Publication Date: 11-25-1975
November 25, 1975
The Way College of Emporia
Acts 2:8-11 are a parenthesis.
The miracle of Pentecost is in what they spoke. They spoke in a language that others understood. So
these twelve men as they were speaking in tongues really astounded them. The point is that these
Jews who were not born again said of that speaking in tongues that they were speaking the wonderful
works of God. I remember how thrilled I first was when I saw some of this stuff in Acts and
understood it. I saw it for years but didn’t understand it. When I got the understanding of it I
remember how excited I became. It’s really something. How tremendous it is to speak in tongues.
Here were these people who disliked Galileans and yet they had to say that these men were speaking
the wonderful works of God. When I first saw that whenever I was speaking in tongues, I was
speaking the wonderful works of God, it just blessed me no end. This whole section in here just
makes me hotter than a firecracker because I remember back in my mind to the times when I got
some understanding of this stuff and how blessed I was.
“amazed” - Naturally they were amazed. That would be a natural human response because the natural
man receiveth not the things of the spirit of God. These people were not born again yet, who were
listening to them, and they were looking at everything with their sense knowledge mind and they
said, “Well those fellows can’t do that.” “They can’t do that but they’re doing it.” – That’s why they
were so amazed.
“doubt” – Then they said, “How can they do it.” That’s the doubt.
“Others mocking” - People who mock are always there. So when you get out to teaching and sharing
the Word, you don’t pay any attention to people and what they say. Just because people pat you on
the back today doesn’t mean that they will do it tomorrow. It’s not that you teach or share the Word
because of people’s acclaim or disclaim. You just share the Word. We’ve got to plant and we have to
water. God gives the increase. Weather people are mocking us or whether they say, “I’m going to
think about it”, or whether they believe. It’s relatively insignificant. It’s the Word that’s significant.
These fellows didn’t deter Peter and the rest of them just because they were mocking.
“new wine” - See Receiving the Holy Spirit Today (footnotes on Acts 2, page 72 of the 7th edition).
We still can’t speak authoritatively on this.
“Peter, standing up with the eleven” - There is another documentation that on the original there were
just twelve. When Jesus Christ was here upon earth, when he read the scrolls he stood up and when
he taught he sat down. Here on the day of Pentecost when they were born again of God’s spirit, Peter
All through the book of Acts when they would speak the Word they would stand up. Something
culturally changed with this. These men dared to defy the accepted culture of sitting down when you
teach the Word. That thing in itself - breaking culture always puts you out where people point their
fingers at you.
“hearken to my words.” - This is the next great truth in here; the boldness of Peter when he said,
“Hearken.” The church fathers could have said, “Why that old egotist.” Peter didn’t care what they
said. He knew something had occurred to him. He just stood up and said, “You fellows listen to me.”
This was that same Peter who in John was behind closed doors for fear of the Jews. What changed
Peter from being a man full of fear behind closed doors for fear of the Jews to this time when he was
so bold that he could stand up in front of some of the same people and say, “Look, you listen to me.”
Anybody who thinks knows that nobody changes that quickly, generally speaking. Something had to
occur that was so dynamically dynamic that there were just no questions about it. He just knew. The
only thing that sits between that record in the gospels and the book of Acts is the experience of the
new birth and the manifestation. I know that Jesus Christ instructed them a lot more than you find
written line by line in the Word. He taught them fantastically. Knowing life, it doesn’t happen
without teaching. You can’t go beyond what you are taught. (Example of little children) People have
to be taught before they can do. Jesus must have taught those apostles very thoroughly about the
incident we’re dealing with here in the book of Acts. As much as God made known to Jesus, I’m sure
Jesus Christ made known to his apostles. No man changes in forty days unless something occurs
which is so dynamic that he knows. Peter got rid of fear of people. Most of us have been conditioned
through the years by what people thought. Peter got rid of fear of people and fear as to what people
would say about him. Most of us have been conditioned through the years by what people thought.
Now Peter is no longer afraid and he just takes a stand. You can’t go by what people think. You have
to go by the greatness of God in Christ in you and His Word.
“third hour of the day” - 9:00 a. m. our time.
Now we get to the most difficult section of this particular record. I’ve done my best to work this to
clarify it so that you can get an understanding of it.
“this is that” - The question is what is “this” and what is “that.” My first clue when I got more
understanding of this was the genders of the cases. “This” is masculine; “that” is neuter. Just by sheer
logic of the Word itself, “this” which occurred on the day of Pentecost cannot be “that” fulfillment of
the prophecy of Joel, because the sun has not yet turned into darkness nor has the moon turned into
Joel 2:18-27 - These verses precede immediately the following verses that deal with Peter’s standing
up and teaching on that day of Pentecost.
Everything I’ve read from verse 18-27 has been a material, a physical, a temporal blessing to Israel.
The prophecy of Joel concerns God. The word “God” is Jehovah. It concerns Jehovah’s dealing with
the land and the people. The word “Jehovah” is always used of God in relationship to that which He
has created. It is the record here of evil removed from the land and the people and then the blessings
bestowed on the land and the people.
Joel 2:28-32 - The key word is in verse 28; in answer to what is “this” and what is “that.”
“Afterward” is the key. Afterward what? Very simple; after the natural, materialistic blessings; after
the temporal blessings this comes. I want you to remember that the temporal blessings precede the
spiritual. I think that’s very significant. I’m thinking back in my mind on how this affects our
thinking today. People will say that if you want God’s blessing on your life get saved first. These
people got God’s blessing in the material sense first and then got saved so to speak. I think time and
time again that it’s possible for God to bless you physically, mentally, financially, etc. then you
saved, then you got turned on to the spiritual side. Anyway, that’s what happened here, in Israel. So
after the temporal blessing of verse 18-27 comes the spiritual blessing. Remember the word
“remnant” in verse 32. After the temporal blessings come the spiritual blessings. And finally these
spiritual blessings center around in the remnant, that small group of believers left over, the remnant.
Now in Acts 2:16 this is Peter’s reply to the accusation of drunkenness. The first part of his reply is a
quotation from Joel and preceding the quotes used from Joel are the temporal blessings. Then the
spiritual one is quoted here in Acts.
“pour out” - is the same word as “shed forth” in Acts 2:33.
What Peter is saying to that accusation of being drunk is that the quote from Joel, this therefore is
that you cannot lay a charge of drunkenness against Israel here in Joel. You cannot substantiate
drunkenness in Joel; therefore you cannot substantiate it against us twelve apostles. In other words,
the charge of drunkenness cannot be substantiated against the twelve any more than you can
substantiate it against those in the future spoken of here by Joel when the great spiritual blessing will
be poured out on all flesh after that all the temporal blessings have been bestowed. See, in Joel
everything was waste and desolate for Israel until the temporal blessings start to come to pass, then
the spiritual blessings. If you translate it like I’ve told you (you have no text for it but I’ve got it
backed up with the truth of God’s Word, if you got any understanding), “this is like that of Joel.”
Like in Joel’s day, first the temporal blessings and then the spiritual. On the day of Pentecost the
people on that day were desolate and waste, just like we are today, natural man dead in trespasses
without God and without hope. The people today are as they were then. But this which occurred is
like that. This accusation of drunkenness is like that you would have to accuse Israel of getting drunk
in the prophecy in Joel, and they are not drunk in Joel.
“servants” – doulos - bond slaves
“handmaidens” - the feminine of doulos – maiden slaves
“they shall prophecy” - not Pentecost, but future on Israel. But before that day comes to pass there
will be the temporal blessings and then with the outpouring of the spirit, the spiritual blessing. You
cannot charge Israel with being drunk when that occurs in the future, no more can you charge us of
being drunk now, for this which you now have, is like that prophecy of Joel, which is still future. It
only refers to Israel. The reason it is used is because on the day of Pentecost only Jews by religion
were present. They all knew about the prophecy of Joel. “This is like that of Joel” would be a good
practical, according to usage translation.
“show” - to give forth, manifest One of the translations translates it “give.”
“turned” - changed
That hasn’t happened yet, but there is a day coming when that will happen.
“moon into blood” – another figure
So this is still future today.
“notable day” – great day of awe. In the Old Testament the Hebrew word “yare”, translated “terrible”
is used in Joel 2:11 & Joel 2:31 – first used in Exodus 34:10 – it should be translated “awful” - it’s
with great respect, great admiration, great awe, great reverence. The Greek word is “epiphanies”,
which is translated “notable” in Acts 2:20. Both are the same in Aramaic roots. The “notable” of
Acts 2:20 is the same as in Joel 2 & Exodus 34. It’s not “terrible” in the sense that we understand it.
It means that He is so fantastic, so terrific. “Terrible” is a terrible translation. That great day of awe
would be good, “notable,” great day of awe.
“and” – i.e. - in that day
((“saved” - sozo - made whole. That’s beautiful. That just blesses my heart. In Joel, remember the
temporal prosperity and then the spiritual, so when you have the temporal and the spiritual you are
delivered. Over here it’s saved. When you are completely delivered you are saved. That’s wonderful.
Jesus of Nazareth - These words are used seven times in the book of Acts. This is really boldness.
Remember, he stood up first and then said to hearken to his words.)) – not on tape
((Now he says “Jesus of Nazareth.” And the leaders to whom he was speaking said can anything
good come out of Nazareth? Something good can come out of Nazareth. See the boldness of him?
Boy, that’s terrific! Jesus of Nazareth, a man - had he said he was God they would have killed him.
“approved” - This is that spiritual awareness that we teach the Corps. When I hit this word
“approved,” my awareness spiritually brings to mind that this word is used in II Timothy 2:15.
Could this be the same word as the word in Timothy? And without even looking it up I have the
spiritual awareness to know that this word could not be the same word that is used in Timothy.
That’s what we mean when we talk about spiritual awareness and sharpness. In Timothy we are
approved if we rightly divide the Word. Over here the word is used regarding miracles, wonders and
signs. No man is approved because of the miracles, wonders and signs, because the Adversary has
miracles, wonders and signs also. See how I would immediately know that the word “approved”
could not be like the “approved” of rightly dividing the Word? The one in Timothy means testing for
purity, then the results, namely the sanction of that testing - that’s the approved in Timothy. The
word in Timothy is “dokimos.” The word here in Acts 2 for “approved” is the word “apodeiknumi.”
This word literally means to make public, or to declare wholly or fully. I like the word “made public”
by God. Jesus Christ a man made public, declared openly, wholly; declared not just in part but
“also” - Scratch this word.
Right after he gets rid of that drunkenness accusation, he goes right into the greatness of this thing.))
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They had seen many of those signs, miracles and wonders. See how he uses that? You talk about
setting the Word up; homiletics is the art of preaching. “You mean to tell me that those in Joel are
drunk?” If they would have said “yes” they would have hung themselves. “But you men of Israel
hear these words - Jesus of Nazareth, a man fully declared, made publicly.” Remember that these
boys for the most part had been to Bethany and had seen the Lazarus trip. Fully declared, and these
knew it. No one could misunderstand that point. They said that no good thing could come out of
Nazareth, “but let me remind you that you were there when Lazarus walked around in the garden and
ate peanuts. You were there when he came forth, you saw it.” Look at the positive drive, homiletics
of that type of teaching. He hit them right in the face with the greatness of Jesus of Nazareth. He
didn’t mess around but just told it like it was.
“have taken and” - delete
“ye” - Look at the boldness of Peter. He didn’t say “we” have crucified and slain. He said “ye.”
Israel, Jews, you did it, by wicked hands.
“determinate” - In Romans 1:4, it’s the word “declared.” Here it’s the word, “determinate.” In
Romans it’s the same word that is translated determinate here; “him being delivered by the declared
When we worked Romans we discovered that “declared” means “marked out.” Then when we dug it
deeper, we came up with that “marked out” was the mark like that of a doulos when you mark the
slave with your brand. Marked out - branded. In Romans we are branded sons of God to carry out
that verse. Here the people were also marked out, branded, but they were born of the seed of the
serpent. That’s Acts.
The group who crucified the Lord Jesus Christ was born of the seed of the Adversary. Remember in
John, “ye are of your father the Devil.” Those were the fellows. (John 8:44)
“crucified and slain” – figure of speech, hendiadys; two things said, one thing meant.
“hath” - delete
“pains” - literal usage is birth pains. This is a beautiful figure. Just get the picture of that thing - that’s
a fantastic picture; a pregnant woman just ready for delivery, the birth pains, and relating it to death,
delivering him up out. It’s just absolutely beautiful.
“holden” - retained
“of it” - by it
“David speaketh” - If David spoke concerning Jesus Christ, then David must have had revelation,
which he did.
“before my face” - literally, “in my eyes” - Remember God has engraven us on the palms of His
hands. David foresaw his coming. It was always in his eyes and he never lost sight of it. Like today,
the hope of the return is that thing which keeps us on fire. David always had the coming of the Lord
in his eyes.
“moved” = shaken, budged out - that I don’t get shook
“was glad” - means rejoiced exceedingly. Look at the beauty of that. The innermost part of my being
rejoiced. He was constantly in my eyes and what you have in your eyes and what joy you have on the
inside is what you are going to talk about. My tongue rejoiced exceedingly means he talked about it.
“moreover my flesh also” – “also has to follow “flesh” That’s real important because in Acts 2:29 it
says that “David, that he is both dead and buried.” Here my flesh also shall rest in hope, the hope of
the return. Remember I described to you the valley in the Foundational Class. They knew the first
coming, they knew the day of the Lord coming; however, they couldn’t see the period of time in
between. Look how beautifully this fits with it.
“rest” - same word that is translated “tabernacle” in the Old Testament (in a casket, mummified) Got
the picture? My flesh also shall rest even when I am dead. What he couldn’t see was the mystery, the
church of the body, to which you and I belong.
“leave” - forsake
“my soul” - me
“hell” – grave - David said that you are not going to forsake me in hades.
“suffer” - to give, or to allow
David said that he’s going to tabernacle until the return, not the return for the body but the return for
Israel. But he said of Jesus that he would not let him in there that long. He would not even let his
holy one tabernacle long enough to see corruption.
“countenance” - with what I see in my eyes
“made known to me the ways of life” - this is wrapped up in the Lord Jesus Christ. That’s what
makes us full of joy with the presence of the face of God constantly before us.
“with” - among
“patriarch David” - Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are called the patriarchs, and here David is called a
patriarch. David doesn’t belong at all to the Abraham, Isaac and Jacob patriarchal set up. That was
the nation. This relates David to the whole kingdom of God trip. I think Bullinger has a note on this;
Abraham and those, as founders of the nation and David as founder of the monarchy. Monarchy
means kingdom. Israel was never numbered among the nations. Abraham was not an Israelite. He
was a Gentile, nations. That’s a jaw-breaker. Jacob was not an Israelite, he was a nation. Out of
Jacob, he got his name changed to Israel. But there’s one son that Jacob had out of which the Jews
and Israel came. Jacob had twelve sons. Out of one of those came the bloodline that refers to Israel,
You have the resurrection in verse 27, you have the resurrection in verse 31 and you get it in 32.
“hath” – delete
Don’t tell me that the resurrection was not essential in the first message that was ever preached. This
verse is the answer to verse 12 – what meaneth this? This Jesus God raised up. The meaning of this is
that this Jesus, God raised up, and we are all witnesses of it, not with just the visible eyes but
witnesses to it because of what happened to them - born again and spoke in tongues. The witness is