Jesus Commands People to be Baptized, Part 1 (TMF:747)

Peace to Live By: Jesus Commands People to be Baptized, Part 1 (TMF:747) - Daniel Litton
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       Nevertheless, after repenting of sin and turning to God, Jesus commands people to be baptized (that is, water baptism after they become saved, after they believe). This is an outward testimony of the transformation in Christ that has occurred. In Acts chapter 2, when the Apostle Peter gives his great sermon in Jerusalem before the Jews, he actually ‘commands’ the people to be baptized. We often make it an option, just like the Gospel, but Peter commanded it. Why don’t we go ahead and look at the passage. Acts 2:37, 38 state: “Now when they heard this [that is, Peter’s sermon] they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:37-38, ESV).