“Brothers, I may say to you with confidence about the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne, he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption. 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.”
Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”
This is the way Scripture is – it “cuts to the heart” (verse 37). I use to think I was the one who needed to speak just the right words to witness effectively, as if my words were the main factor in someone’s decision to come to know Christ; but I have news for you, my words and your words don’t matter all that much.
If you look at our story, it appears Peter has done a great job of interpreting Scripture, as well as prophesy relating to the Messiah. His words are convincing and convicting, so it appears that it was Peter who led three thousand people to Christ that day, right? Wrong!!! Just the opposite is true. Peter was a fisherman, he wasn’t a scholar (like Paul), so where did he get the words? The answer is: he was fully surrendered to the power of the Spirit. The Word (Scripture) was in him and the Spirit was upon him – he was simply an instrument.
2 Timothy 3:16 tells us that “All Scripture is God breathed, and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” Do you think a person has to be a believer before Scripture can “cut them to the heart”? The Word of God speaks to everyone no matter who they are or what they say they believe. Scripture cuts to the heart then asks the next question: “Brothers, what shall we do?”
Something to think about on this beautiful Wednesday.
Shalom, until tomorrow, Lord willing,