While the disciples were praying within a room, awaiting the promise of the Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit entered into their lives. When the Holy Spirit entered into the lives of the disciples, they began to speak the truth of God. They also began to speak in foreign languages that the Holy Spirit has blessed them with.
When the disciples began speaking the truth to the city around them, the individuals began to question and wonder whether the disciples were drunk and babbling in the streets. It was at that time that Peter leapt to his feet and spoke to the city about Jesus, the man that was crucified and rose from the grave.
“22 “Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know. 23 This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men. put him to death by nailing him to the cross. 24 But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.”
Peter revealed that Jesus was the man that God has brought to us to bring freedom and healing from the world of sin that we live in. Peter speaks on how Jesus was crucified for us sins so that we can approach God in prayer and with a humble heart.
Peter continues by explaining that Jesus was raised from the dead for the sole purpose of bringing all people into a personal relationship with God, where they can be transformed and given a new life through Jesus. It is in that relationship with Jesus that are a given a perfect relationship with God.
“38 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. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
While Peter spoke about Jesus, he spoke about repenting from our sins and being baptized in the name of Jesus. The act of repenting is turning away from our sins and our brokenness, and turning closer to Jesus.
Once a new believer repents and turns to Jesus and they are baptized, the recipient will be given the promise of the Holy Spirit, which guides us and gives us the strength to follow God fully in your daily lives.
This a promise for all who believe in Jesus’ life, his death and resurrection. This premise offers us a new life in Jesus and a personal relationship with Jesus.
Anthony K. Giesick
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