Week 8 | Reflection
The sovereignty of God over every soul. What does that mean? The day of Pentecost gives us a picture of the sovereignty of God over every soul. God created us for relationship with Himself for all of eternity. God also allowed us to have free will, to follow Him or to choose our own way. Sin broke the ability for us to live in close relationship to him, but he pursues us and has provided a way for us to come back to Him and have eternal life with Him.
God could have sent the Holy Spirit to the disciples quietly; instead there was a loud noise that drew a multitude together. He could have sent the Spirit to them at anytime and any place. He chose Jerusalem during the feast of weeks when there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven there, they spoke different languages. The Holy Spirit enabled the disciples to testify and the multitude to be able hear the testimony in their own language. The Spirit even gave the disciples what to say, God’s sovereign message. All were amazed and perplexed.
We see a glimpse of mankind’s struggle with God’s sovereignty. Some in the crowd denied this was anything special. They certainly didn’t give consideration that this was from God. They said the disciples were drunk. The religious leaders did the same with Jesus, not giving God glory or credit for the message Jesus shared or the miracles he did. It is still a problem today. God’s word is twisted to suit our liking; his power is denied; he is questioned for not doing enough (what we would like done); His existence is denied with “there is no God” or other gods are put before him.
Peter tells them in Acts 2:23 Jesus was delivered because of God’s definite plan and foreknowledge to be crucified, and they were the ones who turned him over to the Romans to carry it out. Many were convicted that day and 3000 believed the gospel that was given to them. There were those in Jerusalem that day who did not believe. God’s plan and pursuit of lost souls did not end there. As the early church was formed we are told how they lived and what they did. Others outside of the church were drawn to them and they gave them favor. We are told day by day God added to their number those who were being saved.
We see God’s sovereignty over every soul on the day of Pentecost as he drew nearly 3000 to himself. The beginning of the Church comes, providing a way for believers to live in community with each other and Him. God sent His only son to die as a sacrifice so that we could have life. He sent the Holy Spirit to be our helper in this life and show us truth. He invites the Church to join Him in sharing the gospel to those who don’t know or believe in Him so that they too might be added to His kingdom.
This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses. Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing. For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says,
“‘The Lord said to my Lord,
“Sit at my right hand,
until I make your enemies your footstool.”’
Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”