Signficant Points in Peter's Message
Jesus’ home life in Galilee and baptism
“You know” shows that they in fact had heard about Jesus Christ.
God’s anointing of Jesus by Holy Spirit
Pay attention to this point. The same Spirit that anointed Jesus (Christ means anointed one) will in fact anoint them. God didn’t even wait for the message to be finished (10:44)!
Did good and healed those oppressed by the devil
God did these things through Jesus. It was God showing His power and love through Christ.
They testified that they witnessed all these things
Peter and others witnessed all this. They saw all of Christ’s life in Jerusalem and the surrounding areas.
They put Him to death by hanging Him on a cross
The Jews not only heard about Christ but in fact responsible for putting Him there. He died there. There is no possibility for the Swoon theory. Peter and others witnessed His death.
God raised Jesus up on the third day
God raised Jesus from the dead on the third day and had a number of people see Him alive and visible. He was no ghost or spirit.
They were among the chosen witnesses to see Him alive from the dead
No bragging allowed. Nor was Peter alone witnessing these things.
Jesus ate and drank with them after He arose from the dead
This shows that it was a bodily resurrection. Several heresies arose claiming that the flesh is evil (influence of Greek philosophy) and therefore stated that Jesus only ‘spiritually’ arose. Peter clearly says of Jesus that he ‘ate and drank.’ Jesus bodily arose from the dead.
He ordered them to preach to the people
Peter finally catches on why he was there! God appointed him as one of the apostles to clearly declare what went on with Jesus Christ and what it all meant.
Forgiveness is granted to everyone who believes as is testified through all the prophets.
Again, we see that the Old testament is coming to his mind and sees that man is saved by faith in Christ rather than keeping the law.
Opening his mouth, Peter said: "I most certainly understand now that God is not one to show partiality, but in every nation the man who fears Him and does what is right is welcome to Him. The word which He sent to the sons of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ (He is Lord of all)--you yourselves know the thing which took place throughout all Judea, starting from Galilee, after the baptism which John proclaimed. You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.
We are witnesses of all the things He did both in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem They also put Him to death by hanging Him on a cross. God raised Him up on the third day and granted that He become visible, not to all the people, but to witnesses who were chosen beforehand by God, that is, to us who ate and drank with Him after He arose from the dead.
And He ordered us to preach to the people, and solemnly to testify that this is the One who has been appointed by God as Judge of the living and the dead. Of Him all the prophets bear witness that through His name everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins. While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who were listening to the message.