God's Unrestricted Promise by Tony Nester

God's Unrestricted Promise
Tony Nester
Acts 2:36-41

Today we continue to look at the impact of Jesus'
resurrection on his followers and how the church
began. We're continuing today with more of Peter's
message from Acts 2:36-41.

(Acts 2:36-41 NRSV) Therefore let the entire house of
Israel know with certainty that God has made him both
Lord and Messiah, this Jesus whom you crucified." {37}
Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart
and said to Peter and to the other apostles,
"Brothers, what should we do?" {38} Peter said to
them, "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the
name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be
forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy
Spirit. {39} For the promise is for you, for your
children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom
the Lord our God calls to him." {40} And he testified
with many other arguments and exhorted them, saying,
"Save yourselves from this corrupt generation." {41}
So those who welcomed his message were baptized, and
that day about three thousand persons were added.

In these words Peter announces God's unrestricted
promise of forgiveness for all who call on the name of
the Lord. Starting with the worst offenders - those
in Jerusalem who had conspired to crucify Jesus - and
reaching out to include every man, woman, and child
who has ever lived or will live on the Earth - Peter
declares the amazing, all-inclusive reach of God's
forgiving love:

{38} Peter said to them, "Repent, and be baptized
every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that
your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the
gift of the Holy Spirit. {39} For the promise is for
you, for your children, and for all who are far away,
everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him."

Forgiveness is a precious but elusive thing to those
who are in the grip of guilt.

Occasionally I'll have a nightmare in which I've done
something terrible - I ...


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