Acts 2:22-40, First Sermon

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Exposition of Acts: First Sermon on Pentecost

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. JESUS: HIS LIFE & DEATH
A. LIFE OF MESSIAH

1. STATEMENT OF PROOF
Acts 2:22a “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with miracles, wonders and signs that God did through Him in your midst
(also Acts 2:14; Jn 3:2)
2. STATEMENT OF COMMON SENSE
Acts 2:22b as you yourselves know
(also Jn 10:31, 37-39; 11:48-53)

B. DEATH OF MESSIAH
1. STATEMENT OF PLAN
Acts 2:23a this Man, handed over [by Judas] according to the predetermined purpose and fore-ordination of God,
2. STATEMENT OF EVIL
Acts 2:23b you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless [Roman] men.
(also Mt 26:69-75)

II. JESUS: HIS RESURRECTION
A. RESURRECTION OF MESSIAH

1. STATEMENT OF FACT
Acts 2:24 God raised Him up, freeing the birth-pains of death, because it was not possible for Him to be held by it.
(also Jn 11:25)
2. STATEMENT OF PROPHECY
Acts 2:25-28 For David says concerning him, “‘I saw the Lord always before Me, for He is at My right hand that I may not be shaken; therefore, My heart was glad, and My tongue rejoiced; My flesh also will dwell in hope. For You will not abandon My soul to Hades or let your Holy One see decay. You have made known to Me the path of [eternal] life; you will make Me full of gladness with Your presence.’
(also Ps 16:8-11; II Cor 5:21)

B. FULFILLMENT BY MESSIAH
1. STATEMENT OF CONFIDENCE
Acts 2:29-31 “Brothers, I may say to you with confidence about the patriarch David: he is dead, buried, and his tomb is here today. Being therefore a prophet and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne, David foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Messiah, that He was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption.
2. STATEMENT OF WITNESS
Acts 2:32 This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses.

III. JESUS: HIS EXALTATION
A. ACCLAMATION OF MESSIAH

1. STATEMENT OF PRAISE
Acts 2:33 Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing.
(also Phil 2:9-11)
2. STATEMENT OF MAJESTY
Acts 2:34-35 For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says, “‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, until I make Your enemies Your footstool.”‘
(also Ps 110:1)

B. LORDSHIP OF MESSIAH
1. STATEMENT OF SUMMARY
Acts 2:36a Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Messiah
2. STATEMENT OF SHAME
Acts 2:36b this Jesus whom you crucified.”

IV. JESUS: OUR RESPONSE
A. CONVICTION BY MESSIAH

1. STATEMENT OF REPENTANCE
Acts 2:37 Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”
2. STATEMENT OF FAITH
Acts 2:38a And Peter said to them, “Repent, then be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins,
(also Mt 3:2; 4:17)

B. ENCOURAGEMENT OF MESSIAH
1. STATEMENT OF HOPE
Acts 2:38b-39 and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, for the promise is for you, for your children and for succeeding generations – for everyone whom the Lord our God calls to Himself.”
2. STATEMENT OF WARNING
Acts 2:40 And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.”


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