38 And Peter said to them, “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. ~Acts 2:38 (ESV)
The preaching of Peter is the fulfillment of the expectation of Jesus. He was told to baptize in the Jesus’ name and his exhortation closes down with that same refrain!
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- to deliver especially from sin or its penalty
- to free from captivity or punishment by paying a price
- a consideration paid or demanded for the release of someone or something from captivity
- the act of ransoming In the biblical example:
28 even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” ~ Matthew 20:28 (ESV) . Our captive souls were redeemed by at a cost beyond compare, hence our debt is not “cancelled, but paid. . .
The praise of the God from who all things moved and persist shines forth from one who is worthy of praise. Our Lord in Christ is seen upon a throne that no other could even begin to fill.
11 “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.” ~ Revelation 4:11 (ESV)
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12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
Acts 4:12 (ESV)
There is a tremendous challenge in realizing and accepting we need to be rescued as the acceptance of failure is often almost unbearable to swallow. But such sweet joy is found beyond that valley of despair for not only is rescue possible it is found in the abundance that is in Christ. Beyond that is the need to recognize that salvation is found in no other place beyond the Christ.
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7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. ~ 1 John 1:7 (ESV)
As the day dawns around us, make sure your steps match the walk of the son! Make today a day of renewed fellowship!
18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, ~ Ephesians 1:18 (ESV)
One of Paul’s prayers for the believers in Ephesus should be our own. The ability to see with genuine spiritual discernment is a window to great spiritual success. How we see what surrounds up will always drive us to the choices we make on our journey to be evermore like Christ. When we begin to value our spiritual blessings beyond our temporal surroundings hope will abound beyond compare.