15 For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. (Luck 21:15)

After preaching about the cross, Peter calls his hearers to repent and be baptized for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38). This stud helps establish the link between Christ’s sacrifice and our forgiveness of sins by means of baptism.

21 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

What is salvation or redemption? It’s the forgiveness of sins b the blood of Jesus.

36 “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.”

37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”

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.”

40 With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” 41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.

  • When do we receive the forgiveness of sins? Baptism is for the forgiveness of sins because it is our connection to Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection.
  • Those who accepted this message were baptized, thus they were saved (note the parallel in v. 47).

What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

  • We are baptized into Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection. (Thus, Peter directed his hearers to be baptized in response to the cross Act 2:38).
  • We, too, will be raised to a new life through baptism. Thus, we are born again.

Moses writes this about the righteousness that is by the law: “The person who does these things will live by them.”[a] But the righteousness that is by faith says: “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’”[b] (that is, to bring Christ down) “or ‘Who will descend into the deep?’”[c] (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,”[d] that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. 11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.”[e] 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”[f]

  • (note the reference to Deuteronomy 30:12-13 and Joel 2:31) Like Paul, all in Rome who were baptized, were baptized to be raised to a new life.
  • Also like Paul, all who call on the name of the Lord will be saved (Acts 22:16).
  • We profess Jesus to be Lord (Thus, we are no longer Lord of our life a statement of Repentance. See 2 Timothy 2:19 and Acts 2:21, 38) at our baptism.
  • Are you ready to make Jesus your Lord?

I fell to the ground and heard a voice say to me, ‘Saul! Saul! Why do you persecute me?’

“‘Who are you, Lord?’ I asked.

“ ‘I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting,’ he replied. My companions saw the light, but they did not understand the voice of him who was speaking to me.

10 “‘What shall I do, Lord?’ I asked.

“ ‘Get up,’ the Lord said, ‘and go into Damascus. There you will be told all that you have been assigned to do.’ 11 My companions led me by the hand into Damascus, because the brilliance of the light had blinded me.

12 “A man named Ananias came to see me. He was a devout observer of the law and highly respected by all the Jews living there. 13 He stood beside me and said, ‘Brother Saul, receive your sight!’ And at that very moment I was able to see him.

14 “Then he said: ‘The God of our ancestors has chosen you to know his will and to see the Righteous One and to hear words from his mouth. 15 You will be his witness to all people of what you have seen and heard. 16 And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.’

  • After encountering Jesus, repenting, praying, fasting (see Acts 9:9-11), being healed, and being called by God, Paul still remains in sin until he is baptized.
  • He calls on the name of the Lord at his baptism.
  • Have you made Jesus the Lord of your life?
  • Then What are waiting for? Get up, be baptized, and wash our sins away!
  • John 3:3-5
  • John 13:6-11
  • Titus 3:3-5
  • Colossians 2:11-14
  • Acts 8:26-40
  • Acts 18:24-26
  • Hebrews 10:22
  • 1 Peter 3:21
  • Ephesians 4:4-6
  • Ephesians 5:26
  • Galatians 3:23-27
  • Mark 16:16