Acts 2:43 NKJV Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.
A great reverence and awe fell upon this entire community as 3,000 people gladly received Jesus as their Lord, were baptized, and devoutly continued to follow the teachings of the Apostles. It was just a few weeks before that many of these same people had been shouting “crucify Him” and now they have believed on Him as Messiah. The verse records that a great many wonders and signs were now also being done through the Apostles of Jesus. Now notice the first word in this verse. It says “then”.
Before this great reverential fear took hold of the community, before these many signs and wonders were done, before these 3,000 people were saved and baptized, Peter overcame fear. On the day of Pentecost Peter, who 7 weeks prior had denied even knowing Jesus when inquired by a lowly servant girl (Luke 22:54), stands up with the other apostles and addresses a large crowd that had gathered after hearing the sound of a rushing mighty wind (Acts 2:2,6) and then hears the disciples off Jesus who were in the upper room all speaking and praising God in many different languages not previously known to them. Something happened to Peter. A few things actually.
The first thing to note is that Peter had been born-again. Peter had seen and spent 40 days with Jesus after His death, burial, and subsequent resurrection. Peter knew Jesus was alive from the dead and determined to follow the risen Lord (John 21:1-10, Romans 10:9-10, Acts 1:3).
Peter also received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4). This new encounter and relationship with the Spirit of God not only empowered Peter and the others for the supernatural ministry that would follow, but also brought an increased confidence & boldness through this encounter that Jesus he would, “receive power” through to “be witnesses to Me (Jesus)” throughout the world (Acts 1:8).
Thirdly, Peter wasn’t standing alone. Although there would be times he might be physically alone in the future, this day he had 119 of his closest friends and supporters nearby. Acts 2:14 says that as he stood to address the crowd and explain to them what they were seeing and hearing the other 11 apostles (original 10 and Matthias chosen to replace Judas) stood up with him. It is easier to be courageous when you have support.
All these things added to the boldness of Peter as he ministered to the multitudes that day. He had received the fearless nature of Christ through the New Birth. He had received supernatural power and boldness through the baptism of the Holy Spirit. And he had a core group of people that were standing with and supporting him. He fearlessly stepped out to proclaim the Gospel of Christ and explain the move of the Spirit, “THEN” a holy fear came upon everyone in Jerusalem. You too can be bold and live fearless. Be born-again giving your life to Christ. Pray for and receive the baptism in the Spirit (Luke 11:9-13). Congregate with other like-minded Believers that will encourage you to step out in faith and be the light you are. Then stand up and be bold for Christ, who knows… maybe a holy fear will fall on your community too.