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And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32

Three Thousand Converted

By H. A. (Buster) Dobbs
I.  Introduction.
    A.  The Old Testament is, of course, the background for the New 
        Testament.  Some of the things that happened before the coming
        of Jesus instruct us (1 Cor. 10:1-11).  Lessons to be learned 
        from Old Testament history include the sinfulness of sin; the 
        penalty of sin; God's hatred of sin; God's righteousness in 
        punishing every transgression and disobedience; prophecies 
        concerning the Christ; the prospect of salvation from sin for 
        all nations.
    B.  The life, death, burial, resurrection of Jesus.
        1.  Jesus' great commission: "Go ye into all the world, and 
            preach the gospel to the whole creation.  He that believeth 
            and is baptized shall be saved; but he that disbelieveth 
            shall be condemned" (Mark 16:15-16).
        2.  This message of salvation is the theme of the Bible.
        3.  The book of Acts gives us information about how apostles and 
            other first century saints faithfully obeyed the commission 
            of their Lord.
II.  Events of the First Pentecost After Jesus' Resurrection.
     A.  The beginning of the kingdom of God on earth.
         1.  Jesus promised to build a church or kingdom (Matt. 16:18-
             19).
         2.  The kingdom (church) came with power (Mark 9:1).
         3.  The power came when the Holy Spirit came upon the apostles 
             (Acts 1:6-8).
         4.  The Holy Spirit came upon the apostles on the first
             Pentecost day after the resurrection of Jesus (Acts 2:1-4). 
             Therefore, the church (kingdom) came at the same time.
     B.  The multitude assembled and was taught.  Peter preached a
         powerful sermon (Acts 2:5-47).
         1.  Peter did not preach personal opinion and experiences.
         2.  Peter did preach the grace of God, but never mentioned the 
             word grace.
         3.  Peter affirmed and proved that Jesus is Lord and Christ.
         4.  Peter gave as proof of his proposition the signs and
             miracles Jesus did before all the people, the testimony of 
             the apostles confirmed by supernatural signs, and fulfilled 
             prophecy.
         5.  Jesus fulfilled every prophecy concerning Messiah given in 
             the Old Testament.  This is convincing proof of Jesus' 
             deity.  
             (a)  Old Testament prophecies fulfilled by Jesus include:
                  descendant from Abraham (Gen. 12:3); of the house of
                  David (Isa. 11:1,2,10); ministry concentrated in 
                  Galilee (Isa. 9:1); performed miracles (Isa. 35:5-6); 
                  triumphant entry to Jerusalem (Zech. 9:9); rejected by 
                  his own people (Isa. 53:1-3); betrayed for 30 pieces 
                  of silver (Zech. 11:12); behavior during trial (Isa. 
                  53:7-8); crucifixion (Psa. 22:16); scourged (Isa.
                  50:6); gambled for his clothes (Psa. 22:18); numbered 
                  with transgressors in his death (Isa. 53:12); not a 
                  bone of his body broken (Psa. 34:20); buried with 
                  wicked and rich (Isa. 53:9); born in Bethlehem (Micah
                  5:2); called out of Egypt (Hosea 11:1); murder of 
                  infants (Jer. 31:15); kingdom established during the 
                  days of the Roman empire (Dan. 2:44).
             (b)  Mathematical improbability of fulfillment: Suppose 10
                  prophets gave 5 independent criteria about Messiah. 
                  Suppose all events were left to chance.  Suppose there 
                  was an equal chance of fulfillment or of failure of
                  these specified particulars.  The improbability of
                  fulfillment in the life of one man is the 50th power 
                  of 2 to unity.  The improbability of Jesus fulfilling
                  all such prophecies is 1,125,899,000,000,000 to 1. 
         6.  Peter did not ask the people to believe without proof. 
             He proved that Jesus is both Lord and Christ (Acts 2:36).
             (a)  Many of the people were convinced and asked what they 
                  should do (Acts 2:37).
             (b)  Peter told these believers, "Repent ye, and be 
                  baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ
                  unto the remission of your sins; and ye shall receive 
                  the gift of the Holy Spirit" (Acts 2:38).
III.  Conclusion.
      A.  If we do not accept the offer of mercy, we reject the cross 
          and are guilty of the blood of Jesus.
      B.  We are lost because of sin.  Obedience to the gospel plan of 
          salvation (hear, faith, confession, repentance, and baptism) 
          brings forgiveness by the grace, love, and mercy of God.
          1.  Let us not be guilty of crucifying the Son of God afresh 
              by refusing his offer of pardon (Heb. 6:6).
          2.  Obedience brings blessings, membership in an eternal
              kingdom, and promise of endless glory. 

H. A. "Buster" Dobbs, email: had@worldnet.att.net
P. O. Box 690192
Houston, Texas 77269-0192
(281) 469-3540

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