Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Peter's Discourses In Acts And The Life Of Jesus

TWH: There are thirteen discourses in Acts. Five belong to Peter (2:14–39; 3:12–26; 4:8–12; 10:35–43; 11:5–18). One belongs to Stephen (7:1–53). And the remaining seven belong to Paul (13:17–41; 17:22–31; 20:18–35; 22:3–21; 24:10–21; 26:2–29; 28:23–28). What details do they provide about the life of Jesus? The sole discourse of Stephen contains no details about the life of Jesus. Luke only recorded his defense before the high priest and his tracing of Israel's unbelief. Also, the final discourse of Peter is an explanation of what actually led him to the Gentiles, not a proclamation of the gospel or testimony to Jesus' ministry. So, here is what we find just from Peter's discourses.
1. Jesus' life, death, and resurrection is connected to the eschatological promises made to Israel (2:16–21, 25–28, 30–31, 34–35; 3:21–25).
2. Jesus' ministry began after John the Baptist's (10:37).
3. He was from Nazareth (2:22; 4:10; 10:38).
4. He was a man (2:22).
5. God (the Father) performed miracles, wonders, signs, and acts of kindness through him in order to identify to Israel that he was the Messiah (2:22; 10:38).
6. He is the one God's plan promised since the very beginning (2:23; 3:18).
7. He was put to death via crucifixion (2:23; 4:10; 10:39).
8. The Roman authorities were ultimately the ones who crucified Jesus, but they did so at the urging of the Jewish people, after Pilate had decided to release him but the Jews requested the release of a murderer in his place (2:23, 36; 3:13–14; 4:10)––and all of this done out of ignorance (3:17).
9. He was raised from the dead (2:24; 3:15, 26; 4:10–11; 10:40).
10. He was glorified by God (the Father) (3:13).
11. He appeared to people in Israel after he was resurrected (2:32; 3:15; 10:40–41).
12. He ordered his disciples to preach and tell others about him (10:42).
13. He was exalted to the right hand of God (2:33).
14. He sent the Holy Spirit (2:33).
15. God (the Father) made him both Lord and Christ (2:36; 3:20; 4:12; 10:36) and Judge (10:42).
16. Miracles continued after his exaltation and they were connected to faith in his name (3:16; 4:9–10).
17. Believing in him, of which repentance is essential, is the ultimate response associated with the proclamation of the message of Jesus' life to an audience of unbelievers (2:38; 3:19; 10:43).

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