurrection? No. If God says we shall be risen from the grave, then we believe it. More important is the fulfillment of prophecy and the consistency of Scripture from Genesis to Revelation. Yes, it does say Jesus will be raised. So it is a fulfillment of prophecy and that is indeed important. The Bible tells us the future and reveals the plan of salvation and the character of our God. We need not doubt as did Thomas.

Death is not something that God wanted, but it is here. But, for those who love Jesus supremely, what is death? It is a short sleep. The Bible tells us the requirements to be awakened from this sleep and enter heaven. We need to pay close attention to the Words of Jesus in John 3. We must be born again of the Spirit if we do not want to suffer and die eternally. It makes no difference that Christ was resurrected to those who fail to be transformed in character, character that will fit into heaven. It is now that we are to develop that character that we may enter the kingdom where there is no anger, nor sorrow, nor sickness, nor death.

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Wednesday         July 11

The Exaltation of Jesus


“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” (Acts 2:33).

In the third part of the speech, Peter went back to the issue of tongues, which had attracted the people in the first place. Instead of being drunk, which would have been strange at nine o’clock in the morning (Acts 2:15), the believers were speaking in tongues because the Holy Spirit had just been poured out from heaven.

Read Acts 2:33-36.

 2:33   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. 
 2:34   For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, 
 2:35   Until I make thy foes thy footstool. 
 2:36   Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. 


What is the connection between Jesus’ exaltation at the right hand of God and the outpouring of the Spirit?

The right hand of God is a position of authority (Ps. 110:1-3). Peter’s argument, which he based on Scripture, is that it was because Jesus had been elevated to such a position in heaven that He poured out the Spirit upon His followers. The exaltation did not grant Jesus a status He did not have before (John 1:1-3, 17:5). Instead, it represented the Father’s supreme recognition of His prerogative as Lord and Savior (Acts 2:36).

This event actually brings us to one of the most important themes in Scripture: the cosmic conflict between good and evil. The point is that the Spirit could not fully come if Jesus were not exalted (John 7:39), and Jesus would not be exalted if He had not triumphed on the cross (John 17:4, 5). In other words, Jesus’ exaltation was the condition for the coming of the Spirit because it signified God’s approval of Jesus’ accomplishments on the cross, including the defeat of the one who had usurped the rule of this world (John 12:31).

The entrance of sin into the world cast a shadow upon God. Jesus’ death was necessary, not only to redeem human beings but also to vindicate God and expose Satan as a fraud. In Jesus’ ministry, the age of salvation was already at work (Luke 4:18-21). When He cast out demons or forgave sins, He was releasing Satan’s captives. Yet, it was the Cross that would give Him full authority to do that. So, when Christ’s self-sacrifice was authenticated in heaven, Satan had received a decisive blow, and the Spirit was being poured out to prepare a people for the coming of Christ.

The Spirit would not prepare a people then for the coming of Christ. Israel rejected their Savior, so the second coming would take place much later as prophecy tells us. 1844 would then become the day to prepare a people to receive Christ at His second coming. Then why are we still here? Prophecy also tells why we are still here? Where in the Bible do we find the reason why Jesus has not come sooner?
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2Timothy 3:9 tells us why Jesus hasn't come yet. Let's hear how it says "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance."

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Amen,  Brother Julius!  Jesus wants to come, to put and end to suffering and death, but He loves us and does not want any to be lost. There are still so many that can be saved. Many have not heard the gospel message. Why not? Have we not been entrusted with the truth? How long  before we finish the work entrusted to us?
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Thursday         July 12

The Firstfruits

Peter’s hearers were cut to the heart by his words. Some of them might have been among those who asked for Jesus’ crucifixion a few weeks before (Luke 23:13-25). But now, persuaded that Jesus of Nazareth was indeed God’s appointed Messiah, they cried out in sorrow: “What shall we do?” (Acts 2:37).

Read Acts 2:38.

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. 


What are the two basic requirements for forgiveness?

The same as the requirements for salvation. True repentance not to be repented of. We must love Jesus with the whole heart. It is by grace we are saved. When we behold the loveliness of Jesus and what He suffered for us while we were yet sinners, it brings forth a new creature in Christ Jesus. We are healed by beholding His stripes. It would be well to spend a thoughtful hour each day beholding the life of Christ, especially the closing scenes where He willingly suffered because of our sins.


Repentance means a radical change of direction in life, a turning away from sin (Acts 3:19, 26:20), rather than simply a feeling of sadness or remorse. Together with faith, true repentance is a gift of God, but like all gifts, it can be rejected (Acts 5:31-33, 26:19-21, Rom. 2:4).

Since the time of John the Baptist, repentance was associated with baptism (Mark 1:4). That is, baptism became an expression of repentance, a rite symbolizing the washing away of sins and the moral regeneration produced by the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38, 22:16; compare with Titus 3:5-7).

Amen! Baptism did not bring about repentance, it was a sign that the heart had been cleansed from sin, that the Lord Jesus was in possession of it. A radical transformation of character takes place when we make a full heart surrender to Jesus.


Read Acts 2:38, 39.

 2:38   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. 
 2:39   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. 


What special promise is given to those who repent and are baptized?

The people at Pentecost were offered not only forgiveness of sins but also the fullness of the Spirit for personal growth, for service in the church, and especially for mission. This was perhaps the greatest of all blessings, for the main reason the church exists is to share the good news of the gospel (1 Pet. 2:9). So, from this point forward, they would have assurance of salvation and the power of the Holy Spirit, which would enable them for the mission to which the church had been called.

Yes, but it was on conditions. What are the conditions?


Why is the realization that we have “the remission of your sins” so important for anyone who wants to proclaim the gospel? After all, what hope can you offer to others in Jesus if you don’t have it yourself?

Amen!  We can take the message of salvation to the world if we know it, but if we do not live it, then what will be the result? Did not the nations of the world see an example of this in the past? Did not Israel have the truth, but did not live it? Did not the Roman Church have the Bible, but did not live it? And since then, has not the church had  Bible truth, but does not live it? What does the world say about those who preach love and obedience, but do not do as they say? Are we doing the same? Or are we truly repentant because we have seen the "goodness of God that leadeth thee to repentance"?  Do we have "godly sorrow" that worketh repentance unto salvation? If we do not, what can we do that we might be truly repentant? What does the Bible say about how to increase our faith that we might be truly repentant?
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Friday         July 13


Further Thought: The outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost revealed a crucial truth about what happened in heaven and about how God the Father accepted Christ’s sacrifice for the sins of the world. The outpouring of the Spirit showed, too, that Christ’s work in heaven in our behalf, based on His sacrifice on earth, was now inaugurated. These astonishing events are more manifestations of the wonderful truth that heaven and earth are connected in ways that we just can’t fathom now.

“Christ’s ascension to heaven was the signal that His followers were to receive the promised blessing. . . . When Christ passed within the heavenly gates, He was enthroned amidst the adoration of the angels. As soon as this ceremony was completed, the Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples in rich currents, and Christ was indeed glorified, even with the glory which He had with the Father from all eternity. The Pentecostal outpouring was Heaven’s communication that the Redeemer’s inauguration was accomplished. According to His promise He had sent the Holy Spirit from heaven to His followers as a token that He had, as priest and king, received all authority in heaven and on earth, and was the Anointed One over His people.”—Ellen G. White, The Acts of the Apostles, pp. 38, 39.

Amen!!!


Discussion Questions:

    What of Pentecost can the church expect to experience in its life today? What is repeatable, and what is not?

The power of the Holy Spirit will be much greater in our day when the Latter Rain falls in it fullness upon all who already are filled with the Spirit. We can expect a revelation of Christ to be beyond what we now understand. It is the office of the Holy Spirit to reveal truth. The most important truth is a revelation of the character of our God. Those who will live through a time of trouble such as never was will not fall as did the disciples after Pentecost. They will know Christ so well, they would rather die than sin. Jesus will not go through the same process, He already King of Kings. He is today preparing a people to reveal His character as never before. He is preparing a people to stand without a Mediator.

What can we do to help Him so that there will be an end to suffering and death?


    Dwell more on the fact that Peter made the resurrection of Jesus such an important part of his Pentecost message. What made the resurrection even more astonishing is that whatever Jewish Messianic expectations had existed at the time, no one was expecting a Messiah to be resurrected from the dead. That was not on anyone’s spiritual radar; it was not what those awaiting the coming of the Messiah had anticipated. What lessons can we learn from this about how we need to know what the Bible teaches, as opposed to whatever the latest popular teachings are?

Amen! We need to know Jesus personally and we need to be studying for ourselves. Jesus send teachers, but they point all to Him who gave all that we might live, and the Bible.


    Acts 2:38 talked about the need of baptism. Does this mean that anyone who believed in Jesus but died before being baptized must, of necessity, be lost? Justify your answer.

Baptism does not prepare one for heaven. As the lesson pointed out, it is a symbol, a public statement, made by those who have already surrendered their hearts (the whoke heart) to Christ. Did not Jesus tell the thief on the cross he would be in heaven? Was he baptized after he was converted? No, he was not.
Jesus receives His reward when we reflect His character, the fruits of the Spirit......We deny Jesus His reward when we do not.