Lesson 6 - Question 26 of 38 

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Examples of Faith - The Disciples' Faith is Tested:

After Jesus ascended to heaven, the disciples were faced with a decision.  Would their faith cause them to obey what Jesus had commanded...or would they shrink back?

Let's look at how through faith the disciples obeyed Jesus' teachings:

Jesus' Words After He Rose from the Dead
 and Before He Ascended to Heaven
Matthew 28:16-20, Mark 16:15-16, Luke 24:44-49,
John 20:21-23, John 21:15-19, Acts 1:4-9

Jesus' Commands

Related Promises

Go into all the world, beginning in Jerusalem.  Preach the gospel to all creation. Preach about repentance, belief and baptism for the forgiveness of sins. Jesus would be with them always, even until the end of the age.
Baptizing in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Those that believed, repented and were baptized would receive the forgiveness of sins.
Teaching them to observe all that Jesus commands.
Those that believed, repented and were baptized would receive the forgiveness of sins.
Stay in Jerusalem until they receive the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit would come upon them in Jerusalem.
Peter to shepherd and feed Jesus' flock. Jesus told them the manner in which they would die.

The Disciples Return to Jerusalem:

After watching Jesus ascend in a cloud to heaven, the disciples returned to Jerusalem, as the Lord had commanded:

"Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day's journey away." Acts 1:12

On the Day of Pentecost - The Holy Spirit is Poured out:

The Day of Pentecost* was 50 days after Jesus rose from the dead.  As Jesus promised to the apostles, the Holy Spirit is poured out on them.  The Holy Spirit allowed the people in Jerusalem to each hear what the apostles were saying in their own language:

And when the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent, rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance. 5 Now there were Jews living in Jerusalem, devout men, from every nation under heaven. 6 And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were bewildered, because they were each one hearing them speak in his own language. 7 And they were amazed and marveled, saying, "Why, are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 "And how is it that we each hear them in our own language to which we were born? 9 "Parthians and Medes and Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the districts of Libya around Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11 Cretans and Arabs-- we hear them in our own tongues speaking of the mighty deeds of God." Acts 2:1-11


According to Acts 1:12 and Acts 2, the disciples in faith obeyed Jesus' teachings and remained in Jerusalem until the Holy Spirit was poured out as Jesus had promised.  When the Holy Spirit was poured out, it allowed those in Jerusalem to hear what from the apostles?

  1. Each could hear what the apostles were saying in their own language.
  2. Each heard a new language that they did not understand.
  3. They heard nothing.

In Own Language Non-Understandable Nothing

* Note on the Day of Pentecost.  The Jews counted down 7 weeks after the Sabbath (49 days) and then on the next day (the 50th day--A Sunday) would celebrate the Festival of Weeks (later called the Day of Pentecost -- Pente = 50)--see Deuteronomy 16:9.  The Passover was on the Sabbath day (The 7th day of the week - Saturday).  Jesus arose from the dead on a Sunday (the 1st of of the week - see Matthew 28:1, Mark 16:9).  This was three days after He had been crucified (see Luke 24:21-22).