His promises are for you.

January 12, 2018

38 Peter replied, “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. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”

Acts 2:38-39

The crowd listening to Peter had one question, “What do we do?” That may be the question you have today. Peter answered that they should be baptized and they will receive the forgiveness of sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit. But then he says this, “This promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off.” The promise of baptism is for you and your children.

That means all the promises we looked at this week are for you. Believe them! If you haven’t been baptized, call me or your pastor and get baptized. These promises are for you! If your child hasn’t been baptized, call me or your pastor and get him or her baptized. These promises are for them! If you have already been baptized, take hold of these promises and apply them to yourself. These promises have been made to you too.

When God makes a promise he never lies. He promises that in baptism he has saved you, he has declared you not guilty of all your mistakes, failures, and sins, he has forgiven your sins, and he has given you the Holy Spirit. This is what God has promised you. Believe it. You are at peace with God.

What gets in the way of you believing these promises from God? Our feelings and emotions change, but God’s Word and his promises never do.