The Great Promise of the Great God

Published: Monday, October 20th, 2014

  Peter’s Day of Pentecost sermon concluded with the following exhortation and promise:
(NASB) Acts 2:38-39 “…‘Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
39 ‘For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself.’” 

Exhortation:
“Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins…” 

  That exhortation is the same today as it was on that long ago Day of Pentecost. 
  You and I need to repent…we need to turn from our sins.  We need to turn to the living God of the Bible.  We need to be forgiven of our sins through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.   

  This exhortation is for you to take to heart…to be convinced of your need before the living God of the Bible.  “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins…” 

Promise:
“…and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” 

  That promise is the same today as it was on that long ago Day of Pentecost.
  When we acknowledge, confess and turn from our sins by asking Jesus to be our Savior we are given the promised gift of the Holy Spirit of God. 

  This promise is for you who are reading this devotional.  “…and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” 

  Your children and other people in your sphere of influence will also receive this promise…when they turn to the living God of the Bible.  “For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself.” 

  Perhaps your prayer could be:
‘Oh Lord, Giver of Salvation, Giver of forgiveness, Giver of acceptance into Your family as Your child, Giver of Your Holy Spirit to guide, comfort and help. 
  Hear my prayer for (you supply the names).  Bring us to Yourself; bring us to faith in Jesus Christ.
  These are great requests asked of You, the Great God.
  In the name of Jesus Christ Your Son…Amen!’