First Time a Name Combines With These Two Things
Apostle Peter commences to preach repentance and remission of sins to the people at Jerusalem in the name of Jesus Christ.
Below, note how he constantly refers to the Old Testament (OT) Scriptures. He must use them because he was speaking to Jews. Additionally, they are his only authority.
“Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear” (Acts 2:33).
On the Day of Pentecost, Peter tells the people, what you see happening here today is not the work of man but God’s.
Then, he touched on something dear to me. Again, Peter explains: Jesus sends his Holy Ghost, “which ye now see and hear” (Acts 2:33).
When the Promise of the Father comes, these two features are always present: you must see His manifestation and you must hear Him speak. You must see and hear.
If Neither Lord nor Christ is a Name: What is Jesus?
“For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand” (Acts 2:34).
“Until I make thy foes thy footstool” (Acts 2:35 & Psalm 110:1).
“Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made the same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ” (Acts 2:36).
Who is Lord? Who is Christ? Jesus! He is both Lord and Christ!
“Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do” (Acts 2:37)?
But Jesus is a gentleman. He does not force you to do anything. As a matter of fact, he knocks on your heart’s door and waits.
Learn How the Lord Knocks on These
“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me” (Revelation 3:20).
Recall, that the Lord speaks through the Holy Ghost and the Holy Ghost via his disciples. Therefore, it’s the preaching of Peter’s voice that knocks at the hearts of these people.
With the hearts of the people stirred, Peter guides them.
“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” (Acts 2:38)
Peter was a master at persuasion. He knew that the people having received and accepted the Word of God, now it was easy for them to repent.
Peter Makes “The Call” in His Name
Therefore, he makes “the call”. He invites them to allow Jesus Christ into their heart via repentance.
As a result, Peter explains:
“For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call” (Acts 2:39).
Anytime you reject the preacher’s call to repent you reject Jesus Christ. He sent him or her. This represents the Lord calling you to repent.
Again, if you hear the preaching, He is calling you. Don’t reject the Lord. Accept Him today as Lord of your life.
“And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation” (Acts 2:40).
Apostle Peter tells us that the manifestation of the Promise of the Father is from heaven.
He emphasis two qualities: “see and hear” (Acts 2:33). The Believer who recently receives the Holy Ghost always speaks “with tongues” and moves in the Spirit. This is never a silent or quite experience.
These are not the only signs that the Promise of the Father has come, but they are always the initial ones.
According to the Gospel of Luke, Jesus prophecy about Peter’s preaching on the Day of Pentecost.
Jesus’ last word to them include:
Preaching Repentance and Remission of Sins via His Name?
“And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem” (Luke 24:47).
Peter’s call in Act 2:38 fulfills this. This is new. This is the first time anyone declares that a name: “Jesus Christ”, has power to turn hearts to God and remove sins.
This preaching makes John’s Baptism unto Repentance obsolete. It is superior.
The name Jesus Christ accomplishes repentance and remission of sins via water baptism while calling on it. Revolutionary!
Finally, save yourself, for only you can receive and accept the Word of God. And above, Peter tells you how.