The day of Pentecost had come. The Holy Ghost came from heaven sounding as a rushing wind. The disciples and the other 120 who had gathered in the house received the Holy Spirit and began speaking in foreign languages. Jews and those from nations around the world who had gathered for the celebration heard the word of God being preached in their native tongue. They doubted and thought all were drunk even though it was only 9:00 in the morning.
Once it was realized what was going on, those that witnessed the event wanted to know how they too could receive the Holy Ghost.
“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.” (Acts 2:38-40).
Peter told them to repent. Most people interpret repent to mean turn around. But a more accurate and to the point meaning of repent is to return. When we repent we are returning to our natural state of being, before when sin had entered the skin. God made us first and foremost without sin. That is the condition that we are to return to. The only way that can happen is through and with Jesus Christ. He washes us clean and atones for all of our iniquities.
To be baptized is to be dead in sin, buried and resurrected anew into the kingdom of God. It is a symbol and metaphor of the eventuality for all of us. We will die. We will be resurrected. But only those who have repented of their sins and have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior will be saved.
The baptism is done in the name of Jesus Christ. His name means the full power and benefit of Him. The name of Jesus Christ brings with it the full weight of our Lord. It is his entire being. Whenever we evoke the name of Christ we are bringing on righteousness and truth. There is nothing as powerful as calling on the name of Jesus Christ.
We call on Jesus for the remission of sin. It is more than having Christ rid our mortal bodies and soul of iniquity. It is the releasing and being freed from the bondage, ties and burden of that sin. Remission of sin allows us to be free from sin, to let it go and be done with it once and for all. No more thoughts or guilt of a practice we once did. We are completely loosed of the action and burden of that sin.
Once cleansed and freed from sin is when we are prepared and readied to receive the Holy Ghost. Righteousness and unrighteousness cannot coexist. For the Holy Ghost to be present within then sin and iniquity must be gone. This can only happen by evoking the name of Jesus Christ and receiving Him as your Lord and Savior. We cannot cleanse our self. Only Christ can atone for our sins and make us presentable to God.
To who is this atonement available to? Who shall receive the Holy Ghost? God puts out the gospel message. He has a call that goes out to the world. If the world would listen it would be saved. Sadly, only a few will listen and respond to the call. These are the ones that will be saved. All the others are reserved for death and destruction.
“Save yourselves from this untoward generation”. Hear the call. Respond to call. Save yourself from a perverse generation and the finality of death!