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Freed from Prison (Acts 5:12-32)

May 22, 2014

Reflecting on the Passage:

Here at East Point Church, we have begun a new sermon series entitled “Acts: The Spirit and the Church in the World“. This week’s sermon highlights the Power of God’s Word and Spirit at Solomon’s Portico. Elder Duncanson warns against having an indifferent attitude toward Christ. The focus of this sermon is on how the Gospel requires a response and reliance on Christ in the face of persecution.

A Response: Disbelief/Apprehension

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None of the rest dared join them, but the people held them in high esteem (Acts 5:13; ESV).”

These early believers had a message they could not contain.  Solomon’s Portico was becoming a commonplace for them to share and show the love of Christ in unexplainable ways, through signs and wonders (v. 12). Unfortunately, the hearts of the people in this area were not much different from when Christ displayed the power of God (John 10:23-42). Elder Duncanson describes their attitude as indifferent, to which they were unwilling to believe the message of the Gospel. Although they held the church in high esteem, their hearts were hardened toward the message of Christ.

Another Response: Belief/Awakening

And more than ever believers were added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women, so that they even carried out the sick into the streets and laid them on cots and mats, that as Peter came by at least his shadow might fall on some of them. The people also gathered from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing the sick and those afflicted with unclean spirits, and they were all healed (Acts 5:14-15; ESV).

Christ understood the significance of conversion. In fact, He directly linked seeing, hearing and a penitent heart to His healing power (Matthew 13:13-17). Therefore, He charged His apostles along with their fellow-believers to preach the gospel to all the nations and make disciples, teaching them what He had commanded them (Matthew 28:18-20).  The early church desired to obey Christ, knowing that their popularity would lead to definite persecution.  As a result, Christ honored His Word by drawing men and women unto Himself and granting these believers the words to say in the face of persecution (Matthew 10:15-26).

Reliance: Boldness in the Face of Persecution

But the high priest rose up, and all who were with him (that is, the party of the Sadducees), and filled with jealousy they arrested the apostles and put them in the public prison. But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out, and said, Go and stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this Life. And when they heard this, they entered the temple at daybreak and began to teach (Acts 5:17-21; ESV).

Apparently, the religious leaders did not understand that their efforts of trying to stop the proclamation of the Gospel were just adding fuel to the fire. They did not understand that Jesus Christ is Lord, Leader and Savior (cf. Pharaoh, Nebuchadnezzar, Herod). However, Peter reminds them that Christ is Lord of All. He is Leader because He has life-sustaining power. He is also Savior because He alone saves completely (vv. 31-32).

How will you respond in light of the Gospel?

The problem for the religious leaders and the indifferent was not a deficiency or lack of signs and wonders to accompany the Word of God, the problem was the hardness of their heart. Indifference will not be an option on the Day of Judgment.

Do you want to know why we cannot remain silent? This community of believers walked faithful to their calling, they were unashamed for the Gospel’s sake, and they face persecution boldly for Jesus because when it comes to obey God rather than man, we cannot be silent.

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All Things Common (Acts 4:32-5:11)

May 14, 2014

Reflecting on the Passage:

Here at East Point Church, we have begun a new sermon series entitled “Acts: The Spirit and the Church in the World“. This week’s sermon illustrates how Christ makes the community of believers unique. Elder Ducanson emphasizes that the power of the Holy Spirit provided unity for the early church, despite Satan’s attempt to sow discord among the believers. The focus of this sermon is on how unity was a distinctive mark of the early church and how the Holy Spirit reveals the hearts of men.

Unity among the Believers

20140311-184658.jpgNow the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold and laid it at the apostles ‘feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need (Acts 4:32-35; ESV).”

Unity is a valuable asset to have when trying to accomplish something, whether good or evil (cf. Tower of Babel, Genesis 11:1-11). This unity was unique because it was grounded upon a shared belief in Christ.  Likewise, these earlier believers understood God’s love and mercy toward them, hence, them giving their testimony. They were not hesitant to share what they had with those in need. Furthermore, the Holy Spirit empowered them to give beyond social class or status, so that none lacked among them (Deuteronomy 15:4-11; 2 Corinthians 8:1-15).

The Holy Spirit Reveals: The Heart of Barnabas

Thus Joseph, who was also called by the apostles Barnabas (which means son of encouragement), a Levite, a native of Cyprus, sold a field that belonged to him and brought the money and laid it at the apostles ‘feet (Acts 4:37; ESV).

Jesus Christ was perfect in His speech, conduct and love for people, yet He knew what was in man (John 2:24-25).  Nonetheless, Jesus commended His cousin, John the Baptist for His faithfulness in proclaiming the message of repentance (cf. Matthew 11:11). Luke follows Christ’s example, by commending Barnabas for his generosity. The Holy Spirit revealed and exposed Barnabas’ heart by leading him to sell what he had for the sake of Christ and His Church.

The Holy Spirit Reveals: The Heart of Ananias and Sapphira 

But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property, and with his wife’s knowledge he kept back for himself some of the proceeds and brought only a part of it and laid it at the apostles ‘feet. But Peter said, Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back for yourself part of the proceeds of the land? While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not at your disposal? Why is it that you have contrived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to man but to GodWhen Ananias heard these words, he fell down and breathed his lastImmediately she fell down at his feet and breathed her last (Acts 5:1-4, 5, 10; ESV).

In contrast to Barnabas, the Holy Spirit also exposes the issues of Ananias and Sapphira’s heart.  Elder Ducanson stresses the fact that Satan used their greed, pride, and deceit, to respond to Barnabas’ generosity with a feigned act of generosity (cf. Judas Iscariot and religious leaders). Ananias and Sapphira did not really intend to give their resources because they reluctantly held back. They loved the praise of men, but did not love their fellowman or woman enough sacrifice themselves for the good of the community. Lastly, their heart was exposed when they tried to deceive God the Holy Spirit by bearing false witness, placing them under His swift judgment (Proverbs 19:5; Galatians 6:7).

Do you fear the Lord?

God is to be feared, He is Holy and will punish sin (Exodus 34:6-7). Satan always looks to cause division amongst the unity of believers.  His strategy is to cause disunity and he uses whatever means necessary, whether lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes or the pride of life (Matthew 4:1-11; 1 John 2:15-17).  However, Christ has promised that He will not leave His Church in the hands of Satan. To let sin go unpunished is to let Satan cause disunity and disruption in the Church. Christ said He will build His church and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it (Matthew 16:18).

Has the fear of the Lord filled your heart today? Do you see yourself at the mercy of Christ for salvation? Sin and the holiness of God is nothing to toy with. The judgment of Ananias and Sapphira was swift because the purity of the Church was at stake. Christ loves His bride, so much so, that He gave His life for Her that when He returns He will present Her to Himself without spot or blemish, ready to be received in His Kingdom (Ephesians 5:25-27).

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Released (Acts 4:23-31)

May 7, 2014

Reflecting on the Passage:

Here at East Point Church, we have begun a new sermon series entitled “Acts: The Spirit and the Church in the World“. This week’s sermon demonstrates how the Word of God boldly proclaimed fuels the Power of God. Pastor Carter encourages the saints to appreciate their time together, especially after constantly battling against the flesh, the world and the devil. The focus of this sermon is on Peter and John gathering with fellow-believers for prayer according to God’s Person, Plan, and Power.

Praying According to Gods Person

20140311-184658.jpgWhen they were released, they went to their friends and reported what the chief priests and the elders had said to them. And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God and said, “Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them, who through the mouth of our father David, your servant, said by the Holy Spirit, “‘Why did the Gentiles rage, and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers were gathered together, against the Lord and against his Anointed’ (Acts 4:23-26; ESV).”

The early church was a praying church. It would seem that the Apostles recalled the model prayer that Christ taught them, because we see in this prayer the same core elements of Christ’s prayer – acknowledgement, submission, and supplication (Matt. 6:9-13; Luke 11:1-13). These believers understood that God was, as Pastor Carter explains, despotes (Greek) or the Ruler of all things.  In fact, the first self-revelation of God in Scripture is that He is the Creator of all things (Gen. 1:1). Likewise, they comforted one another with this truth, since God is the Ruler of all things, that would also include all nations and people, including these men who persecuted them shortly before.

Praying According to Gods Plan

for truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place (Acts 4:27, 28; ESV).

Whenever the Bible speaks about the plan of God, it is always speaking about His eternal, immutable, sovereign, predestinating plan. Predestination was given to us as a source of comfort and point of praise, not to cause disputes among the Body. Therefore, the early church came to terms with the fact that Herod, Pontius Pilate, and the Gentles crucified Jesus Christ, but they realized also that these men could only do so according to God’s plan (cf. John 12:23-28, 19:11).

Praying According to God’s Power

And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus (Acts 4:19-21; ESV).

Having acknowledged that God is sovereign, they ask for boldness.  Why would they ask for boldness in speaking God’s Word, considering that was the reason for their imprisoned and persecution? Sure, they knew that if they continued to speak the Word of God boldly trouble was coming. Yet, if for no other reason, boldness (courage) with God’s Word is a great blessing in the face of trouble.

Who is the Lord?

Biblical faith is not blind or deaf. Instead, it is a sure conviction and reliance upon the Word and Power of God. The early church believed that God was who He said He was in His revealed Word. God revealed Himself as the Creator, as Redeemer in Jesus Christ, and as Sustainer in the Holy Spirit (Gen. 1:1; Luke 19:10; 2 Cor. 1:21-22). We see the early church pray a prayer of faith and trust, asking God to take note to the threats of their enemies and relying on Him in His sovereign power to deal with them according to His plan.

Where do you stand with God today? Are you concerned with His plan? There is a sovereign God, who is in control of everything and is predestinating our lives for His glory and the nations to their end. God has only one plan: the plan of redemption (Christ came to rescue a hopeless people by suffering and dying in their place). God is not making things up as history goes along, soon every man and woman shall stand before Him to give an account. Will you be ready?

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Unashamed: The Boldness of Peter and John (Acts 4:13-22)

April 30, 2014

Reflecting on the Passage:

Here at East Point Church, we have begun a new sermon series entitled “Acts: The Spirit and the Church in the World“. This week’s sermon underlines the need for boldness in the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Pastor Carter expresses that the Christian life is not one of simply knowing about Jesus Christ, instead it is one characterized by being sure of His life-giving and sustaining power in your life. The focus of this sermon is on how the Holy Spirit enabled Peter and John to rely on the promises of Christ made them unexpected, undaunted, and unashamed.

Peter and John: Unexpected 

20140311-184658.jpgNow when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus. But seeing the man who was healed standing beside them, they had nothing to say in opposition (Acts 4:13, 14; ESV).”

How could these men dare stand up against the religious leaders, who by their accolades, achievements, and popularity among the people?  They perceived Peter and John to be unlearned and ignorant men (KJV). Pastor Carter expounds on these two words. Carter points out that unlearned or agrammatos (Greek), meant that these men were seen as poorly educated or illiterate, and ignorant or idiotes (Greek, to which we get the word “idiot”) in the eyes of these religious men. However, the irony was although these were educated and not ignorant, they acknowledged that Peter and John had been with Jesus and knew Him well. Thus, the mere fact that Peter and John had nothing to boast in expect the power of Christ and His promises, they were undaunted when standing before these men to witness for Christ.

Peter and John: Undaunted

But in order that it may spread no further among the people, let us warn them to speak no more to anyone in this name. So they called them and charged them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus (Acts 4:17, 18; ESV).

Apparently, these religious men were not as educated and wise as they perceived themselves. They had previously recognized that Peter and John were with Jesus and held firmly to what they saw Him do and told them. Jesus told His disciples to preach. The council tells them not to preach. Think how illogical this approach to try to stop these men from spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ was for these religious men.  Therefore, the disciples ask themselves, “Should we listen to God or man?

Peter and John: Unashamed

But Peter and John answered them, Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge, for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard. And when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding no way to punish them, because of the people, for all were praising God for what had happened (Acts 4:19-21; ESV).

Peter and John rightly understood to whom they should fear (cf. Prov. 1:8, 9:10).  They did not fear the council. They did not fear the people (cf. King Saul, 1 Samuel 13). In fact, Peter and John were bold for Jesus. They refused to be silent after all they seen and heard from Christ their Lord and Savior. They were walking in the promises of Christ.

Shall I listen to you or should I listen to God?

Sin is not rational, nor is it logical. Desire for popularity approval will numb your spiritual senses (Jer. 17:5-10). You can know about Jesus Christ and not know Him (John 5:37-39). The council wanted Peter and John to deny Christ. Nevertheless, Peter had sinned in this way against Christ before, and since he received forgiveness from Christ, he had a heart of gratitude that compelled him to obey His commands this time around.

Is that you today? Have you received the grace and truth found only in Jesus Christ (John 1:14)? When you have seen the power of Christ in your life and others, no one can tell you to deny Him. When you spend time with Jesus, your life will become an undeniable testimony of what He has done. Boldness comes when you forget about yourself and you really consider Christ (Heb. 12).

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WOW: Women of the Word at the Empty Tomb (Luke 24:1-12)

April 23, 2014

Reflecting on the Passage:

At East Point Church, our desire is to remember the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ every week. This week’s sermon demonstrates how the Word God is always faithful. Pastor Carter emphasized the fact that disbelief in God’s Word does not make it less authoritative, infallible, or inerrant. The focus of this sermon is on the vessels God used to share the good news of Christ’s Resurrection, namely, Women of the Word (WOW). There were three distinctive characteristics of these women at the empty tomb: 1) they received the Word, 2) they recalled the Word, and 3) they retold the Word.

The Women of the Word: Received the Word

20140311-184658.jpgBut on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen (Luke 23:55, 24:1-6; ESV).”

The Holy Spirit led the writers of the synoptic Gospels to notate how faithful women were in Jesus’ earthly ministry (cf. Matt. 26:7-13; Mark 14:3-9; Luke 7:37-50). In fact, women were a staple of the life of Jesus Christ (Mark 15:40-41). Therefore, there was no surprise that they would be first on the scene to serve Him once more on this Sunday morning.  Nonetheless, when these women arrive to the tomb, they find the stone removed, Jesus was no longer lying there, and two angels before them to bring a Word from God.  These women received this Word with fear (understanding it was God’s Word) and humility (knowing this message was for them, personally).

The Women of the Word: Recalled the Word

Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” And they remembered his words…(Luke 24:6-8; ESV).

The Women of the Word, not only heard the words of Jesus, but their hearing of the Word was mixed with their faith in Him.  They believed Jesus was who He claimed to be. They believed that God attested to Him by signs and wonders.  Thus, when these angels exhort them to remember what He said, their response was second nature. They remembered the words of Christ because his word had been implanted in them (James 1:21). Now, what followed was what generally follows when Christ impacts a person’s life in an inexplicable way, they have to go tell someone the good news (cf. lady at Jacob’s well, John 4).

The Women of the Word: Retold the Word

And returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles, but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them (Luke 24:9-11; ESV).

Lastly, we see the faithfulness of God first, by taking those who are of no reputation and accomplishing His plans through them. Then, we see in response to God’s grace toward them, they go tell others of what He has done. Unfortunately, the same men who walked alongside Jesus, even enjoyed special fellowship with Him, disbelieved the word of these women (cf. Peter’s Rescue, Acts 12:12-17).  Despite unbelief, God’s Word was still true. Jesus was no longer in the grave. He is not here, but has risen.

Do you believe in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ?

Do not take the preaching and teaching of the Word of God lightly. Receive the Word of God, as these faithful women did, fearfully and humbly. If God has granted you the grace to hear His Word, please understand that Word is for you.

Are you seeking life from the dead? Do you believe there is life outside of Christ? Whether you believe the Word of God or not, your disbelief does not nullify His eternal Word (Rom. 3:3). The women of the Word had no celebrity or esteem in society. Instead they were the lowest in their society, but God chose to use them that no man or woman should boast (1 Cor. 1:26ff). God is pleased in saving the souls of the underserved and sending out the saved to tell the world of His goodness toward them. 

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Preaching Christ in Custody (Acts 4:1-12)

April 16, 2014

Reflecting on the Passage:

Here at East Point Church, we have begun a new sermon series entitled “Acts: The Spirit and the Church in the World“. This week’s sermon highlights the most essential truth of the Gospel, Christ’s resurrection. Pastor Carter labors the point that without Jesus Christ, there is no hope for humanity. The focus of this sermon is on the uniqueness, necessity, and exclusivity of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.

The Uniqueness of Jesus Christ

20140311-184658.jpgAnd they arrested them and put them in custodyand when they had set them in the midst, they inquired, “By what power or by what name did you do this?” Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders, if we are being examined today concerning a good deed done to a crippled man, by what means this man has been healed, let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by him this man is standing before you well (Acts 4:3, 7-10; ESV).”

Peter was questioned by the same men who questioned Jesus, and not only had these been the same men, they asked Peter the same question they asked Jesus, “by what power did you do this” (Luke 20:2)?  The real irony is in fact that while they were questioning Christ, Peter was outside denying Him. Now, Peter stands boldly testifying before these men in the power and conviction of the Holy Spirit. Peter testifies of the Jesus whom they crucified, but whom God has raised from the dead. This Jesus provided the power to heal the lame man.

The Necessity of Jesus Christ

This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone (Acts 4:11; ESV).

The resurrection of Jesus Christ was enough to convict the Sadducees, considering they denied anyone being able to rise from the dead, but now Peter takes his indictment a step further.  Filled with the Holy Spirit, Peter was able to use Psalm 118:22 to convict the Sadducees and Pharisees of rejecting Jesus Christ, who is the cornerstone. The reason why this indictment was so convicting lies in the fact that these men believed themselves to be the keepers and builders of God’s house.  These leaders prided themselves on their knowledge and traditions of the law given by Moses.  However, as Christ said to them many times, although they sought the Scriptures diligently they missed the most important truth, the only way to God the Father is through Jesus Christ, His Son (John 5:15-47).

The Exclusivity of Jesus Christ

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).

Peter sums up his message with the exclusivity of Jesus Christ.  After illustrating the uniqueness and necessity of Christ, Peter provokes these men to respond to the gospel by giving them the truth of the gospel.  “There is salvation in no one else”. These men had no other option, but to surrender to this Jesus whom they crucified and whom God raised from the dead. This message was great and promising because even though these men had sinned greatly against God, yet God still provided a way for them to repent and receive forgiveness of their sin.

Are you living a life without Jesus Christ?

The presence of God is not a safe place. Those in their sin, run from His Word; but those who rest in Him, know while His presence is not safe, it is the best place to be. There is only one way to God, which God has graciously provided, namely his Son, Jesus Christ. The reason we must have Christ is that there is no salvation without Him.  If there were another way, then Christ would not have had to die on the cross at Calvary. However, because God has provided in Jesus the way to God, we can be reconciled to a God who loves and cares for us.

Are you seeking salvation in some other way today? Do you think that your works will please God? God attested to Jesus through the resurrection. Jesus lives up to His name (Matt. 1:21).  Thus, if you build a life without Jesus Christ, your labor is in vain, because without Him you have nothing (Ps. 127; John 1:3, 15).

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Solomon’s Porch (Acts 3:11-26)

April 9, 2014

Reflecting on the Passage:
Here at East Point Church, we have begun a new sermon series entitled “Acts: The Spirit and the Church in the World“. This week’s sermon emphasizes the importance of preaching Christ above all others. Elder Duncanson illustrates the implications of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The focus of this sermon is on marveling at doctrine of concurrency, which states God is sovereign in all things even in the decisions of human beings, while holding them accountable for their actions.

The Sovereignty of God

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While he clung to Peter and John, all the people, utterly astounded, ran together to them in the portico called Solomon’s. And when Peter saw it he addressed the people: “Men of Israel, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we have made him walk? The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified his servant Jesus, whom you delivered over and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release him (Acts 3:11-13; ESV).”

Instead of making a name for himself, Peter makes the name of Christ known. Peter understood this miraculous healing of the lame man was great, but the miracle served as a sign. Elder Duncanson explains that a sign points to a greater reality than the sign. The greater reality that this sign pointed to was the Lord Jesus Christ. Thus, Peter used this opportunity to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which included indicting these men for committing the greatest sin in history, crucifying Christ.

Human Responsibility

But you denied the Holy and Righteous One, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses. And his name—by faith in his name—has made this man strong whom you see and know, and the faith that is through Jesus has given the man this perfect health in the presence of you all (Acts 3:14-16; ESV).”

Peter’s indictment or rebuke for their sin was essential to preaching the gospel message. These men were familiar with the Old Testament and they knew the law of God. However, they did not realize they were accessories to the murder of Jesus Christ. They had killed Jesus — the Son of God, the Holy and Righteous One, and the Author of Life. Yet Peter did not leave them hopeless to deal with their sin. No, Peter faithfully points them to this same Jesus, in whose name the lame man was healed, and in whom they could receive forgiveness even for this heinous sin.

The Proper Response

And now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. But what God foretold by the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ would suffer, he thus fulfilled. Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago (Acts 3:17-21; ESV).”

Here we see why the Gospel is such good news. Even though these men were guilty, they were offered repentance and forgiveness of sin. Peter understood he too was just as guilty as these men for his abandonment and denial of Jesus Christ, in His greatest hour of temptation (Matt. 26:69-75; Mark 14:66-72; Luke 22:54-62; John 18:15-18). Although Christ knew that Peter was the perfect candidate to testify of the power of God, by showing that He had the power to restore and redeem Peter (cf. Luke 22:31-32). Therefore, Peter presented them with their sin, which was the bad news, in order that he might offer them better news, the Hope of humanity, Jesus Christ. The proper response to the gospel is repentance and faith.

Do you continue to deny Jesus Christ?

We deny Christ in our lives, even as Christians, when we sin and push Him to the side for our desires. When you understand the mercy of God, the good news of Jesus Christ should cause you to marvel. You not only get the forgiveness of sin, but you get Christ.

Do you realize your sin put Jesus on that cross at Calvary? How will you respond today? The proper response is see yourself as guilty before God, while also realizing Christ is alive and able to forgive. Repent and believe in Him who is the Author of Life.

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