QUESTIONS TO THE CHURCH OF CHRIST (PART 8)

XI.  Response to question eleven continued.
       Review
             1.  What occurred in Acts 2 (Jews) about A.D. 30 and Acts 10 (Gentiles) about A.D. 37
                  is a fulfillment of the prophecy in Joel 2:28-32.
             2.  The Jews and Gentiles were brought from their Laws to Christianity.  Ephesians
                  2:13-22; Ephesians 3:1-6 (864)
       D.  The converts of Acts 10 were saved by God’s plan of salvation.  There is only one plan.
             1.  The question implies that the Gentiles were saved when they believed, without being
                  baptized, and received the Holy Spirit.

       E.  Let’s look at the sequence of what occurred.

             1.  The apostle Peter taught these Gentiles about Jesus.  Acts 10:34-43

             2.  These Gentiles were living under the Patriarchal Law, but needed to understand that
                  Christ had died for them to have eternal life.  Vv36,38,39,40,42,43.  The prophets
                  prophesied that whoever believes in Christ will receive remission of sins.

             3.  As Peter was speaking the Holy spirit fell on those who heard.  V44.  The Jews were
                  astonished because …….v45

             4.  These Gentiles began to speak in tongues (languages).  V46
                  a.  What did these Gentiles do to receive the out pouring of the Holy Spirit?  Nothing,
                       because they were passive.  It was God’s demonstration that the Gentiles were
                       accepted.  Joel 2:28-32 (671)

                  b.  Read Acts 2:1-4 (801); Acts 2:16-21 (whoever calls on the name of the Lord will
                       be saved); Acts 2:36-39 (802)

             5.  The Gentiles in Acts 10 were commanded to be baptized.  Acts 10:48

        F.  Is there a conflict between Acts 10:43 and Acts 2:38?  No

             1.  Acts 10: 43 places emphasis on the one (                     )  in whom we are to place our
                  Trust for the remission of sins.  Matthew 26:28 (727); Acts 2:21 from Joel 2:3.
             2.  Acts 2:38 places emphasis on the expression of our ______ by which we have remission
                  of sins.
             3.  Acts 10:43 emphasizes God’s grace through Jesus and Acts 2:38 emphasizes our faith
                  in obedience to Christ.
             4.  Both passages point straight to Matthew 26:28

  Closing:  Will the person who believes in faith only be true to his conviction and refuse to be
                 baptized or engage in any other human response?  Would it be wise to trust such lack
                 of action on everlasting life?  Matthew 7:20,21,24,25