After taking a few days to attend the Pepperdine Lectures, I’m ready to continue our discussion of baptism. We come to a watershed moment, the day of Pentecost in Acts 2. Here we see the outpouring/baptism of the Holy Spirit and the first apostolic sermon to non-believers.
Peter drives home his main point in Acts 2:36
“Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.” (Acts 2:36)
The crowd reacts to this, recognizing the truth of Peter’s words. They cry out, “What can we do?” How do we fix this? We’ve killed the Messiah; what now?
“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. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.” (Acts 2:38–39)
So, to break it down, we have baptism
- in the name of Jesus
- for the forgiveness of sins
- leading to the gift of the Holy Spirit
Peter also extends this promise to generations to come and people not physically present. He ends by returning to Joel 2, the passage he had quoted earlier:
“And everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved; for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be deliverance, as the LORD has said, among the survivors whom the LORD calls.” (Joel 2:32)
We’ll dig a bit deeper in the next few days. Initial thoughts?