In the last days…I will pour out my Spirit on all people …And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

Here Peter lets the crowd know that what they are observing is a sign the Holy Spirit is working through them.

He also gives them the good news. The Holy Spirit of God is now available – not only for the apostles – but for everyone!

I will pour out my Spirit on all people

And this also means a close personal relationship with Jesus isn’t just for these first students of Jesus.

When Jesus came to earth He was called Emmanuel, God with us. The first students of Jesus enjoyed a close personal relationship with God Himself in the Person of Jesus.

Then, before Jesus ascended He promised His students that His physical absence would not end their close connection. He would be with them forever through the Holy Spirit whom the Father would send.

Peter informs the people that this has been God’s intention all along. In fact, the prophets foretold of a time – in the last days - when God’s Spirit would be with all people.

That Day has come! Because Jesus has come and died for the sins of the world! He rose from the dead. And He ascended into heaven.

The Holy Spirit has come to create the more intimate spiritual relationship Jesus promised to the apostles, now open to all.

Only because of Jesus - everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. Saved from sin! Cleansed and made a temple of the Holy Spirit Himself.

What incredible news the apostles shared with the world for the first time that special Sunday morning nearly 2,000 years ago!


  1. I agree Kevin. We don't understand
    everything we know about this event.

  2. Interesting things about this sign - there were 18 different places emntioned that people were from - yet only 12 apostles.

    Also - there seems to be an interesting comment about the hearers and speakers: verse 8 (KJV) reads "And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?"

    The NIV reads: "Then how is it that each of us hears them in his own native language?"

    The people heard "them" in their own native language... maybe the miraculous sign wasn't just speaking but in hearing!

  3. It was the restoration of that which happened at the Tower of Babel.

    1 Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. 2 As men moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there.
    3 They said to each other, "Come, let's make bricks and bake them thoroughly." They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. 4 Then they said, "Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth."

    5 But the LORD came down to see the city and the tower that the men were building. 6 The LORD said, "If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. 7 Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other."

    8 So the LORD scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. 9 That is why it was called Babel [c] —because there the LORD confused the language of the whole world. From there the LORD scattered them over the face of the whole earth.

    It was a sign that speaking the same language, the languae of the Spirit, then nothing we plan to do will be impossible for us.

  4. The other comment was supposed to go with esterdays reading...

    Was thinking on todays - that with the Holy Spirit we have emmanuel with us even today!