Acts 2:38-39 NIV 2011
Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, everyone of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
Peter echoed the words of John the Baptist and Jesus in verse thirty-eight answering the crowd: “repent and be baptized.” He acknowledged every sinner is in need of a Savior. Repentance by turning to God is the next step for sinners. Acts 3:19, “Repent, then and turn to God.” Matthew quoted Jesus’ words some call the great commission in 28:19, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Forgiveness of sin comes through repentance and forgiveness by God’s grace.
Belief and confession are the first two parts of forgiveness. Those are easy steps. The last, repent is a bit harder for me. Turning 180-degrees from sinning to living for Jesus is a daily decision I make. That reminds me the first word we learn is, “No!” Just like Paul writing in Romans 7, we are slaves to sin because sin lives within each of us. With that premise in mind, I must repent of each sin committed, receive His forgiveness and move away from it.
Why should God forgive us?
Thankful we’re forgiven,