THE "FULLEST" GOOD NEWS
The time was fulfilled, the Holy Spirit came - and with Him came the power Who completed Christ's Good News:
"When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.
Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them," Acts 2'1-4.
And so the new life and ministry of the Disciples had begun. When the noisy reaction of his Jewish listeners had subsided Peter, starting with from Joel 2'28, raised his voice and explained:
"... this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God,
That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh',"
These "Jews and devout men from every nation under heaven" were in Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Pentecost. They had not expected anything like this!
When they heard Peter's message, that the crucified Jesus was Israel's Messiah, they were "pricked in their heart" and asked "what shall we do?".
He responded with these words:
“Repent, and let every one of you be immersed
in the name of Jesus Christ
for the remission of sins;
and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
For the promise is to you
and to your children
and to all who are afar off,
as many as the Lord our God will call," Acts 2'38-39.
The result was that those who "gladly received his word were immersed; and that day about three thousand souls were added.
"And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers," Acts 2'41-42.
As Peter pointed out, God was calling many - and many, many, more would believe.
The Holy Spirit had lit a powerful fire. And from its start among the people in Jerusalem it was taken to others:
Samaritans: "But when they believed Philip as he preached the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were immersed" (Acts 8'12).
Gentiles: "Simon has declared how God at the first visited the Gentiles to take out of them a people for His name" (Acts 15:14; 10'24-48).
Jews: "And he went into the synagogue and spoke boldly for three months, reasoning and persuading concerning the things of the kingdom of God" (Acts 19'8).
The rest: "... Paul dwelt two whole years in his own rented house and received all who came to him, preaching the kingdom of God and teaching the things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ" (Acts 28'30).
Remember, the promise is to you and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call. That's everyone who receives Christ, everywhere. Hallelujah!
This Good News of the Kingdom is more than what is sometimes referred to as "the full gospel". It is, when it is truly preached and received, the fullest gospel!