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ACTS 2:1-4 - Corps Notes - October 16, 1975

Topic: logospedia,lp
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Publication Date: October 16, 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 2:1-4
October 16, 1975
Turn tonight to Acts chapter 2, regarding the most momentous occurrence in all history until the
present time. Perhaps the greater will be the return. Perhaps we have not as fully appreciated as we
should the greatness of Acts 2 because it hasn’t cost us very much to get to the knowledge of it. The
experience on the day of Pentecost was so absolutely cataclysmic and here it is written in just four
verses. Only God could have had holy men of God write it in such an abbreviated form. There is
absolutely no parallel in all history or all literature that equals the greatness of these truths in Acts 2.
We are to study to show ourselves approved unto God as workmen. Many times when I get Into the
Word to teach it I feel totally inadequate to handle the greatness of God’s Word. Yet, somebody has
to do the best they can with it. I always feel that way with Acts 2. I’ve taught this many times as you
know, and we wrote our heart out on the book in “Receiving the Holy Spirit Today on this chapter.
Acts 2:1
“And” = conjunction. The experience of the new birth on the day of Pentecost follows immediately
with Matthias being numbered with the 11 apostles. I shared some things on the tape tonight that
bring me almost to the point of believing that this which occurred here in Acts 1:26 was just the
night before the receiving of the fullness early the next morning. Whether that’s true or not, I can’t
prove, but it’s the last thing that was done before the receiving of the fullness of the spirit on the day
of Pentecost. Tying this together with “and”, which I believe would stand the test of all the Greek
texts, makes it very significant for me -Matthias numbered with the eleven apostles – “and” - I don’t
believe they did this trip in the morning. I do not believe they did the selecting of Matthias in the
morning because the first hour of prayer would not have been apropos for the occasion. Just not quite
like I would like to feel it would be because in the last chapter of Luke (Luke 24:53) where that
statement is made that they were continually in the temple, this specifically refers to the apostles.
Therefore, the first hour of prayer would not be the hour that I feel would have been the time when
they would have selected Matthias. The “about 120” would not have been there at that time.
Hours of prayer were set up in the Bible for the people to spend time everyday. The religious leaders
were to endeavor to keep all of the hours and some religious people kept all of the hours because they
had the time and they liked to do it, so they kept all five hours of prayer. If you had only three
occasions on which you could keep the hours of prayer you’d go the first, at noon and the last hour. I
believe that these apostles were continually in the temple at the hours of prayer because they were the
chosen of the Lord Jesus Christ and they had been instructed as to what was going to occur. They had
not been told when, so I believe that they were there at all five hours. And this is why I believe the
word “and” following upon
“eleven apostles” of verse 26 ties in with the selection of Matthias. Perhaps there should not have
ever been a chapter here, but in the sense that I’m teaching and sharing with you tonight, if one
closed out in the evening at the hour of prayer’, the other opening the next day with the hour of
prayer, I could see putting a beautiful chapter division there. Whichever way it is we do have a
chapter division and it sets this great day of Pentecost by itself.
“Pentecost” - Penta - 5 or 50
“Fully” - indicates that it had been in the process of coming since the fall of man. Few of us have
ever realized the greatness of this because all through the Old Testament the Adversary could have
children whenever he felt like it. God could accept by adoption and here for the first time by the
believing and new birth. This is why Mary was the first woman who believed to the end of bringing
forth the Christ. No woman got to the place of absolute believing as Mary did when the angel came
and she said, ”Be it unto me according to thy Word.” The true God never possesses. God had to wait
for people to believe and that’s why I’m amazed sometimes that our people just don’t believe more
today. We have all of God’s Word available to us, the greatness of this Word, and if we don’t believe
then we’ve got to be of all men and women the most pitied. You can’t wait a lifetime to say, “Well,
I’m having a very unique experience and I’m getting better every day.” Believing is believing and
you just sell out to the Word! You don’t cop out on it. You make a commitment and stay put.
The reason Pentecost did not come any earlier was that man did not believe. He wasn’t at the position
of believing. Mary believed and the thing moved on and it got to the place where God could do what
He wanted to do for many thousands of years. Seldom have we appreciated the greatness of this
record in Acts. Perhaps nobody has ever challenged us to really think about it to begin with. Maybe
because the new birth is so simple to us because it was so difficult for God and we can just receive it
so easily, simply believe.
God has through the centuries always done His best for His people whenever they believe. He has
gone as far as their believing was capable of receiving. This is why we as believers today only limit
ourselves. There is no question about limiting God. God is limitless when we believe. His limitless
ability is our ability when we are in the position of believing to receive.
Pentecost was in the process of coming for all of those years, but it never fully came until this time
recorded in Acts 2. The time was perhaps around 28-30 A. D. I’m not sure. I’ve never been able to
work the dates on some of these things too accurately. Perhaps someday we’ll have greater light.
“they” - refers to the 12 apostles - You really have to drive the “they” into your mind because it’s a
pronoun again and the reason you need to hit this so hard is because of the erroneous teaching that
there were 120 who received the “baptism of the holy ghost”, as they refer to it and that it occurred in
the upper room. You have to drive this in your mind so if necessary you could teach it to someone
else.
It is significant that in Acts 2:7 it says that they are all Galileans - the 11 plus —Matthias were all
Galileans. This was not true for the “about 120.” Therefore, the original outpouring or the original
receiving of the holy spirit when they were all filled was the 12 only. The number “12” 1 guess is
sort of neat - 12 apostles, 12 tribes of Israel - other multiples of 12 in the Word. Acts 2:14 says,
“Peter standing up with the eleven.” 11 plus one makes 12.
“one accord” - Acts 1:14 was first usage of that. Here they were all with one accord in one place.
One accord means unity of purpose. Knowing from the scriptures that they were continually in the
temple the one accord relates itself here to the location. It was an hour of prayer. And it happened to
be the first hour when they were in one accord in one place and the place happened to be the temple.
There should be no need for my proving this to you again from the Word, for I’ve done it so many
times.
God has always done His best for His people. Even at the times when His people did not particularly
desire His best, He would do His best that He could for them. This He did again on the day of
Pentecost because on this particular day basically only Israel or Jews were present. There’s no other
place in the World where God could have come to His people anymore appropriately than in the
Temple. He certainly would not have come to Jack’s bar- that wouldn’t make any sense. He certainly
would not have gone into somebody’s home. He went to the place where God had said that He would
meet His people. Such love on the part of God is absolutely fantastic. His own people who had killed
His only begotten son, just a little handful of believers and yet God does His best in every situation
and He did it here.
Acts2:2
“heaven” = any place above earth. I believe that Jesus Christ had instructed the apostles before he left
on some of the things they were to do when this momentous occasion occurred. Even though Jesus
Christ did not know the mystery there were things revealed to him that he did know; therefore they
were better instructed than most of us have been led to believe or they want us to believe. I believe
the apostles had received tremendous instruction and I believe that many disciples were present to
hear the instructions too. So I think they were much more knowledgeable of what to expect and what
to look for than we have commonly accepted or believed.
“rushing mighty wind” – or heavy breathing - was on the part of the apostles when they saw
something. You can’t tell two things at once, or you can’t do two things at once, so this appearance
of the cloven tongues was the great significant thing that occurred that made it possible for them to
breathe in, or triggered it for them, and they breathed in. The breathing In, as they were doing it,
filled all the house, the temple, where they were sitting. The breathing in was just something that
they had been instructed on. In the breathing it’s a believing of it.
“it filled” = pleroo - full potential or capacity - When they breathed in, it filled all the house where
they were sitting. The breathing in filled it, but it also filled – pleroo - them – full capacity. Acts
13:52 — filled = to capacity. It’s one thing to be filled to capacity. It’s another thing to overflow with
the fullness of that capacity.
The new birth is in Acts 2:2. It was decent and in order. We have to keep teaching and teaching and
teaching this or our people will never really see the greatness of all this stuff. Outside of The Way
ministry there is still much indecency and out of order in the holy spirit field and it triggers a great
deal of unbelief in our world. These apostles -it was the first hour of prayer of the day. They were all
in the temple and they were sitting. They were sitting on their prayer rugs or just on the floor and
they were sitting like the Easterners sit, with their legs crossed. As long as it’s decent and in order
that is the importance of it. Here it is an hour of prayer, thus, others are present. When you are out
among the people it has to be decent and in order. Anything God ever does He does decently and in
order. God didn’t have to do it behind closed doors in a little upper room because the true God never
has to be ashamed of what He does when people believe it. We’ve attributed so much to the true God
that the Devil has done. But whenever anything is indecent and out of order it is not of God. You will
always know when it’s indecent and out of order according to the records in God’s Word. Half the
time I’m convinced that you wouldn’t even need God’s Word - all you’d need is some good common
horse sense to know when something is decent and in order. They were decent and in order. That
doesn’t mean that they were cold as cucumbers.
I believe with the expectation and anticipation of the coming of something, these people were high.
They were expecting it at any moment. An hour of prayer can be a real drag for people. On the other
hand, if you are expecting results it can be most exhilarating. And they were looking for something,
awaiting, for they had been told to tarry until. They were every time in the temple, they were
expecting. That’s why when they spoke in tongues they spoke like a house of fire. It’s in the
expectation, in the anticipation, that the exuberance and the joy reside. That’s why this day of
Pentecost is really fantastic here in Acts.
Acts 2:3
“cloven tongues” – a phenomenon - This is the only place it is used in the Word I believe. I really
don’t know what this means, cloven tongues. I know what the word “cloven” means and I know what
the word “tongues” means, but what does He really mean by cloven? This is what I believe the
instruction was to the apostles.
“There appeared unto them” whatever this “cloven tongues” is. You’ll be surprised to see how this
relates itself to fire. How fire is used in sacrifice and the significance of it. How it is used where God
protected the children of Israel at night so they could sleep with great comfort. “There appeared unto
them” – that’s the phenomenon, and I wonder if it was a miracle to the end that they were the only
ones who saw it. Do you think it would be possible for God to do it? No place in the record does it
ever say that they were impressed with the cloven tongues. That’s not what impressed the Pentecost
visitors. I believe it that it occurred only to the 12. They were the only ones who needed to see it.
Had the rest of the people seen it, they would have thought they were special saints. That’s why Jesus
just must have really instructed them. This did not all happen by accident, unless it’s possession, and
it’s not possession because the true God never possesses, and if He doesn’t possess then for them to
do some of these things somebody had to tell them, teach them, and that somebody was Jesus Christ.
I sometimes wonder what occurred during those 40 days. Man, I’d like to know. Boy the rap sessions
they must have had in those 40 days. Imagine nothing to do but sit and rap. It doesn’t say there was
any holding forth of The Word to Israel at that time. It says he was with the disciples 40 days and
specifically with the apostles.
I believe that we are not reading into the Word at all when we say that these cloven tongues were
only visible to the 12 apostles. That was the phenomenon on the day of Pentecost. And if was true
what I just said, then it would be a miracle too because it was just to the 12.
“like as of fire” - The analogy “like as of fire”. It doesn’t say it was fire, but LIKE AS fire. It’s
interesting. When you get into working that fire business you’ll be back in the time of Israel and the
pillar of fire. You’ll get real interested seeing the relationship here to 12 men of Israel and Israel in
the beginning when God chose them and how He protected them and kept them. You and I know
from reading ahead that this which they received had to be good protection for it was eternal life, the
new birth.
“sat” = covered, surrounded with
Sat in the Bible always indicates when something is completely, completely, completely complete,
when something is finished. In Genesis 2:2 the word “rested” is the word “sat”.
The visible thing to them was eternal and the invisible was what occurred internally. The full
capacity is Christ in you the hope of glory. That’s what occurred to them here. It sat on each of them.
Nobody got missed, not because these men were so good but because these men believed. They went
to the place where Jesus Christ told them to go and waited. They just literally carried out the Word.
And if you and I just literally carry out God’s Word we’ve got to receive that which God’s Word has
promised when we believe. Everybody was born again, all 12. That is the first part of Pentecost --
you MUST be born again. The Nicodemus record taught this. Other places where Jesus instructed in
the Word taught it. There’s only one name given among men whereby we – what? – must be saved
(Acts 4:12). That’s only one part of Pentecost because this salvation was a spiritual inside job. No
one would have known it was genuine without a manifestation because you can’t see spirit.
Therefore, the experience of the new birth is never complete Biblically without something more than
confessing with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believing God raised him from the dead. A man
could do a great deal of good works and fool people unless there is something so absolutely absolute
at the time of the new birth that nobody can fool anybody when they see the manifestation.
Acts 2:4
“filled” - pletho – filled to overflowing
The whole experience of the day of Pentecost is two-fold — the receiving spiritually and the
evidence in the senses world of that spiritual reception and all of us got talked out of it or we didn’t
know anything about it to begin with. These two go hand in hand. When you are born again you are
supposed to speak in tongues. Boy, this is why whenever you hear somebody speak in tongues we
ought to get hotter than a firecracker, not just from the interpretation but from the speaking in
tongues itself because that’s the proof to me that they’re born again. The only other way I could
know would be as a man of God by revelation but why should God have to give revelation when you
can speak in tongues? When you hear someone speak in tongues it should just bless your soul. That’s
your sister or brother whether you like it or not.
Don’t get so cold about the things of God whereby the things of God become so normative to you
that you are not excited about it. You ought to get real blessed.
Acts 1:4-5, 8
Verse 4 (chapter 2) is a literal fulfillment of those verses.
Luke 24:49
Tarry in the city of Jerusalem. It’s beautiful when you put all of this together.
“to be endued with” to be clothed with - Until you get some clothes on you are physically naked.
Until you get some clothes on spiritually you are naked, dead in trespasses and sins, without God and
without hope. But when He clothes you, when you are born you are clothed with inherent power
from God. That is the baptism. The reason it is baptized is because it’s a one time deal. How many
times can you be born - once. How many times can you be born again - once. That’s why the word
baptized is used. And it’s once in the name of Jesus Christ - that name. It’s that great orientalism of
pleading in the name. If you got a big enough benefactor and you plead in his name you can get set
free. Baptized in the name and everything that name represents.
Acts 1:8
lambano power - This verse is literally fulfilled in pletho of Acts 2:4.
The holy spirit on the day of Pentecost was the gift from the Giver. God is the Giver. God is a lot of
different things in the Word, the Almighty, but the greatest thing that you could say about God is that
He is Holy and He is Spirit. And on the day of Pentecost was the first time when this pneuma hagion
could in-dwell man, not just be upon but in-dwell so that it would be baptized, one time deal, Christ
in you the hope of glory.
If I had been the Devil I would have confused people’s minds on this too. I would have done it as he
did too, putting confusion into it right afterwards. If he can keep people away from the knowledge of
the Word here people will always live below par. They will always say less than what God says In
His Word and they will always believe less than what God says they ought to believe. And this came
to these men not because they were so good but because they believed God. Putting this together
with what you know about Ephesians and other records makes these verses set like a great diamond
in the Word.
They were all filled, pletho, with the gift by the Giver. The reason pneuma hagion is used for the gift
is because it was the greatest thing God is and He gave it for the first time because man was in a
position and capable of receiving it and it’s been here ever since.
The “pletho-ing” in verse 4, was that they spoke with other tongues. They began. There is only one
way to ever get started and that is to start – began.
The pronoun “they” is omitted here in the text before “began”.
People would rather argue than begin. God says begin! We have just tolerated too much disobedience
to God’s Word inside the so-called church. What they spoke in tongues was God’s business, but that
they spoke was their business. By the freedom of their will they had to act, they had to believe God,
they had to do it. When a person believes on the Lord Jesus Christ there is no feeling on the inside
unless it’s phenomenon. But generally there is no guarantee that you are going to get a “cleaned up”
feeling on the inside; therefore, the speaking in tongues has to be entirely by believing. That’s why
that section in I Corinthians 12:3 is so unique. You can’t really say you’ve made him lord because
to make him lord is to believe he meant what he said and said what he meant. “I would you all spake
in tongues” – DO IT! Therefore you’d have to believe he meant what he said and said what he meant.
That’s making him lord.
“as the Spirit gave them utterance” - God’s spirit gave it to their spirit, which is God’s spirit in them,
which is now their spirit by believing. It’s a gift. Man by believing speaks forth that which he has
received and you just walk out on it. How could you have confessed him as Lord and not speak in
tongues!
There are just no words in anybody’s vocabulary to explain it any greater, you just have to
experience it and know within yourself how great and magnificent and wonderful it is because words
fail to communicate the greatness of that which is written here. There it is in four verses of scripture,
not only the new birth but the manifestation. A lot of people have missed both. Some people have
missed the second. A lot of people who think they are born again are not born again. You don’t get
born again by thinking but by action on God’s Word. We talk about sin. I think we’ve been about as
off on sin as we’ve been off on some of the rest of the Word. To tell a lie we consider is a sin, but to
disbelieve God’s Word and not speak in tongues, we don’t think of that as being sin. I would say that
if a lie is sin, then not speaking in tongues would have to be sin too, same Word of God. Sin is sin,
there are no stages or grades of sin, but looking at it from a worldly point of view I would say that
getting drunk would not be near as bad as rejecting Acts 2:4. But you see, we’ve never been
challenged to think in terms of what sin really is. It depends on what culture you are from or what
location of the world or community. But no one has challenged to think that sin is that which
contradicts God’s Word. Naturally if I had been the Devil I would have done the same thing that he
did, to talk people out of it so they’d be constantly living in sin, and when you’re living in sin, you
live in condemnation. That’s why the Christian church has always been condemned basically because
they’re not living up to God’s Word. It’s only God’s Word that gets you out of the condemnation -
“There is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1). Those that
believe in the new birth push it, but how many really push the whole Word. We need to push it more
in The Way ministry too. Teach that when you are born again you speak in tongues. Teach it because
you always get the results of what you teach because it doesn’t return void. Well, that’s part of the
greatness of Acts 2:1-4.