So they were all amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “Whatever could this mean?” Others mocking said, “They are full of new wine.” But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words. For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel. (Acts 2:12-16)
The Church In The Old Testament
Jesus is the Head of the church. He purchased the redeemed by His blood and became the Savior to all those who believe in Him. The New Testament is the testimony of God’s divine plan to establish His kingdom among men so they may serve Him and open the doors of salvation to the lost. Luke records the events of the Day of Pentecost when the twelve apostles ushered in the beginning of the church through the power of the Holy Spirit. Three thousand people obeyed the good news of Christ and the Lord added to the church those who were saved. The ministries of Peter and Paul fill the book of Acts as the infant church grew spreading its borders to farthest reaches of the world. Every generation is blessed by the existence of the church of Christ in every corner of the world as God’s love shines in the hearts of His people.
What is seldom recognized among many in the religious world is the church was in the eternal mind of God. Paul will prove them in his writings but looking at the events of Pentecost and the reaction of the people establishes the foundation of the church came long before Peter’s stirring message. Jesus had told the apostles to remain in Jerusalem and they would be endued from on high with the Holy Spirit. Ten days after the Lord ascended to the Father the Holy Spirit came with great power to the city of Jerusalem and the twelve apostles. A sound came from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind. Tongues as of fire appeared upon each of the apostles and being filled with the Holy Spirit they began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterances. These events astonished the people and they were unsure what it meant. Part of the confusion was seeing common Galileans speaking in all the different languages of the world. Some were perplexed while still others disbelieved mocking what they saw. There were those who thought the apostles were acting like drunken men.
In a sweeping statement of inspiration, Peter begins to explain the events as a fulfillment of something Joel wrote eight hundred years before. This is vital for the Jews of that day to see what was coming to pass was clearly stated in the ancient holy scrip. Peter will quote from Joel and the prophet David to prove that Jesus was the Christ the Son of God. When he explains that Joel prophesied of this day it shows the church was in the mind of God long before the period of the New Testament. The church of Christ was not an afterthought because the Jews killed Jesus. God had planned for the church to be established on this day before the world was formed. Among the evidences of testimony was the writing of Joel. The key word in the answer of Peter is when he said “THIS” is what was spoken by the prophet Joel. There is no doubt the establishment of the church is referenced by Joel as Peter explains. The glory of the church is finally revealed on the Day of Pentecost and salvation has come to Jew and Gentile alike through the blood of Jesus Christ. What we are part of today is what Joel spoke about in his day because the church of Christ is the glory of His Son. Thank you God for you great hope in the body of Christ.