What shall we do?
That was the question posed by the onlookers after viewing for themselves the events that transpired on the day of Pentecost. It was an amazing and astounding happening that left the bystanders wondering with curiosity what they had just witnessed. Many exclaimed that the worshippers in that upper room were drunk but Peter stood (along with the other disciples) and began to preach and explain to them exactly what happened.
What happened on that day?
“When the day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance” Acts 2:1-4
What did Peter tell them?
Peter began to explain to them that Jesus was indeed the long awaited Messiah that the world had been waiting for. But much to their displeasure Peter reminded them that is was the religious leaders of their day that called for him to be crucified. He also referred them back to the Old Testament prophecy given by Joel to explain the phenomenon that happened to the worshippers in that upper room. Peter stood up and declared, “This is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel: ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams. And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; And they shall prophesy.” It was Peter’s preaching that bought conviction to the crowd and finally one shouted out the question “what shall we do?”. That is the question that has remained since that day. What should I do?
“Repent and be baptized everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall recieve the gift of the Holy Ghost” Acts 2:38
But Peter didn’t stop there…
“For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.” Acts 2:39 Peter said that everyone should be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ and also said that this promise of the gift of the Holy Ghost was “to all”.
The Apostle Paul asked a very important question too…
One day, while Paul was preaching in Ephesus, he came in contact with some believers who had been followers of John the Baptist. It is interesting to note that the conversation that Paul had with them closely matched the message that Peter preached above in Acts 2:38.
Let’s read about it…
Acts 19:1 And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples,
Acts 19:2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.
Acts 19:3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism.
Acts 19:4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.
Acts 19:5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
Acts 19:6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.
Acts 19:7 And all the men were about twelve.
So we see that Paul also preached that men should receive the Holy Ghost and also be baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
But that is not all…
The Bible tells of another man who was very religious and something very interesting happened to him. Listen to what the Bible says about Cornelius. Acts 10:2 “A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway”. Notice: He feared God, gave alms, and prayed always. Sounds like he has done everything he should right? But God spoke to him and told him to contact Peter and Peter would tell him “what he ought to do”. (Acts 10:6) So Peter began to preach to Cornelius and his family and in Acts 10:44-46 the Bible says …
Acts 10:44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.
Acts 10:45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Acts 10:46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,
Acts 10:47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?
Acts 10:48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.
Cornelius and his family received the Holy Ghost and also note that Peter “commanded” them to be baptized in the name of the Lord.