The Fullness of the Holy Spirit
“So let everyone in Israel know for certain that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, to be both Lord and Messiah!” Peter’s words pierced their hearts, and they said to him and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?” Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. This promise is to you, to your children, and to those far away —all who have been called by the Lord our God.”
Acts of the Apostles 2:36-39 NLT
Peter did not attempt to make his message on the Day of Pentecost a soft sell. He confronted the sins of the people—namely that they had crucified Jesus, the Son of God, the Lord, and Messiah.
It is the truth that cuts through the layers of deception and confusion. Unless we allow ourselves to be confronted by the truth, we will never change into the person God created us to be. It is the truth that calls for a change.
When the people asked what they should do, Peter did not mince words, “Repent of your sins and turn to God.”
Repent means to turn around and go a different direction. It is not simply feeling sorry for your past actions; it is the decision to start walking a new path away from the old behavior. Once we make the choice to repent and turn to God, we open ourselves up for the fullness of the Spirit to be released in our lives.
We should note that water baptism was a key part of Peter’s message. The process seemed to be repent, be baptized in water, and then receive the promise of the Spirit. This process still works today. When we repent of our sins and turn to God, there should be a public declaration of that decision. Water baptism is a public testimony of our acceptance of God’s grace and our repentance.
Heavenly Father, I want to follow You in all areas of my life. I repent of any sin in my life, willfully turn away from the sin, and turn to You. I want to be baptized as soon as possible as a public confession of my faith in You. I desire to be filled to the fullness with the Holy Spirit.
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