FRIDAY, JANUARY 22
Scripture: Acts 13:26-34
Acts 13:26-34 says, “Men and brethren, sons of the family of Abraham, and those among you who fear God, to you the word of this salvation has been sent. For those who dwell in Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they did not know Him, nor even the voices of the Prophets which are read every Sabbath, have fulfilled them in condemning Him. And though they found no cause for death in Him, they asked Pilate that He should be put to death. Now when they had fulfilled all that was written concerning Him, they took Him down from the tree and laid Him in a tomb. But God raised Him from the dead. He was seen for many days by those who came up with Him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are His witnesses to the people. And we declare to you glad tidings—that promise which was made to the fathers. God has fulfilled this for us their children, in that He has raised up Jesus. As it is also written in the second Psalm: ‘You are My Son. Today I have begotten You.” And that He raised Him from the dead, no more to return to corruption, He has spoken thus: ‘I will give you the sure mercies of David.’” This is a part of the longest recorded message that the Apostle Paul ever preached that is recorded in the New Testament. Notice here the core of his message. God has fulfilled His promises to us. Jesus has been resurrected. We declare to you the best news ever. The promise was made to the fathers and God has fulfilled it for us their children. Here we are promised the sure mercies of David. David according to Acts 4 wrote the quoted passage spoken here by Peter. In order for us to possess the promise of nations out of Psalm 2, He also gave us the same covenant that He gave to King David so that the prophecy of King David could be fulfilled by the church. We have it! Will we use it the way God intended? That is the question. You and I are the only ones that can answer it.