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What Does This Mean?

The Holy Spirit is a sign of God's faithfulness.

I hope the Book of Acts is easy for you to find because you’ve got your handy dandy Acts bookmark with you. This is not just a bookmark; it’s also a reminder of the great themes—we’ve called them the keys—to the Book of Acts. They’re listed here on the bookmark. I don’t know if you remember when you were a kid the special decoder rings. Remember those? I never got one, but I always wanted one. Well, this is like a decoder bookmark, a special decoder to the Book of Acts. Let it help you; let it guide you and your reading of Acts over the weeks and months ahead.

(Read Acts 2:1–12)

God has a plan

So what are we going to do with a momentous, I mean really momentous, passage like this? Here is this long-promised, long-awaited event, anticipated for not just years but for centuries. And here in the scope of 12 verses we see it happening. This has been promised multiple times by the Old Testament prophets. Very clearly, at least 600 years back by the prophet Ezekiel, and then with even greater emphasis and passion by the prophet Joel. Many had alluded to it over all of those long years that the Old Testament prophets spoke. And then Jesus came. Actually, first John the Baptist came, and when he came baptizing, he said, “Don’t look at me. I baptize with water, but after me is coming someone who will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

And then Jesus did come, and he spoke of this very openly. At one point in John 7, Jesus stood up and he cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” And then John says, “Now this he said ...

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