Wednesday, July 25, 2012


37 Now when they heard this they were stung (cut) to the heart, and they said to Peter and the rest of the Apostles (special messengers), Brethren, what shall we do?

38 And Peter answered them, Repent-change your views, and purpose to accept the will of God in your inner selves instead of rejecting it-and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of and release from your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

39 For the promise (of the Holy Spirit) is to and for you and  your children, and to and for all that are far away, [even] to as many as the Lord our God invites and bids come to Himself.

40 And [Peter] solemnly and earnestly witnessed (testified) and admonished (exhorted) with much continuous speaking and warned (reproved, advised, encouraged) them, saying, Be saved from this crooked (perverse, wicked, unjust) generation.

41 Therefore those who accepted and welcomed his message were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.

42 And they steadfastly persevered, devoting themselves constantly to the instruction and fellowship of the apostles, to the breaking of bread [including the Lord's Supper] and prayers.

43 And a sense of awe (reverential fear) came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were performed through the apostles-special messengers.

44 And all who believed-that is, who adhered to and turned to and trusted in and relied on Jesus Christ-were united, and together they had everything in common;

45 And they sold their possessions [both their land property and their movable goods] and distributed the price among all, according as any had need.

46 And day after day they regularly assembled in the temple with united purpose, and in their homes they broke bread [including the Lord's Supper]. They partook of their food with gladness and simplicity and generous hearts,

47 Constantly praising God and being in favor and goodwill with all the people, and the Lord kept adding [to their number] daily those who were being saved (from spiritual death). (Acts 2:37-47).



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