“Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” —Acts 2:21
Read Acts 2:14-38
Here we see the fallen but restored Apostle Peter fulfilling his office, no longer afraid of being mocked by those around him. He is filled with the Holy Spirit and has become a bold witness of the Lord Jesus. Nothing will stop his testimony concerning his Saviour. He addressed the Israelites in a scathing and condemning sermon, saying, “You have taken and by wicked hands have crucified and slain Jesus of Nazareth, approved of God. But God has raised Him up as you yourselves know.”
Peter pointed out to them their sin, that they had rejected the Messiah and had crucified Him. But his sermon went further and showed them the way out. In deep despair they cried out, “What shall we do?” Peter responded by saying, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38). What was the result? They believed his word, and “they that gladly received his word were baptized” (Acts 2:41).
The means used were blessed: many were baptized and added to the congregation. The same message is still brought today, and the calling to repent still resounds. Peter’s answer to the question of anxious souls – “What must I do to be saved?” – is still reliable. If this question burdens your heart, then stop reasoning and do what the Lord commands. Repent! You cannot clear yourself.
What was Peter’s answer to the question raised by the multitude?
This devotional was taken from “The Time of Your Life” a daily devotional published by the Youth & Educational Committee of the FRC. To order a printed copy of this book, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.