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Acts 2:1-11 - Corps Notes - November 6, 1975

Topic: logospedia,lp
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Publication Date: 11-6-1975

On Ephesians 4:25 where I want to begin tonight, or where we will begin tonight , the first part of what the Research Team gave me is the work that Walter Cummins published in our wonderful Way Magazine on "The Spoken Word." Also, as we cover Ephesians 4:28 tonight, I had all the information in front of me from another article that Walter Cummins has in the... has had in the Magazine. The first article on Ephesians 4:25 is entitled "The Spoken Word." The one on Ephesians 4:28 is "Workers for God." Both of these pieces of work by Walter are absolutely superb. And I believe that they should appear and will appear in our research journal GMIR whenever we begin publishing that. {GMIR Aramaic word meaning ' to perfect, accomplish , mature, complete, arithmetically to be divisible without any remainder.}

And I noticed again that some of the things that were stated are just so beautifully and logically presented, I'm truly thankful for, not only Walter, but the whole Research Department. I think our Biblical Research Department is just second to none. And it' s even going to be better by God' s mercy and grace next year and in years to come than it is at this time. And right now I do not believe that our Biblical Research Department needs to take a back seat for any academic institution or work in the world.

And I thought today, I have never... I've never thought of Walter Cummins in any other capacity than to be my assistant. I know Vince Finnegan, you know, on the books is my assistant. And that' s great. But I've never thought of Walter Cummins in any other capacity for so many years as always being my assistant. And I think he' s just the most wonderful person that any president could have as his assistant. And also to be chairmen of the Department of Greek, and then the coordinator of the Biblical research of The Way International. For any one man to have that position and that responsibility is an awesome reality and I'm real proud of Walter and real thankful for him. But I am also thankful for the rest of our wonderful men and women in the Research Department.

I would like for the Corps all over the country to go to the Magazine and find "The Spoken_Word," that's the title of it, dealing with Ephesians 4:25 and other scriptures, and before the next Corps meeting next week, you endeavor to master that great piece of work by Walter Cummins. It's just, you know, the spoken Word. Over fifty Greek words are used in the New Testament in connection with the faculties of utterance. Over fifty. And then he takes the most important ones and he lists them and it' s just. .. it' s just a piece of research work that you should really as a Corps master in your heart and in your life.

Ephesians 4:25 in the King James reads, Wherefore put away lyin g, speak every man truth with his neighbor: for we are members one of another.

The ' putting away' was interesting to me again because of the Greek word aniko, a-n-i-k-o.

And this word is ' the putting away,' this word ' put away,' aniko, is the same root word as in 4:22, where we use the word ' rest,' meaning ' to rest.' Is that right? Yep, that is right. I taught you that,

didn't I? Did I or didn't I? Doesn't look right to me. It is the same root. What chapter am I missing? Am I missing anything? I don't know. Right now I'm screwed up, ha ha. First time today. You check the word again and I'll do that, too and see what I'm missing here.

But a-n-i-k-o is the word for ' putting away from you. ' To put away. And it' s the same root as the word ' rest.' I don't know where the word appears, but it's got to be in there.

Now, that word ' speak,' every man speak. That word ' speak ' is from the Greek word

laleo, l-a-l-e-long-o. And that' s where Walter' s article on "The Spoken Word"_c omes in because that is.. .he uses that word laleo in here, which I teach in Corinthians when I teach the Foundational Class. And he says the word is employed 24 times in I Corinthians chapter 14. I had forgotten that.

This word is truly significant. I couldn' t quite understand it Research Department, what  you said on page 26B 16, where you defined it ' to make vocal utterance,' ' to babble,' 'to talk,'  'to  exercise the faculty of speech without reference to the words spoken.' I just wondered if there might not be another word that could be substituted or utilized at this point. I know that Zachariah 8:16 is the quotation that is used here, or spoken of. And that Zachariah 8:16 adds force to what is said by using a quote, a quotation. That' s why my question to the Research Department is, How can it be without reference to what is spoken if it is truth plus the quotation of the Word of God that's given. It doesn't quite fit for me.

'With his neighbor' has to be a believing neighbor. This 'speak truth with his neighbor' is a figure of speech gnome, g-n-o-m-e, which simply is a citation. And that' s a citation from Zachariah 8:16.

There are a series of figures of speech, Corps, in chapter four which just put the 00mph, the highlight, to the particular things that are set whereby you put off the old man. This phrase here 'speak every man truth with his neighbor'  is one of them. The other one appears in verse 26, 'be  angry and sin not.' ' Steal no more' is another one. 'Corrupt communication' is the fourth one.  'Grieve not the  holy spirit' is the fifth one. ' All bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, evil speaking' is  the sixth. And  then  ' be kind' and so forth, is the seventh.

You see, the last phrase in that verse, in King James, For we' re members one of what? [Another] And it' s relative to the neighbor. Now you just look at that. Wherefore put away  lying, speak  every  man truth with his what? [Neighbor] For we are members  one of  another.  That  doesn't  mean just  a neighbor who lives next door, but it has to be a believing neighbor because  we are members  one of what? [Another]. You could not be a member ' one of another' ifhe  was an  unbeliever.  That's how I know this is going to  work. This tells me that the neighbor  is  a  believer.  And  this  ' we' re members one of another' continues the imagery of the Body of Christ.

The literal  according  to  usage of this verse is as follows:   Wherefore  put away the  lie... and I believe in my heart, before I go on with the literal that until man is born again, it's all a lie anyways. And that' s why I believe that this translation will fit in the light of that knowledge. Because when  a man is not born again, his whole  life is just a  lie. Now you're  born again,  and that ' s  why  I think the text states it ' wherefore put away the lie,' the life you' ve been living , the screwed up life you have lived outside of God. It' s been just a life of a lie. It' s not truth. It' s just the opposite of truth and that's my reason for translating it this way... Wherefore put away the lie.

You've got to go with that translation. You have no other text to go by both from Aramaic and Greek it's 'lie.' Not 'lying.' If the Research Department has anything to share in the light of that, I'd be blessed to hear, but you' ve heard my reasons for translating it, Research Department, this way.

Now since they're born again, their whole life is changed, so the life of lying, and living a lie, and being a lie, and being false, is to be put away.

And every man... this is the translation ... and everyone, everyone. The word ' man' you could use because it's an inclusive noun, but I prefer to use the word ' one.'

Wherefore put away the lie and everyone speak the truth with his neighbor for we are members one of another. That is literal according to usage.

Now for the expanded according to understanding. It's not bad. Because of this... What we coughing for? Everybody sick?...Because of this... and the reason I went in the expanded along this line is because verse 24 last week told us that we are created by God in righteousness and in true purity, through holiness. Twenty four.

That's why 25, Wherefore ... 'wherefore' can be translated 'because of this.' Because of this what? Being created in righteousness and truly pure. See it's an inside job.

Because of this being created in righteousness and truly pure by the grace and the love of

God.. .Because of this being created in righteousness and truly pure, you put away, completely lay to rest the lie that you have been and were living and each one of you speak the truth using a quotation from the Word with his believing neighbor for we are members one of another in the Body of the Church.

Robinson {Edward} said, he translated, 'speak every man truth with his neighbor' and he said it's from Zachariah 8:16 which adds force to what is said by using a quote. That's why I translated that. I think that' s great. It adds force to what is said. If you're speaking to someone, it adds force to what you say by using a quote, a quotation from God's Word. In other words, ' you share the Word with them.' That' s why I went with that translation. I want to give it to you again in this sense.

Speak the truth using a quotation from the Word, which means 'share the Word.' Quote the Word to them. Tell them what the Word says, with his believing neighbor. Why? For we are members one of another in the Body of the Church. This verse is just mind blowing.

Here, you have a born-again believer neighbor who needs to grow up a little more. So what do you do? Each one speak the truth to that neighbor, that believer, using the Word, quoting the Word because we' re members one of another in the Body of the Church. It's a real positive thing to do.

Verse 26 in King James reads, Be angry.. .ha ha... we like that one, don't we. Be ye angry and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath.

Here is a verse of Scripture that' s very, very difficult for most people. And it' s not too easy for us either. But I think we are able to share the truth of the greatness of this and it's been burning in my heart for a long time to do this with our people.

Everybody has problems with ' how can you be angry and not sin?' You know, how can raise hell with something and not be sinful in doing it? Teed off and not be sinful. And how can you go... and what does it mean 'don't let the sun go down upon your wrath?' See.

In the context, here, verses 26 and 27 deal with your believing neighbor, specifically. Then the Greek word for ' anger' which is from the root orge, o-r-g-long-e means 'anger together with the desire of revenge .' That' s bad. That' s a heavy. The Hebrew word means ' to kill, and all the tumults of passion that terminate in killing.' So it's a real heavy word when it said ' be angry.'

And the way I believe it's used in God' s Word, ' be ye angry' means ' it's a long time anger with your believing neighbor until a change has ensued.' The desire to... of revenge is a change. And I, knowing the Word in the light of the new birth, it's where a change finally comes about. Until that time, you just, long-term, you just stay put witnessing the Word, sharing the Word. You do not dislike the believing neighbor; you simply dislike that he is not fully accepting the Word and walking on it. So it' s a long-term anger until a change has ensued. You just stay faithful.

I don't know what else to do with those words. It is a righteous anger. Yet it is a righteous anger without sin.

Among the scholars, there is a disagreement on these words. Well, I don't know about my being a scholar; that I don' t anything about being about. But it's simple to me because righteous anger is commanded by God's Word when it says ' be ye angry.' Well, the scholars can fight about it. I don' t care. It' s a command. Not just permitted to get teed once in a while when somebody' s off of God' s Word, a believer is off of God's Word. You' re always teed off righteously at any believer, born-again believer, who is off of God' s Word. And for those of us in the Way Ministry, it' s been a lifetime.

Get into it with them on... Oh what subject do you want to talk about? Baptism? Food? One God? See. All that stuff.

The Aramaic is accurate in the words ' and sin not.' It literally translates ' and you will not sin.' Again, this ' be angry and sin not' is that figure gnome. Quotation. A citation from the Old Testament. It' s from Psalm 4:4. But in King James, Psalm 4:4, it's translated 'stand in awe.' The real sense of the Hebrew is ' one of admonition;' sin not. Where we' re admonished to not sin. Sin not.

' Let not the sun go down on your wrath. ' Ha ha. That again is beautiful. People went to bed when the sun went down, when it got dark. That's when they went to bed. So what that simply is saying, ha ha, ' don't go to bed teed off.' Don' t let the sun go down on your wrath. In other words, go to bed; don' t go to bed mad. ' When you go to bed' is what it means. Let not the sun go down when you go to bed. And they went to bed when the sun went down. When it got dark, they went to bed, see.

' Upon your wrath.' And the word ' wrath' here is basically ' irritation.' Ha ha. Previously when I taught Ephesians, I made mention of this fact, ' don' t let righteous anger shake you, wondering if it was right on. When you go to bed, go to sleep.'

Now, this is what we have done with it in the literal, ha ha, according to usage. I got more papers up here than Carter has liver pills, or something. Then, I can' t find my... whatever it is I take off of it.

Okay, verse 26. You be righteously angry.. .this is literal according to usage.. .and you will not be sinning. Don't go to bed even with a momentary irritation, ha ha.

I don't think you get nearly as much fun out of this as I do. It's neat. It's absolutely scrumptious, see. At the opening, is that heavy word, remember? Anger. So it's a real heavy time. So what he is saying, in the heavy time, when your standing on God' s Word  and sharing that with the  believing  neighbor, you' re righteously angry... you're not sinning. And  you don't  even go to  bed with a momentary irritation. In other Words, when you go to bed, thank God the day is over. Say your last prayer and start snoring.

Boy, that would save a lot of sleeping pills, wouldn' t it? Practicing that principle. Boy, oh boy, what a tremendous Word. And hardly anybody understands verse 26. They argue about it, but they don' t get the understanding.

Now this is the expanded one according to understanding, I hope. And again, I would like to just lay some things before the Corps, and especially before the Research Department. I translated the first part of verse 26, You always stay angry with an all-out desire to have them to change which anger will not be sin on your part.

Then I have another translation of that first part of it: You be righteously angry, 'teed off' with sin... 'Teed off' I put in quotes. But don't  you sin  by acting  ' holier than thou'  vaunting  yourself  by acting so righteously like you never sin.

I do not know which one of those two the Research Department feels would be the better. The last part of the phrase that I translated which would go with both of these that I have given you here on the expanded one for understanding. This, the last part, goes with that first one and with the second ... also.. .even if it is only a momentary irritation.  When you go to  bed, go to sleep. That's what I did with it.

Now, verse 27. King James says, Neither (or neither) give place to the Devil. The word 'place' is simply a portion, a part. No believer will give full place to the Devil, but he may be giving a part, a portion. He' ll mark off a spot, ' this is Devil' s permission over here, over here, no permission, you know. And you really give the Devil a portion or a spot if you stew about it after you go to bed and you toss and you tum and can' t sleep.

This word 'the Devil,' ' the Devil' in the Aramaic is a very interesting and exciting Word to me and it blesses my heart. It' s a compound word where the first part means ' to eat' or ' to devour.' The latter

' to slander' or ' to accuse. '  So when I got to translating  this, literally according  to usage, verse 27 reads: Do not give any portion or space or an opportunity to the Devil. So I used those three words synonymously: portion, space, opportunity. Do not give any portion or space or an opportunity to the Devil.

The expanded according to understanding: And you will not give a toehold, an opportunity or an occasion for the Devil to eat you. Ha ha. I get more fun than you ever will out of working this stuff, huh.

You see, and to me, that communicates to my understanding. John 10:10. The thief cometh not but for to what? [Steal, kill, and destroy] Right. To eat you out. To beat you. And that's why that Aramaic word, on the word ' Devil' really thrilled me.

And that ' s why I put it into the expanded translation: And you will not give a ' toehold.' Now, at L.E.A.D., you know how important it is to get a what? [Toehold] Ha ha. And when you' re really climbing in, you' re blessed for a toehold. How thankful you are when you get a foothold. Now the adversary can never get a foothold in a believer' s life until he first has a toehold. That's why I translated it that way.

Do not give... and you will not give a toehold ... shave all the rocks off... an opportunity or an occasion for the Devil to eat you. And that' s exactly what he likes to do to believers.

Now we go to verse 28. King James says, Let him that stole steal not more: but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. And here again, is another great work that I believe should be in our research journal GMIR, Walter' s work on " Workers for God."

It' s just tremendous where he... you know... he just goes into God' s men are called many things in the Word. They' re called: fellow workers, ministers, or servants, slaves, fellow slaves, partners, messengers, soldiers, fellow soldiers, athletes, fellow athletes, stewards, ambassadors, witnesses, all of those. And he covers them so beautifully. And I love very much how he covered the word ' slave,' because it' s a much stronger word than to be a minister, or to be a servant. It is to be one who is branded, marked out, sold out. And baby, from that day on, there are no ifs, and' s, or but' s. You never budge on it. You are branded. Most believers are never branded. They may be servants, they may be ministers, but they are not branded. When you' re branded, you stay faithful. You do not budge. You do not change. You stay put. If all hell breaks loose, you still live the believing Word.

I think the prophet once said, If I was in the midst of hell, God I know you' d be there. (Psalm 139:8) He' d be there. That' s the doulos. That, of course, is just a tremendous piece of work.

And the other great part that I think... and this is a second piece that I want the Corps to master before next Wednesday night, " Workers for God," the work on ' witness.' You see, it's the same word basically that's translated ' martyr,' see. And we got a lot of those canonized. That's not at all what a witness is. A witness is a living example, not a dead one. The word 'martyr' simply means that you lay down your life in witnessing. And boy, when you put the doulos together with ' witness,' then you' ve got power for abundant living. It's just a fantastic work by Walter and I' m real grateful that it was published. Because once it' s in print, people can take a look at it if they want to.

I'd like a cup of coffee, please.

Now, we are in verse 28. The Aramaic translation is ' and he who was stealing.' I understand it from the English, ' let him that stole,' past tense. The Aramaic is real simple, real strong. ' And he, the one who is born again, who was, past tense, stealing.'

Thank you.

His whole life was one of those before he was born again.

Whenever you bring a cup of coffee to a right-hand man, you put the handle to the right. When you serve a cup of coffee to a left-hand man, you put it on the left-hand side and put the handle to the left. Corps principle number seven or something, ha ha. Mrs. Wierwille would say, Well, be thankful you even get a cup of coffee. [Laughter] Ah, you're wonderful.

See, ' let him who stole, steal no more.' 'Stole and steal,' that' s a figure of speech and is polyptoton p-o-l-y-p-t-o-t-o-n. It' s a repetition of the same root word in different parts of speech or reflections. But, that's not earth shaking right now in my heart.

You see, in some Eastern culture, it was not considered a sin or a shame to steal because that's the way they lived, the only way they lived. Somebody told me... or not only told me, one of our people, but it was in a national magazine, that the basic culture of Russia today is to steal. And in some respects I can understand this. If you don't have anything and you're starving to death and there' s a loaf of bread you can get a hold of... steal the dam thing. I understand that.

So this verse is really sharp, really sharp. Let him who stole, even though that man previously considered it the way to live and there was no shame in it, no sin in it. He said, Well, let that fellow who stole, steal no more. Something has happened on the inside of that man. Something that happened, where He is able to meet all of our need according to His riches in glory. Christ in you, the hope of glory. More than conquerors.

A record in the Old Testament, I forget where it is, but it's in there, that it' s never, you never need to borrow or steal bread or... what is that in the Old Testament? Begging bread. One person stand and tell me. {Psalm 37:25, I have been young and now am old; yet have I seen the righteous forsaken, nor His seed begging bread.} Psalm 27:25 who? {Psalm 37:25} 37:25. All the years, he's never seen the righteous to have to do what? {Beg bread} Beg bread.

First of all, I wish the Christian world could hear this. Secondly, I wish our government in the United States could understand it. The Word says, If you don't work, you don' t eat. A lot of that stuff. Well, what we've been doing is stealing from the people who are willing to work to give to the people who don' t want to work. That's a bunch of crap. That's stealing. That's why this verse is so hot in my soul tonight. Let him who stole, quit stealing, dang it. See.

Many years ago I was really knocked for a loop along some of this line in India, from Dr. Williams. I think he loved India maybe like I love the United States, I don' t know. Because only a man knows how much he loves his own country, I guess.

But... as we were traveling together, he said to me, Dr. Wierwille, I hear you have whores in the United States.

You know, I never had given it a thought. I just took it for granted. [Laughter] And I said, yeah. He said, Why does a rich country like the United States have whores?

And I said, I don't know.

And he said, I can't understand it. Cannot your women make enough money to live? Yeah, but they figure that' s cheaper and more pleasurable or something, I don' t know. And he said, Well, I think it's sinful that the United States has whores.

And I said, What do you mean?

And he said to me, why, I can understand India. He said we don' t enough food, we don' t have enough of anything hardly for a lot of people. And we have whores because that' s the only way they can continue to live physically.

And I thought to myself, well boy, that' s slapping me in the face good. And I took it as a wonderful lesson. There is no excuse in the United States for any women being a whore because she doesn' t need to get screwed and paid for it in order to get money so she can live. There's plenty of work available and if there isn' t she ought to get born again, then there' s a guarantee of work. ..other work, available. I tell you, when you' re honest, some of these men in other countries have some real logic behind their thinking. How would you have liked to have handled that? I just simply admitted, Well, I think we' re wrong in the United States. But I said, I think you' re wrong in India, too, because no reason to have whores here if you get them born again.

So I don' t know. But this verse today as I worked the final working on this verse 28 is when my heart really went back and burned with that truth that Dr. Williams had stated. Because in many Eastern cultures, it was not considered as sin or as shame to steal, if it was a matter of livelihood. You sometimes wonder who will live in the greatest condemnation before God and justice and judgment when the time comes.

For in most of what are called poor countries even, there is sufficient money, food, and other things for the people to live if those in positions of authority were not so selfish and egotistical, and want it for themselves , and let the rest of the world die... or a country die.

The word ' labor' in verse 28 is the word which literally means ' hard work resulting in fatigue.' That's how I felt coming from the woods last night. And I didn' t do anything. It was just hard work being there with the rest of you. Today I got so tired of being with some, I came home. Ah, you' re wonderful.

' Working with his hands' is an Eastern cultural type of thing. Today in our culture, you could have it, you know, the truth is working with your mind or working with your hand, whatever you' re working at. But in Eastern culture, every son was to be trained to work with his hands, even if he was the son of a king. Had to learn a trade, a profession of business.

Jesus Christ was a saddle maker. He made them to ride, I guess, what do you want? Tennessee Walkers , or? See. I think not only did he do that, Paul did it, too, you know. Someday I'm going to find a...or Walter, or some of those, are going to find me a manuscript to prove it. .. and a wonderful carpenter by trade. Many times doing carpentry work and being a saddle maker were sort of in the same household, because building carpentry and having saddles to use for their business and carrying on, were very, very closely aligned. Well, I won' t argue the point, but I wish we' d keep looking.

II Thessalonians.. .Do your hands ever get so dry you can hardly hold anything? Golly, mine are so dry tonight, I wonder why? II Thessalonians, chapter 3:10... this we commanded you that if any would not work, neither should he what? [Eat] Right. Even unemployment is no excuse for stealing. He just doesn' t eat. Goes and gets work. Boy, when I first saw the greatness of these principles many years ago, and then of course, I uniquely by God' s grace, inculcated that into our W.O.W. program and very dynamically in the Corps leadership.

Acts 2:1-11
November 6, 1975
Outside of the Word of God there are no words in any man or woman’s vocabulary to describe the
ineffable greatness of Acts chapter 2. I perhaps have taught this as much as any man living today
and yet every time I teach it I’m tremendously humbled. From a human point of view, feeling totally
unworthy and yet from a spiritual point of view just exuberantly grateful for the privilege of opening
my heart and life and the Word to you in the capacity that God has given us the understanding of this
great record. There is no greater privilege in the world than to share the Word of God with
somebody. How tremendously The Father’s heart must be blessed whenever any of our people share
God’s Word rightly divided.
The record of Acts chapter 2 is the record of the greatest thing God ever did up until this time. It is
the giving of the new birth; Christ in you the hope of glory. It is making available to people, for the
first time, something that God wanted to give ever since Genesis chapter 3.
Acts 2:1
“And when the day of Pentecost was fully come” – indicates it was in the process of coming ever
since the fall of man. God has always done His best but the difference between the true God and the
adversary has been through the years that in order for the true God to bring to pass what the
innermost desire is on His part, people have to believe. The adversary is simple a possession. If you
never knew more than that, you would know more than most of the people living in the world today.
In order to receive things from the true God people must get to the point that they believe. Mary gave
those words that every time I think about them it sends spiritual chills through my whole body, when
she said, “Be it unto me according to Thy Word.” What a day of rejoicing in heaven that must have
been among the angels when they heard that one. She knew that if the people got a chance at her that
they’d execute her. She knew that she’d be totally disgraced and defamed and everything else and yet
she made that one statement, “Be it unto me according to Thy Word.” There are no words in any
man’s vocabulary to describe that great woman of God. In Hebrews 12:4 it says,”Ye have not yet
resisted unto blood, striving against sin.” That’s a great one but in relationship to what Mary said it’s
sort of ten percent; knowing that if you really took a stand, you’d have no friends left. They’d spit at
you. Your dad and mom would disinherit you. They’d call you a heretic, a fanatic, if they could get a
hold of you, they’d put you behind bars. Mary went through that and yet God knew that she wouldn’t
budge. What a woman. That’s what brought this day to pass that starts in Acts chapter 2. “When the
day of Pentecost was fully come.” It had been in the process of coming ever since the fall of man.
Through the Old Testament, time and time and time again, you can see some of the greatness
manifested but it never “fully came” till this day.
The best that God could do for His people, up until this time, was to adopt them. He adopted Israel as
His son. On this particular day the adoption is over with and we have birth. That birth has to remain
what it is. In the first birth you are who you are because of the first birth. You cannot change it. You
will always, as long as you live, be that individual. When they were born again, that is a birth and
they always remained that. This alone ringing in the hearts of people across our nation, rightly
divided, would electrify believers today. It’d take a lot of people out of their condemnation and their
“they” – the 12 apostles
“with one accord” – unity of purpose They were there doing the same thing, like we are here doing
the same thing. We’re not all equally intelligent but we are in one accord. That’s what it means. It
does not mean that they stayed there and they prayed until they prayed through, or prayed in, The
Holy Ghost. They were simply at one place, at one time, in one accord. The one accord was the unity
of purpose.
“in one place” - the place was the temple. The hour was the first hour of prayer, corresponding to our
6 a.m.
Acts 2:2
“rushing mighty wind” – heavy breathing
“it” – the sound of this
“filled” – pleroo – filled to capacity
“a sound from heaven” – Heaven is any place above earth You got your head in it. This being in
here, this sound from heaven or sound from above, reminds me of Ephesians 1:20-21, where He said
about Jesus Christ that he set him far above all principalities and powers and then in Ephesians 2:6
He said He did the same for us because we are in Christ. It would be interesting to understand some
things from the Word that I don’t regarding Noah. It says in Genesis 7:20 that the mountains were
covered with fifteen cubits of water over the whole trip. Why fifteen cubits? I don’t know.
Everything in the Word of God has a significance and a reason. I’m just not smart enough to know
yet. Is that where the “far above all principalities and powers” begin? “There came a sound from
heaven as of a heavy breathing.”
I don’t know if we’ll ever find a text, but in accuracy verse 3 occurred before verse 2. “And there
appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And suddenly there
came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind.”
“from heaven” – as if it were from heaven. By what the 12 apostles did; a heavy breathing. Why did
they go into this heavy breathing? Because there appeared unto them cloven tongues.
Acts 2:3
“cloven tongues” - I don’t know what cloven tongues are. If it was split like a flame like we see in
the pictures, I do not know but I know that Jesus Christ had instructed his apostles before he left that
when this phenomenon would occur, that would be the time. This was their clue; the thing that
triggered it for them.
“like as of fire” – it wasn’t fire but it was like as of fire.
“it sat” – whenever the Bible uses the word sat it means something is completely complete; finished.
On the day after God had finished His work of creation in Genesis 2:2, it says, “and God rested the
seventh day.” The word “rested” in the text is the word “sat.” God did not sit because He was tired.
The word “sat” is used because He had finished what He had endeavored to do. Here on this great
occasion “it sat.” There is no other “sitting” in the Word until the gathering together, when we shall
be seated at His own right hand.
We’re already seated there spiritually but with the gathering together it becomes a concrete reality for
all believers. And so shall we ever be with the Lord. All the fullness of God through Jesus Christ was
made available that day and everything is completely complete.
Acts 2:2
“the house” – the temple. God had endeavored to do His best for His people through all the centuries.
He had chosen Israel and adopted them. Now He is doing the best He can again for His people. It’s
the day of Pentecost. He did it in the temple, where He had told them that He would meet them
between the cherubims and speak to them. Once more He meets them in that temple but this time, not
between the cherubims because the veil in the temple was rent in twain from top to bottom.
“where they were sitting” – they were descent and in order. When I learned this it was a relief to me.
I just couldn’t picture myself laying in the aisle and rolling; standing on my head or throwing a song
book or standing up and making loud noises like an ox or an ass. I didn’t come out of a family that
does stupid stuff like this and yet I had almost came to the point in my quest where I’d have been
willing to try it. I was so ashamed of being ashamed and yet I was so hungry for the power of God
that I had gotten to the place where I almost said, “Well, I’ll do anything.” I never quite got there but
I almost got there. What a day when I learned that God never expects any of His children to be
laughed at; to be belittled; to be made fun of; to do stupid things that the world could point at which
would be worse than what the world did. How I thank God for the simplicity of His Word and the
beauty and the tenderness of receiving that which God has made available.
Acts 2: 4
“filled” – in verse 2 the word filled is pleroo. Here it is pletho. Pletho is the overflowing. You can
not pletho until you first pleroo.
“began to speak” – they were not possessed. They began to speak. How much different than the
teaching, “just give your tongue over to the Spirit,” “let the Spirit have His way with you,” “let Him
control you,” – not in the Word.
“as the spirit gave them utterance” – they spoke as the spirit gave them utterance. What they spoke
was God’s business, but that they spoke was their business. You have to be born again before you
can speak in tongues therefore if anybody is doing something that sounds like speaking in tongues,
who is not born again of God’s spirit; it’s got to be possession.
“the Spirit” – the pneuma – God. God gave them the utterance, not to their minds but to that spirit
which had just been created within them. God is Spirit and can only speak to spirit, but that spirit in
you is all through you. You can’t see the Christ within, but you can see the lambano-ing. The one
and only manifestation that indicates to anybody that you’re born again of God’s spirit is that you
speak in tongues. Today we have groups investigating people who speak in tongues. What’s the
matter with us? If there’s going to be any investigation, they ought to investigate people who don’t
speak in tongues. I Corinthians 14:5 says, “I would ye all spake with tongues…”, but there’s no
Biblical authority left; nobody believes the Bible; it’s just another book not quite as good as
Shakespeare. I don’t care what you think about the Word – it’s His Word. Line up with what God
thinks about you. Don’t expect God to line up with you.
Get lined up with God and His Word. Someone will say, “Isn’t salvation enough?” Is it? Not if the
Word is right. Salvation is wonderful but it’s not enough. On the day of Pentecost, they were not only
born again they lambano-ed; they manifested; they spoke in tongues. Every major denomination says
the church began on the day of Pentecost, then why don’t we do what the church did? If it went out
when the apostles died then so did the church, then what do we belong to? All we have to do is read
them the Word and say, “Thus saith the Lord.”
Acts 13:51-52
“shook off the dust of their feet” – means they had no animosity.
“filled” – pleroo – filled to capacity. They were filled with joy; just happy on the inside. In my
terminology they just sat around and held hands.
How wonderful to learn the difference between the Giver and the gift. The gift is “the promise of the
Father”, in Acts 1:4. It is to be baptized in pneuma hagion – Acts 1:5. The word baptized is use
because it’s a one time deal. Luke 24:49 says this was to “be endued with power from on high.” The
word “endued” means “clothed.” Before this we were naked; no clothes on; dead in trespasses and
sins; without God and without hope; men and women of just body and soul. That makes you
spiritually naked. Now we’re endued, clothed. When you’re clothed, you’re not half naked or two
thirds naked. If you’re clothed, you’re clothed. If it was anything less than eternal life it wouldn’t
have said “endued with.”
The phenomenon of Pentecost was the “cloven tongues” because it’s not guaranteed in the Word that
every time you’re born again you’re going to have cloven tongues like as of fire on you. The miracle
is in what they spoke because on that particular occasion, what Peter spoke Peter did not understand
and yet his hearers understood it perfectly.
Acts 2:5
“at” – in
“Jews” – Judeans by religion. The word “Jew” was not in existence then. The bloodline of the
Judeans came out of one of the children of Israel only. This one child of Israel had more than one son
and it came out of one of those sons that that child had. The children of Reuben were not Judeans.
The children of Issachar were not Judeans. The children of Benjamin were not Judeans. These
Judeans in verse 5 were not all out of that bloodline but they were Judeans by religion.
“devout” – religious or pious men. The reason they were dwelling in Jerusalem is because it was the
day of Pentecost. Why did God choose Pentecost as the time of the giving of the greatest thing God
ever gave? Because Pentecost represents the new grain, new fruit. It reminds me of where the Epistle
says you were the firstfruits in Achaia. Pentecost was the first ripe grain of barley; was the time for
the feast. Here is the first time anybody is born again and He did at the gathering of the firstfruits of
barley. There are three feasts where the religious or pious or devout men of Judean religion were to
present themselves in Jerusalem at the temple. This does not mean that every Jewish man, so to
speak, was there but if he was a real sincere honest believer, he would be at Jerusalem at this time.
These men made three feasts in Jerusalem yearly and they did not have jets or bicycles or
automobiles. Those Judeans by religion must have put forth a lot of effort to get there three times a
year. That’s why the best of those committed people were there.
“men” – heads of families or households. It is also translated “husband.” These were the devout,
pious or religious men who were heads of families.
Acts 2:6
“when this was noised abroad” – the text literally reads, “when this voice having come.” I can
understand the translation, “when this was noised abroad.”
“the multitude came together” – the multitude was not there to begin with. The reason the multitude
came later was because the “voice” was “noised abroad.” Peter and the other 11 were speaking in
languages that were not known to themselves and the ones who heard them ran out and they said,
“Come and listen to this. These fellows are doing things that you just can’t do. They’re doing it.”
Estrangelo Aramaic was the “lingua franca” of the whole Middle East. Everyone spoke and
communicated or could read Estrangelo Aramaic. There were tremendous variations in the various
languages or dialects that were in other areas. (You could not put a multitude in an upper room.)
“confounded” – perplexed. They were ‘shook’.
“every man heard them speak” – literally – they heard them speaking, each one.
“speak” – laleo – in I Corinthians 14:34 this word is used regarding women who had the running
off of the mouth. They should have been quiet in the church it says. It means a running off of the
mouth. They were confounded because that every man heard them running off of the mouth in his
own language. The running off of the mouth is the pletho, the lambano-ing, the manifestation of the
Christ in them the hope of glory. As the Spirit gave them utterance, not something they sat and
thought through. They just effervesced it. That’s the word laleo. It means speaking without reference
to that which is spoken.
“heard them speak in his own language” – that’s the miracle of Pentecost.
“language” – dialektos – transliterated into our English word “dialectic”, or “dialect.” The believers,
who do not believe in speaking in tongues, never use the word “language.” They use the word
“dialect” whereby they claim that it was just different shades of expression but they really understood
Acts 2:7-11
Verses 8-11 are a parenthesis. Verse 7 could maybe be in the parenthesis but I left it out because of
the “Galilaeans.” You could read from verse 6 to verse 12 but the reason I do not spiritually believe
that verse 7 can be in a parenthesis is because there is a further explanation of truth before an
expounding comes. “Behold are not all these which speak Galilaeans?” – And they were all amazed,
verse 12. Verse 7 says, “they were all amazed.” Verse 12 says, “they were all amazed.”
“amazed” – means flabbergasted. One translation translates it “dumbfounded.” They were amazed at
what they were hearing because all these were Galileans.
Acts 2:11
“the wonderful works of God” – speaking in tongues is speaking the wonderful works of God.
Doesn’t it seem that all Christians should want to please God by speaking the wonderful works of
God? It’s just logical.
We will get to who the Parthians were and the Medes and why are they here in the book of Acts?
You will find out that none of the Indians from America were there. Noah’s sons were Ham, Shem
and Japheth. You will find in that category, direct descendents of Noah in the listing in Acts chapter
2. It sort of ties a lot of things together when the day of Pentecost was fully come. It was in the
process of coming ever since the beginning of time. I can back it up at least as far as Noah just from
the record of the Word as to who was there that day because the Medes were the Japhethites. The
Elamites were direct descendants of Shem. There’s more here than just names. They’re not there just
to fill space. They’re there to teach us something. We’ll see the immensity and the greatness of that