…others mocking said, “They are filled with new wine.” But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them…and there were added that day about three thousand souls.
As we continue our look at Pentecost, we see the Holy Spirit, not only at work in God’s chosen ones, but, working among those present who heard the preaching of the gospel of God’s redemption. Interestingly, Peter preaches his sermon all about Jesus Christ. Peter’s main point is that the Pentecost events testify to the world that Jesus Christ is ruling and reigning at the right hand of His Heavenly Father. And, the result that day was, “about three thousand souls” were added to the church. Jesus, our King, has poured out the Holy Spirit on the church. These events are all the proof we need that Jesus reigns, even now, as the King of glory. The former days of promise have passed away, fulfilled in Jesus Christ. The new order of the last days has been established in Him. God’s people are living in the era of Christ’s Spirit-wrought repair and restoration. The Old Testament promised that the coming Holy Spirit would bring worldwide repair and restoration. On Pentecost, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit signaled the end of the age and the inauguration of “the last days.” In these last days, the world is being repaired and restored in the same manner in which it fell and was broken. In the fall, Adam first died spiritually on account of his sin and, later, Adam die physically. And because of Adam’s spiritual fall, physical brokenness extended from mankind to the whole created order. But, according to the wonder and glory of God’s redemptive plan, Jesus came into this world and, by His death, repaired our spiritual brokenness, bringing us from death to life and bringing us into the family of God. Christ will, one day, extend His repair and renewal from our spiritual lives to our physical lives in the resurrection of our bodies and eventually to the whole created order. The outpouring of the Holy Spirit signals that the last days have come, days of repair and restoration in Christ. And therefore, in light of the restoration to come, “we do not lose heart,” as Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 4:16–18. Christians, look up! Our redemption draws near any day now!!
Source: S C Ball