The Holy Spirit is For Every Nation of People


As a child, we used to tease one another for things the other did not have. The teasing was worse if the person had no chance of getting what another had. Exclusivity is an awful thing for those not included. You remember things like a person getting an invite to a private party. They got the invitation and waved in another’s face if uninvited. It could have been as simple and innocent as grade school crushes where a girl brought those candied hearts and gave to one guy and every other desiring heart was left out.

Feeling left out hurts because it communicates that we are not good enough, that there is something inherently wrong with us. Feeling left out, at its core, is simple yet heart-breaking rejection. We learn in Acts 10 that no man has to feel left out or rejected by God. With all the exclusivity the Jews felt, God made it plain to Peter that there is a place in Israel, God’s people, for those of every nation or people group. He realized that when he saw that The Holy Spirit is For Every Nation of People. Hear what Peter said.

34 Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism 35 but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right. 36 You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, announcing the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. 37 You know what has happened throughout the province of Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached— 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.

39 “We are witnesses of everything he did in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They killed him by hanging him on a cross, 40 but God raised him from the dead on the third day and caused him to be seen. 41 He was not seen by all the people, but by witnesses whom God had already chosen—by us who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42 He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. 43 All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”

44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. 45 The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on Gentiles. 46 For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God.

Then Peter said, 47 “Surely no one can stand in the way of their being baptized with water. They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.” 48 So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked Peter to stay with them for a few days.

In those verses, we see the exclusivity of the Jews unraveled as they had known. In Acts 1:8, Jesus told them “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Jesus told the original disciples this.

Now Peter realized that this was for everyone whom the triune God discloses Himself. Peter realizes the authentication of the Gentiles inclusion in Christ by acknowledging that they had received the Holy Spirit, then baptizing them in the name of Jesus Christ then staying with them. As you know, it was not Jewish custom to fellowship with Gentiles. Christ destroyed those divisive lines and included all who would believe in Him evidencing The Holy Spirit is For Every Nation of People.

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