This Jesus God raised up, and of that we are all witnesses.
Acts 2:32, RSV
让我们见证西门彼得生命的改变。在五旬节之前，他很软弱。他虽然曾经信誓旦旦，却在最后关头不认主。他被众人耻笑、被侍女羞辱，还是投奔了敌人。但是，五旬节圣灵之火降临之后，他怎么样？他放胆在众人面前开口讲道，毫无畏惧。“故此， 以色列全家当确实地知道，你们钉在十字架上的这位耶稣，神已经立他为主，为基督了。”（徒2:36 ）
Witness the transformation in Simon Peter. He was so weak before Pentecost that, in spite of his bragging to the contrary, he swore and denied Christ. He was cowed by the crowd, shamed by a little maid, and took his place with the enemies of Christ.But see him after he had been baptized with fire! He stands boldly before the same rabble that had crucified Jesus, and looking into their faces, unafraid, says, “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ” (Acts 2:36)
Peter, the weak, was transformed to Peter, the rock. Saul, the slaughterer, was transformed to Paul, the missionary. All of the disciples were changed from ordinary individuals into virtual firebrands for God. Their faith and zeal started a conflagration which spread throughout Asia Minor, Europe, and the entire world. The world today still feels the powerful impact and influence of this little band of dedicated men who dared to expose themselves to the “Divine Flame.”A bar of raw steel may be purchased for a few dollars. But when that bar of steel has been thrust into the fires and processed, when it has been tempered and forged and made into tiny watch springs for expensive watches, it is worth thousands of dollars. Fire and the skilled hands of master artisans made the difference, enhancing the value.Just as the sun by its heart and light performs a thousand miracles a day in the plant kingdom, God through the refining fire of His Spirit performs a thousand miracles a day in the spiritual realm. His regeneration power is ever at work in the world, taking the ashes of burned-out lives and changing them to dynamic channels, dedicated to winning the salvation of others!