This week on the program, we will be looking at seven verses, and seven lessons, from the book of Acts. Today, we start in Acts 2:38.
Acts 2:38 says, “Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
In grammar, this verse is what we would call an imperative sentence, or a sentence which gives a command or request. As you know, baptism is the most essential act to the process of salvation and an imperative in the process of becoming a Christian. In Gal. 3:27, we learn that we put on Christ through baptism. In Rom. 6:4, we find that it is through baptism that we are literally buried with Jesus. Now, what does that mean? It means that through baptism, our old self is buried and a new self arises and begins to walk in the newness of life. When we are baptized, all of our shame, guilt, ugliness, and sin that came with our old self is washed away. And, Jesus comes through and He feels that void with things that are new, he feels that void with himself and He lives through us (Gal. 2:20). Today, if you haven’t been buried in baptism with Jesus, let Him come live in you.