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REDEMPTIVE CONVICTION

October 11, 2016

Tuesday

 

Acts 2:37

 

Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brethren, what shall we do?”

 

 

LESSON

 

The Holy Spirit used Peter’s sermon to bring conviction, as Jesus had predicted. He convicted Peter’s hearers of the truth of what he said and of their guilt in rejecting Jesus. Their question arose from this twofold response.

 

Notice the full meaning of their question. These were Jews who had been waiting expectantly for the Messiah to appear. Peter had just explained convincingly that He had come, but the Jewish nation had rejected God’s anointed King. Jesus had gone back to heaven. What would happen to the nation over which He was to rule? What were the Jews to do? Their question did not just reflect their personal dilemma but the fate of their nation. What should they do in view of this terrible situation nationally as well as personally?

 

We see the response of the people. The word that is rendered “pricked” can also be “pierced”, or “stabbed”, reminiscent of Jesus’ being pierced by the sword immediately after His death on the cross. They were cut to the heart. Jesus taught that the Holy Spirit would convict unbelievers concerning their sin and their need for Jesus.

 

What are the three things that Jesus describes that the Holy Spirit will convict the unsaved of? Sin, Righteousness, and Judgment. We recognize that nobody can come to Christ unless they are drawn by the Holy Spirit. Sometimes we will pray that the Holy Spirit go before us to prepare the heart of one who we wish to share the gospel with. The Spirit’s convicting power was certainly evident in the hearts of many of the people who heard Peter on that day of Pentecost.

 

Memory Acts 16:30

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