March 8th lesson.
Can you Stand the Reign
The scripture reading is the story where God's spirit is poured out and the attendees are amazed to hear their own language being spoken.
In the title Robert pointed out it is spelled REIGN not RAIN
yet God precipitation that fell was his spirit. I felt that was very clever.
Every reign has a King. That King has a territory and living in that territory are residents. Those residents have rules set down by the King for everybody to live by.
Another excellent breakdown of a Kingdom by Robert. He then read the beginning of Acts 2. Pointing out in Luke 24:47-49 that Jesus had told his disciples to stay in Jerusalem for this very event. It was festival event for the Jews so present were Jews from all over the country.
God poured out his spirit to catch their attention. It was a miracle to hear their own language being spoken by those who should not have been able to speak it. Not to mention the tongues of flame hanging over people. The unifying factor here was God. He was using those present to further the kingdom. Eventually they were going back to where ever they had come from and would be telling everybody they could what they had witnessed. Going back to the Kingdom thought, the territory of the Kingdom was being expanded. The great commission was for the disciples to preach the good word to ALL people. Not just a select few but all of them.
Robert told a fun story of his six year old. When he would eat food that was tasty to him he would want those around him to taste it too. The analogy being now that we have been told the great news of the kingdom we should want to share it too. There by expanding the territory of the Kingdom.
In the Acts story the spirit was poured out by God to those present. Today we ask you to Repent, confess Jesus as the Son of God to men and be baptized. There by having the spirit poured into you.
Acts 2 NIV
37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”
38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
All who are far off, distance and time.
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