Before Pentecost Peter had more zeal than knowledge and he seemed a bit dense regarding spiritual truth (although he had confessed Jesus as the One who has the words of life). He struggled with unbelief and appeared stumped by Jesus' continual statements about fulfilling Scripture. (i.e. "this happened that the word might be fulfilled which is written in their law . . . "). That was before the Spirit came at Pentecost.
After the Spirit's arrival, Peter quotes Scripture in his decision making (choosing Judas' replacement). He quotes Scripture to teach about the resurrection of Jesus Christ. He quotes Scripture to explain the Holy Spirit's activity at Pentecost.
It is after the Spirit comes that Peter becomes a Scripture quoting dude. "It is written..." "This was spoke by the prophet Joel... " "David said about Him..." Spirit-filled believers, like Peter, immerse themselves in the Scripture; they elevate the Scriptures; they obey the Scriptures; and they boldly proclaim the Scriptures.
Questions for today's Chronological Reading:
- Why do the disciples not believe the witness of Mary and the two Emmaus Road travelers?
- In spite of their lack of faith what does Jesus command the disciples to do?
- What is He teaching them about belief/unbelief?
- Why are the disciples commanded to remain in Jerusalem?
- Who all were in the upper room?
- What is Peter beginning to understand about the Scriptures?
- What criteria do the disciples use to make Judas' replacement?
- Describe the Holy Spirit's advent.
- What else is taking place in Jerusalem?
- What does this tell you about God? His work? How He orchestrates events?
- How does Peter explain this amazing event?
- What role do women have in the advent of the Holy Spirit?
- What does the passage about David teach you about Jesus' trust in His Father and the Father's love for the Son?
- How does David differ from Jesus?
- What does Peter understand and explain about the resurrection of Jesus Christ?
- How do the people respond to His preaching?
- How does the resurrection, the advent of the Holy Spirit and the proclamation of the Gospel affect Jerusalem? What does this tell you about the Holy Spirit's role in believers collectively?
Ask the Lord to make you sensitive to the Holy Spirit's indwelling and His love for the Scriptures. Immerse yourself in the Scriptures and proclaim the Word with boldness.