A C T S.
Between the promise of the Messiah (even the
latest of those promises) and his coming many ages intervened; but
between the promise of the Spirit and his coming there were but a
few days; and during those days the apostles, though they had
received orders to preach the gospel to every creature, and to
begin at Jerusalem, yet lay perfectly wind-bound,
incognito—concealed, and not offering to preach. But in this
chapter the north wind and the south wind awake, and then they
awake, and we have them in the pulpit presently. Here is, I. The
descent of the Spirit upon the apostles, and those that were with
them, on the day of pentecost, ver.
1-4. II. The various speculations which this occasioned
among the people that were now met in Jerusalem from all parts,
ver. 5-13. III. The sermon
which Peter preached to them hereupon, wherein he shows that this
pouring out of the Spirit was the accomplishment of an
Old-Testament promise (ver.
14-21), that it was a confirmation of Christ's being the
Messiah, which was already proved by his resurrection (ver. 22-32), and that is was a
fruit and evidence of his ascension into heaven, ver. 33-36. IV. The good effect of this
sermon in the conversion of many to the faith of Christ, and their
addition to the church, ver.
37-41. V. The eminent piety and charity of those
primitive Christians, and the manifest tokens of God's presence
with them, and power in them, ver.