The Fulfillment of the Law

17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.(A) 18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.(B)

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29 Jesus replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures(A) or the power of God.

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33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.(A)

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44 He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you:(A) Everything must be fulfilled(B) that is written about me in the Law of Moses,(C) the Prophets(D) and the Psalms.”(E)

45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. 46 He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer(F) and rise from the dead on the third day,(G)

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39 You study[a] the Scriptures(A) diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life.(B) These are the very Scriptures that testify about me,(C)

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  1. John 5:39 Or 39 Study

13 But when he, the Spirit of truth,(A) comes, he will guide you into all the truth.(B) He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14 He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine.(C) That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.”

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17 Sanctify them by[a] the truth; your word is truth.(A)

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  1. John 17:17 Or them to live in accordance with

16 No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:

17 “‘In the last days, God says,
    I will pour out my Spirit on all people.(A)
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,(B)
    your young men will see visions,
    your old men will dream dreams.
18 Even on my servants, both men and women,
    I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
    and they will prophesy.(C)
19 I will show wonders in the heavens above
    and signs on the earth below,(D)
    blood and fire and billows of smoke.
20 The sun will be turned to darkness
    and the moon to blood(E)
    before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
21 And everyone who calls
    on the name of the Lord(F) will be saved.’[a](G)

22 “Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth(H) was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs,(I) which God did among you through him,(J) as you yourselves know. 23 This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge;(K) and you, with the help of wicked men,[b] put him to death by nailing him to the cross.(L) 24 But God raised him from the dead,(M) freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.(N) 25 David said about him:

“‘I saw the Lord always before me.
    Because he is at my right hand,
    I will not be shaken.
26 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
    my body also will rest in hope,
27 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
    you will not let your holy one see decay.(O)
28 You have made known to me the paths of life;
    you will fill me with joy in your presence.’[c](P)

29 “Fellow Israelites,(Q) I can tell you confidently that the patriarch(R) David died and was buried,(S) and his tomb is here(T) to this day. 30 But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that he would place one of his descendants on his throne.(U) 31 Seeing what was to come, he spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, that he was not abandoned to the realm of the dead, nor did his body see decay.(V) 32 God has raised this Jesus to life,(W) and we are all witnesses(X) of it. 33 Exalted(Y) to the right hand of God,(Z) he has received from the Father(AA) the promised Holy Spirit(AB) and has poured out(AC) what you now see and hear. 34 For David did not ascend to heaven, and yet he said,

“‘The Lord said to my Lord:
    “Sit at my right hand
35 until I make your enemies
    a footstool for your feet.”’[d](AD)

36 “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord(AE) and Messiah.”(AF)

37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”(AG)

38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized,(AH) every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.(AI) And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.(AJ) 39 The promise is for you and your children(AK) and for all who are far off(AL)—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”

40 With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.”(AM) 41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number(AN) that day.

The Fellowship of the Believers

42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching(AO) and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread(AP) and to prayer.(AQ) 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles.(AR) 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common.(AS) 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.(AT) 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts.(AU) They broke bread(AV) in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.(AW) And the Lord added to their number(AX) daily those who were being saved.

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Footnotes

  1. Acts 2:21 Joel 2:28-32
  2. Acts 2:23 Or of those not having the law (that is, Gentiles)
  3. Acts 2:28 Psalm 16:8-11 (see Septuagint)
  4. Acts 2:35 Psalm 110:1

11 Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica,(A) for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures(B) every day to see if what Paul said was true.(C)

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For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us,(A) so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.

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25 Now to him who is able(A) to establish you in accordance with my gospel,(B) the message I proclaim about Jesus Christ, in keeping with the revelation of the mystery(C) hidden for long ages past, 26 but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings(D) by the command of the eternal God, so that all the Gentiles might come to the obedience that comes from[a] faith(E)

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  1. Romans 16:26 Or that is

15 and how from infancy(A) you have known the Holy Scriptures,(B) which are able to make you wise(C) for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed(D) and is useful for teaching,(E) rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,(F) 17 so that the servant of God[a](G) may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.(H)

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  1. 2 Timothy 3:17 Or that you, a man of God,

God’s Final Word: His Son

In the past God spoke(A) to our ancestors through the prophets(B) at many times and in various ways,(C) but in these last days(D) he has spoken to us by his Son,(E) whom he appointed heir(F) of all things, and through whom(G) also he made the universe.(H)

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12 For the word of God(A) is alive(B) and active.(C) Sharper than any double-edged sword,(D) it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.(E)

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25     but the word of the Lord endures forever.”[a](A)

And this is the word that was preached to you.

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  1. 1 Peter 1:25 Isaiah 40:6-8 (see Septuagint)

19 We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable,(A) and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light(B) shining in a dark place, until the day dawns(C) and the morning star(D) rises in your hearts.(E) 20 Above all, you must understand(F) that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God(G) as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.(H)

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