Notice verse 37 again, “Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?”
- Why were these men pricked in their hearts?
- They saw the consequence of rejecting Christ verse 36.
- They saw the need of salvation and the Saviour verses 37-40.
- How were they pricked in their hearts?
- Through the preaching of the Word of God verse 40.
- By Peter’s testimony of an exalted Saviour.
- Notice the importance of giving our own personal testimony in these verses 3:12-16; 4:1-14.
- By the power of the Holy Spirit, 4:29-37; 5:1-3, 29 39.
- What was the result of their being pricked in their hearts?
- They turned from their terrible sin, verse 38.
- They publicly confessed their sin by accepting Christ, verse 41.
- They were saved, verse 47.
- They found deep and lasting joy, verse 46.
- They received the Holy Spirit, verses 38-39.
- They added to the church daily, verse 41.
Three very important lessons:
THE BIBLE SETS OUR CONVICTIONS IN THE MATTER OF SALVATION
John 15:16-19; John 3.
THE BIBLE SETS OUR CONVICTIONS IN THE MATTER OF SIN
- What is sin?
- A transgression of God’s law, I John 3:4.
- All unrighteousness, I John 5:17.
- Omission of duty, James 4:17.
- Whatever is not of faith, Romans 14:23.
- Even the thought of foolishness, Proverbs 24:9
- Where does sin come from?
- From Satan, John 8:44.
- From the heart, Matthew 15:19
THE BIBLE SETS OUR CONVICTION IN THE MATTER OF SEPARATION
2 Corinthians 6:14-18 and Amos 3:3, “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?”
I am of the firm Biblical belief that marriages and partnerships between Christians and unbelievers rarely work. Of course, there are always exceptions, but do not think for a moment that you live a life of exceptions.