Summary of passage: Jesus, accredited by God, was handed over to you for God’s purpose and put to death. But he rose again. Peter quotes David speaking of Jesus and God who will never abandon us and has just blessed them (the people) with the Holy Spirit. In essence, the people crucified God and about 3000 repented and were baptized with the Holy Spirit.
The converts lived together and shared everything, giving to those in need and following God.
6) They just realized they had killed their Lord, God, in the form of Jesus, the sent Savior. We are all responsible for Jesus’s death because if we weren’t sinners in need of saving, Jesus wouldn’t have had to die. But Jesus died to save all people. We are his if we accept.
Cutting hearts also opens them up to receive the word of God. “They were cut to the heart” means they were opened up to Jesus and accepted.
7) Part-personal Question. My answer: Repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ and you will receive the Holy Spirit. 3000 did just that. Same way today. People repent (turn to God), are baptized for Jesus, and go into the world and do His will and follow His commands which are to walk in His ways and love others.
Conclusions: That’s it? Straight-forward. We see God’s people are those who repent and accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Period.
End Notes: Although it was God’s plan to crucify His son, the people are still responsible for allowing it to happen and their role in it. God didn’t kill His only Son–the people did.
Peter quotes 3 Old Testament passages here. The last, Psalm 110:1 is the most quoted OT verse in the NT.
Peter’s whole point here is to say Jesus is God.
Jews were not baptized. Gentiles were baptized to become Jews. Jesus began the whole baptism acceptance of him and the Lord when he was baptized. So people are to follow his example today.
Note the promise of the Holy Spirit is for all future generations. We are all His if we choose to be so.
Great examples of fellowship and the importance of believers coming together to care for one another and others. Note the breaking of bread began when Jesus did it and the early church took it up immediately thereafter.