The Kingdom Day (Part One)

Acts 2 has been called the “hub of the Bible.” The importance of this chapter could scarcely be overstated. Salvation is painted so clearly here that it is incumbent upon us to absorb its message.
God has always had a plan for salvation and his kingdom. Nothing has been left to chance. Acts 2 is a perfect example of this foresight being the culmination of prophecy and planning (Isaiah 2:2,3; Jeremiah 31:31-34; Daniel 2:44).
Therefore it stands tall within the pages of God’s history. Jerry Jenkins wrote, “The premise of this idea is that so much of the Scripture preceding this text looks forward and so much of it afterward looks back. Indeed it is the very hub of God’s Word.” /1
In Malachi 3:1 we read, “Behold, I send My messenger, and he will prepare the way before Me” (NKJV). When this messenger, John the Baptist, came, he began his ministry by saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
Jesus came preaching repentance and the kingdom to come. Matthew 4:17 reads, “From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, ‘repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.'” The phrase “at hand” means “must, to have to, be certain to, in the context of events which happen according to the will of and decree of God and which are necessary, certain and inevitable.” /2
Everything was hurtling toward this day. In Luke 24:45-50, Jesus told them that his message would be preached beginning at Jerusalem and they should go there and wait for the “power from on high” (cf. Acts 1:4). We can feel the crescendo as the kingdom of God comes to men. In Acts 2:1-4, we see the Holy Spirit coming upon the Apostles and they began to speak the message of God as prophesied (John 14:26).
All of this focus had been brought to bear on this one day in history. The harvest was ready and the glory of the kingdom was ready to be revealed.
The people heard Peter preach and realized the gravity of their sin and asked, “men and brethren, what shall we do?” (Acts 2:37). The answer Peter gave would be the prototype moment. When we read conversion stories in Scripture, they echo back to the answer given by Peter in Acts 2:38.
Consider all the planning, prophecy, promotion, the work of the Godhead and the enormity of this moment that had come to focus in this one day. With this in mind, would Peter have given the wrong answer? That seems almost impossible to believe! What would God had done if he had? Struck him down? Let him teach false doctrine? Either one would have destroyed all the work that had been constructed since before time began. The church would not have come into existence and the prophecies of Scripture would have been for nothing.
The significance of this fact cannot be overlooked. When people in the religious world teach salvation, they most often teach something contrary to what Peter answered them. Peter said, “Repent, and let everyone of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (2:38).
Any answer that contradicts this simple answer of Peter violates Scripture and the power of God (Galatians 1:8).
/1. Spiritual Sword 31:4:2
/2. Walter Schneider, New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology, 1:326.

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Richard lives in Florence, Alabama and is married to Deirdre. They have three daughters. He is an avid reader, devoted writer and lover of history and research. He is the author of "The Most Important Question" and is working on more books.

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