Wednesday, May 24, 2017

12 or 120+12: WHO RECEIVED THE HOLY SPIRIT BAPTISM IN ACTS 2? Dan Mayfield

Does Acts 1 and 2 suggests that it was the 120, along with the Apostles, who were filled with the Spirit? According to the text, the "they were all together in one place" refers back to the antecedent, the apostles mentioned in Acts 1:26. And the proceeding text in chapter 2 bears this out in the use of the pronouns "they" and "them" carried through until v14 when it says "Peter, standing up with the eleven." Then later, when it says the audience was pricked, it says, "they were cut to the quick, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, 'Men and brethren, what shall we do?" v37. There is nothing in chapter 2 to suggest that the 120 of the previous chapter, nor the others mentioned in Luke 24:32,33, are the ones who received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Later in chapter 2, it again supports the contention that only the Apostles received this outpouring, saying, "Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done THROUGH THE APOSTLES." v43. There's not a shred of evidence to support the position that the 120 disciples also received the outpouring of Acts 2.

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