Pleading For Awakening

Acts 2:14-39 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Peter’s Sermon

14 But Peter, [a]taking his stand with the eleven, raised his voice and declared to them: “Men of Judea and all you who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you and give heed to my words. 15 For these men are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only the [b]third hour of the day; 16 but this is what was spoken of through the prophet Joel:

17 And it shall be in the last days,’ God says,
That I will pour forth of My Spirit on all [c]mankind;
And your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
And your young men shall see visions,
And your old men shall dream dreams;
18 Even on My bondslaves, both men and women,
I will in those days pour forth of My Spirit
And they shall prophesy.
19 And I will grant wonders in the sky above
And signs on the earth below,
Blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke.
20 The sun will be turned into darkness
And the moon into blood,
Before the great and glorious day of the Lord shall come.
21 And it shall be that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’

22 “Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man [d]attested to you by God with [e]miracles and wonders and [f]signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know— 23 this Man, delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of [g]godless men and put Him to death. 24 [h]But God raised Him up again, putting an end to the [i]agony of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held [j]in its power. 25 For David says of Him,

‘I saw the Lord always in my presence;
For He is at my right hand, so that I will not be shaken.
26 Therefore my heart was glad and my tongue exulted;
Moreover my flesh also will live in hope;
27 Because You will not abandon my soul to Hades,
Nor [k]allow Your [l]Holy One to [m]undergo decay.
28 You have made known to me the ways of life;
You will make me full of gladness with Your presence.’

29 [n]Brethren, I may confidently say to you regarding the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is [o]with us to this day. 30 And so, because he was a prophet and knew that God had sworn to him with an oath to seatone [p]of his descendants on his throne, 31 he looked ahead and spoke of the resurrection of [q]the Christ, that He was neither abandoned to Hades, nor did His flesh [r]suffer decay. 32 This Jesus God raised up again, to which we are all witnesses.33 Therefore having been exalted [s]to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He has poured forth this which you both see and hear. 34 For it was not David who ascended into [t]heaven, but he himself says:

The Lord said to my Lord,
Sit at My right hand,
35 Until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.”’

36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and [u]Christ—this Jesus whom you crucified.”

The Ingathering

37 Now when they heard this, they were [v]pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “[w]Brethren, [x]what shall we do?” 38 Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself.”

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