For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.”
Acts 2:39 (ESV)
What is the promise that Peter is speaking of here? The promise that everyone that calls upon the Lord will be saved. Everyone, not just some, not the perfect, no, but all those that call on the name of the Lord. Everyone that hears the gospel message and responds as Peter’s audience did will be saved.
How did they respond? After hearing Peters sermon about the good news they were cut to the heart and realized they needed to act. They asked “what shall we do?” They had come to realize that Jesus had died for the forgiveness of their sins. They knew that they had to respond to that in some way, and asked what they should do. Peter gave them the answer. “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. For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” Acts 2:38-39 (ESV)
In that response Peter said that the promise of salvation was for the Jews and to everyone else. In his statement he is proclaiming that salvation had come to the world. All those that heard the message that day were called by the Lord God through Peter’s sermon. Three thousand responded to that call and the church (called out people) that Jesus died for was established. One man preaching the truth of God’s word, brought three thousand souls to Christ. The promise of salvation was fulfilled right then and there. People that had gathered from every nation received salvation.
God is a promise keeper. When He says He will do something He does it, and does it in such away that there is no doubt of His ability to do just as He says. The only way for us to receive that promise is to respond as they did on the day that the church began. Respond in obedience, and find salvation. Such a simple thing to do.
Today we too must share the same message that Peter preached, and give the same response when people ask, what do we do? Call them to repentance and baptize them in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of their sins so they too can receive the promise of salvation.
© 2014 Leo J. Woodman