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Acts 2:36–39 Repent and be Baptized

posted Jul 10, 2020, 8:48 AM by Jacob Boer

Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.” When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”

We’re reminded over and over again in the Bible that while God is a just God, he is also a God of mercy who never gives up on his people and keeps showing up again and again to save us. But our response needs to be more than, “That’s nice,” our response needs to be to accept Jesus’ call to “Follow me,” and to “carry our crosses,” in order to be his presence in this world and to carry on the work he has begin in calling the world back to God. Jesus’ sacrifice is greater than anything we can ever imagine and our response needs to be a whole-hearted giving over of our lives to Jesus which is what baptism signifies.

CT Article 5. God holds this world with fierce love. Keeping his promise, he sends Jesus into the world, pours out the Holy Spirit, and announces the good news: sinners who repent and believe in Jesus live anew as members of the family of God—the firstfruits of a new creation.