Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptised, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
Peter finishes his Pentecost address to the gathered crowd by declaring that Jesus is Lord and Messiah.
The people are cut to the heart by his message. They ask, “What should we do?” Peter tells them they must repent and be baptised for the forgiveness of their sins. Then they will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
So Peter continues to exhort them, and three thousand people receive the message and are baptised.
God calls on us simply to repent and be baptised.
All we have to do is turn from our sins in response to the gospel. Baptism is the outward sign that we have died to our old nature and risen to new life in Him.
A simple step of faith accepting that He is Lord of all.
As we take this step of repentance, He meets us with forgiveness and the Holy Spirit,
All my sins are gone, washed away by the blood of Christ, deleted from the record, all because of God’s grace given to me in Christ.
Because I am so weak and unable to live God’s way in my own human strength, He places His Spirit in me.
My decision to follow Jesus activates a whole new life, a gift from God.
This is awesome!
And it’s not just for those who were immediately hearing Peter’s message that day so long ago. It is for everyone, for those who are near and for those who are far away- in space and time.
The power of God to change lives is not restricted in any way. Nobody is too old or too young, too sinful or too good, too rich or too poor,
Everyone who call son the name of the Lord Jesus Christ will be saved.
Thank you Lord for reaching down to me. I was lost in my sin, but you brought me home to you. Thank you Lord that your grace is even bigger than my sin. Amen.