Acts 2:14-21 | Now Is the Day of Salvation

by | Feb 8, 2021

READ Acts 2:14-21

“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Acts 2:21)

We are witness to this magnificent and miraculous once-in-history event of the Apostles and disciples of Jesus being filled with the Holy Spirit in such dramatic fashion that there was a rushing wind, and visible flames of fire above the disciples’ heads, with languages pouring out of their mouths that they did not know, proclaiming the good news of the Gospel! What an amazing spectacle that must have been because it drew a huge crowd. It’s like the opposite of what happened near the Beginning, at Babel, where the people of one language built a tower in an attempt to reach God by their own means. Then God separated and dispersed the people by confusing their language so that no one could understand one another. Here, God does the opposite by using many different languages to bring many different peoples together to hear a single unifying message — “Call on the name of the Lord and you will be saved.” It’s the reverse of what the people of Babel tried to do. They wanted to achieve greatness, godliness, and “salvation” by their own means. Here the message is that only by faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, can you attain the greatness, godliness, and salvation that you seek.

Here, Peter, in the boldness of the Spirit, recalls prophecies of old from the Book of Joel, telling of how the Holy Spirit would be poured out upon the world before the great and glorious day of the Lord. When the Lord moves in undeniably miraculous ways it is a call for people to respond with faith and fear. Faith, because without it, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6) and it is through faith we are saved (Ephesians 2:8). Fear (reverence and awe), because our God is a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:29) and the eventual Judge of all the living and the dead (2 Timothy 4:1). It is a call to repent and believe the Gospel, calling on the name of the Lord (Jesus). And the good news is that He promises to save us when we call upon Him. What a wonderful promise! But to those who do not respond, to those whose hearts are stone-cold and unmoved by God’s great signs, it will be a testimony against them on that great and terrible Day of God’s Judgment. And they will be without excuse.

Whether the miraculous happens or someone simply but feebly shares the Gospel, if you feel the Holy Spirit tugging at your heart, do not ignore Him, for you do so at your own peril. The biblical commentator Charles John Ellicott put it this way: “For each church and nation, for each individual soul, there is a golden present which may never again recur.” The Apostle Paul says it like this: “At an acceptable time I listened to you, and in the day of salvation I helped you. See, now is the acceptable time; now is the day of salvation!” (2 Corinthians 6:2). Amen brother, amen!

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