THE FIRST SERMON OF PETER
1) Peter used the prophecy of Joel 2:28-32 in support of
Acts 2:17-21 'And it shall come to pass in the last days, says
God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and
your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your
old men shall dream dreams. And on My menservants and on My
maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; And they shall
prophesy. I will show wonders in heaven above And signs in the earth
beneath: Blood and fire and vapor of smoke. The sun shall be
turned into darkness, And the moon into blood, Before the coming of
the great and awesome day of the LORD. And it shall come to pass
That whoever calls on the name of the LORD Shall be saved.'
Note: This prophecy is about the last days before the
return of Jesus Christ to the earth.
Matthew 24:29-30 "Immediately after the tribulation of those days
the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the
stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be
shaken. Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and
then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the
Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great
2) Peter accused the Jewish people of the murder of Jesus
Acts 2:22-23 "Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth,
a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which
God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know; him,
being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God,
you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death;"
Note: God gave His Son as a sacrifice for our sins from the
beginning of time.
John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only
begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have
Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that
while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
1 Corinthians 15:3 For I delivered to you first of all that which
I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the
1 Thess. 5:9-10 For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain
salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that
whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.
Revelation 13:8 All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose
names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain
from the foundation of the world.
Note: We are not to judge people.
Matthew 7:1-2 "Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what
judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use,
it will be measured back to you."
Romans 2:1 Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are
who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself;
for you who judge practice the same things.
Romans 14:10 But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show
contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment
seat of Christ.
James 4:12 There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to
destroy. Who are you to judge another?
3) Peter said that Jesus was made into the Christ.
Acts 2:36 "Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly
that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and
Note: Jesus was the Christ from before time.
Micah 5:2 "But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are little
among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me
The One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old,
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we
beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,
full of grace and truth.
John 8:58 Jesus said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you,
before Abraham was, I AM."
Philippians 2:5-7 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ
Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to
be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form
of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.
Hebrews 1:10-12 And: "You, LORD, in the beginning laid the
foundation of the earth, And the heavens are the work of Your hands.
They will perish, but You remain; And they will all grow old like a
garment; like a cloak You will fold them up, And they will be
changed. But You are the same, And Your years will not fail."
Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and
4) Peter declared that baptism was neccessary for remission of
Acts 2:38 Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of
you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of
sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit."
Note: Paul declared that baptism was not the gospel.
1 Cor. 1:17-18 For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to
preach the gospel, not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ
should be made of no effect. For the message of the cross is
foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved
it is the power of God.
Note: Peter changed his message for his second sermon.
Acts 3:19 "Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may
be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the
presence of the Lord."
Note: Peter was wrong many other times in the New
Mat. 16:22-23 Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him,
saying, "Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!" But
He turned and said to Peter, "Get behind Me, Satan! You are an
offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the
things of men."
Mark 14:29-30 Peter said to Him, "Even if all are made to stumble,
yet I will not be." Jesus said to him, "Assuredly, I say to you that
today, even this night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny
Me three times."
Luke 22:58-60 And after a little while another saw him and said,
"You also are of them." But Peter said, "Man, I am not!" Then after
about an hour had passed, another confidently affirmed, saying,
"Surely this fellow also was with Him, for he is a Galilean." But
Peter said, "Man, I do not know what you are saying!" Immediately,
while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed.
John 13:6-8 Then He came to Simon Peter. And Peter said to Him,
"Lord, are You washing my feet?" Jesus answered and said to him,
"What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after
this." Peter said to Him, "You shall never wash my feet!" Jesus
answered him, "If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me."
Galatians 2:11-14 Now when Peter had come to Antioch, I withstood
him to his face, because he was to be blamed; for before certain men
came from James, he would eat with the Gentiles; but when they came,
he withdrew and separated himself, fearing those who were of the
circumcision. And the rest of the Jews also played the hypocrite with
him, so that even Barnabas was carried away with their hypocrisy. But
when I saw that they were not straightforward about the truth of the
gospel, I said to Peter before them all, "If you, being a Jew, live
in the manner of Gentiles and not as the Jews, why do you compel
Gentiles to live as Jews?
1 Corinthians 1:23 But we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews
a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness.
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