All mankind?

RE Verse reading–Acts 1:12-14, 2:1-18 (day one)  ” ‘In the last days’, God says, ‘I will pour forth of my Spirit upon all mankind. . .even upon my bondslaves.’ ” (2:17, 18)  I have a new question re. Acts 2.  Familiar story. The first disciples obey Christ and return to Jerusalem.  They wait and pray.  Pentecost arrives (an old Jewish holiday which God is pleased to “fill full” of new meaning, just as He had done Passover 50 day earlier)  They are baptized through the Holy Spirit.  The immediate effect is boldness of praise to God.  Ignoring the danger and the disapproval, they tell the great story!  Peter claims it fulfills Joel’s prophecy.  Here is my question.  Did God promise (in Joel) to pour His Spirit out on ALL mankind or on ALL WHO MEET THE CONDITIONS of salvation and surrender?  Are ALL people promised this blessing?  Do ALL who claim Christ have this boldness?  Who are the “bondservants” in vs 18?  Much to think about this week!

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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