“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.” That’s from the King James.
Now, this from the Message Bible, Peter said, "Change your life. Turn to God and be baptized, each of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, so your sins are forgiven. Receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
Two things Peter said to do, “Repent and be baptized.”
Repentance has to do with being sorry for our sins, confessing our sins, and forsaking our sins. Being sorry, confessing, and forsaking our sins. That’s repentance. Have you done that? That has to be done before we can receive our soul’s salvation. Have you done that?
You may be saying, “Well, I DO got to church!” Not enough! We’ve got to be sorry for our sins, confess our sins, and forsake our sins.
You may be saying, “I think I’m about as good as most everyone else I know that claims he’s a Christian.” That may be, but are you sorry for your sins, confessed your sins, and forsaken your sins?
You may say, “I just wish you’d mind your own business.” You don’t understand. This IS my business. God has given me the ministry of reconciliation. And he has asked me to point out to everyone I see that we have to, if we’re going to make heaven our home, to repent and be baptized.
I am just doing to you what I would want everyone to do to me, if that person knew how I could live forever, I would want them to tell me what I must do to be saved. Please don’t get upset with me. I’m just playing with your mind a little bit to get your attention. You don’t have to listen to me at all. You can turn me off; however, I would like you to at least listen a minute and let me ask you again, “Have you repented and been baptized? “Cause God says we’ve got to do that if we want to make heaven our home. O.K.?
You see, if I knew that a tsunami was coming towards us and that everyone needed to be warned, you’d understand why I would want to do that wouldn’t you? Of course, you would. Well, today we’re living in increasingly treacherous times. There’s a muddy road ahead, so I’m letting everyone I can know about it.
Jesus died for us. He was buried in a tomb. And He rose from the dead. He did that for everybody. He asks us, if we want to take advantage of His offer of eternal life, to repent and be baptized in His Name! If we stop sinning, it follows that we start doing His righteousness, making Him our Lord and Saviour
I trust you understand, now, my deep concern for your soul. I want you to be absolutely safe in the days ahead. I want you to know that your name is registered in the Lambs Book of Life.
We don’t need to hope so, trust so, guess so, we can know for a fact that we’re ready to check out of this life at any time and make heaven our home. That’s what the Bible is all about. That’s what salvation is all about. It’s all about Jesus and your relationship with Him, personally.
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