Reading: Acts 2: 22-41, WCF 28
Text: Acts 2:38 & 39
Acts 2:22-41 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
22 “Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man [a]attested to you by God with [b]miracles and wonders and [c]signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know— 23 this Man, delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of [d]godless men and put Him to death. 24 [e]But God raised Him up again, putting an end to the [f]agony of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held [g]in its power. 25 For David says of Him,
‘I saw the Lord always in my presence;
For He is at my right hand, so that I will not be shaken.
26 ‘Therefore my heart was glad and my tongue exulted;
Moreover my flesh also will live in hope;
27 Because You will not abandon my soul to Hades,
Nor [h]allow Your [i]Holy One to [j]undergo decay.
28 ‘You have made known to me the ways of life;
You will make me full of gladness with Your presence.’
29 “[k]Brethren, I may confidently say to you regarding the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is [l]with us to this day. 30 And so, because he was a prophet and knew that God had sworn to him with an oath to seat one [m]of his descendants on his throne, 31 he looked ahead and spoke of the resurrection of [n]the Christ, that He was neither abandoned to Hades, nor did His flesh [o]suffer decay. 32 This Jesus God raised up again, to which we are all witnesses. 33 Therefore having been exalted [p]to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He has poured forth this which you both see and hear. 34 For it was not David who ascended into [q]heaven, but he himself says:
‘The Lord said to my Lord,
“Sit at My right hand,
35 Until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.”’
36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and [r]Christ—this Jesus whom you crucified.”
37 Now when they heard this, they were [s]pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “[t]Brethren, [u]what shall we do?” 38 Peter said to them, “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.” 40 And with many other words he solemnly testified and kept on exhorting them, saying, “[v]Be saved from this perverse generation!” 41 So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand [w]souls.