As a believer in/of the Apostle’s doctrine, Acts 2:38 is the Scripture that is the foundation for my salvation.
One cannot take that Scripture in isolation. Just like one should not take Romans 10:13 (for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”) or Acts 2:21 (And it shall come to pass That whoever calls on the name of the LORD Shall be saved.’) or Matthew 28:19 (Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:).
There are so many things in the Old Testament that point to the new. There are so many things in the New Testament that point to the old. Scripture often needs to be studied across books and Testaments to fully understand. The events of the Old Testament take place in certain chapters, but there are explanations and illuminations in other chapters.
Prime example: David. We meet him in Kings. His lineage is discussed in Chronicles. His songs, while he was living what is discussed in Kings, show up in Psalms. The lineage of Jesus includes him in Matthew. I’m sure he’s mentioned again before this, but, John writes in Revelation 22:16 about Jesus acknowledging that he (Jesus) is the root and offspring of David.
If one stopped at any one place alone and let that be all they knew of David, one would not have a full picture of who he is.
The same is 100% true, in my opinion as someone who has been around church and the Bible since before birth of these 35 years, eight months, 10 days, seven hours, and 43 minutes as of this moment, of Salvation.
In Matthew 16:13, Jesus is talking to the disciples. He asks who men say he is. They throw out examples of the people who they’ve heard Him compared to that they’ve been taught about via Scripture. Their history as Jews. Matthew 16:14
Jesus is like. My guy. My boy! He tells him that flesh and blood, people, other men, didn’t give him that understanding. He said God, His Father in heaven told him. Matthew 16:17
Then, Jesus did something the Lord did three times. At least three that come to mind. Which I see the significance of, even if I’m wrong about the number, three represents the Trinity. We will get there.
Here, Jesus changed his name from Simon to Peter. Or actually Petras. Meaning rock. Jesus went on to say upon this rock, this foundation, this revelation, I will build my church.
This was before the death, burial, and resurrection. While having other conversations and teaching the people, mainly the disciples, Jesus promised over and over to send a Comforter. To send a Spirit. Not a ghost.
The translations from the original Greek make it interesting when it is in English. Just like there are words in English and other languages that don’t quite translate correctly, the same could be said about the interchangeable phrases Holy Ghost and Holy Spirit.
When we get to Matthew 28:19, Jesus has returned to them to show them that he did what he said he would. He is sending them to wait for the Comforter as promised. He is speaking in third person.
He is the Father, He is the Son, and He is the Holy Ghost.
To explain this to my eight year old nephew the other day, I told him that he has a mind, he has a body, and he has a soul. The mind is God, the body is Jesus, and the soul is the Holy Ghost. But all of them together are his name. All of those together are the name Jesus.
In Acts 2, the promise is fulfilled. Something that sounded like a mighty rushing wind came in the place they were sitting. Acts 2:2 The imagery of the author! It goes on to say cloven tongues, or tongues that looked like they were on fire and separated, came and sat on them. Acts 2:3 Then they were all filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave utterance.
See what I mean about interchangeable? That’s a quote/paraphrase of the King James Version (KJV). I cite a place that has many so it can be truly understood by the reader in various translations.
They were clearly loud and excited. People walked by confused. They were wondering how all of them could hear their language and other languages all at the same time. They wondered if the people were drunk.
My guy (I decided not too long ago that he’s my fave!), Peter, who is only going by that and not Simon or Simon Peter, realizes what’s going on outside.
That brings us to Acts 2:38. Well closer. He tells them the ppl aren’t drunk. He goes on to preach a sermon. And what do you know, he mentions David (I had to go read it to write this accurately). He mentions Jesus along with some other people in Scripture and portions of it.
As he begins to end his message, we get to Acts 2:38. “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.”
The one who Jesus said would be the rock, the foundation. The one with the revelation. Peter. He is the one who goes and tells them what is going on. He says baptism in Jesus name. Not father, son, and Holy Ghost. He knew that Jesus was speaking in third person. He knew that Jesus had said he was one with the father. He knew that Jesus said the Comforter that was coming was His. Trinity. Three. But all three are One.
Oh, and those Scriptures about calling on Jesus? They were written by a man named Saul. I started to paraphrase. But here it is in the King James Version. Acts 9:
1 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, 2 And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem. 3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: 4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? 5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. 6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do. 7 And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man. 8 And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus. 9 And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink. 10 And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord. 11 And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth, 12 And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight. 13 Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem: 14 And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name. 15 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: 16 For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake. 17 And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost. 18 And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.
Saul, who eventually went by Paul (I was gonna say his name was changed. I searched for the Scripture and found this) was intimately familiar with the Old Testament. And he had to have been familiar with the teaching of and about Jesus prior to his conversion-the basis for the persecution. He then spent time with the disciples of Jesus. As he continued in ministry, his relationship with Jesus continued.
As a Christian who believes the Bible, we should believe the Scripture that says all Scripture is given (written) by inspiration of God. 2 Timothy 3:16 Paul wrote that.
He wasn’t taking credit. He was saying he received what he said after praying. Like they did when they waited for the Holy Spirit. Like they did every time they talked to Jesus. They got to pray in person. (This is what we consider prayer today. There are other ways and reasons to pray that have deeper meanings and reasons. But, at its core, base level, prayer is simply a conversation with Jesus.)
If you have not received Salvation, or received it as outlined here, and would like to, it is still available to you. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to discuss it and be pointed somewhere locally. Or look up Holiness, Pentecostal, or Apostolic churches near you.
Someone will baptize you in the name of Jesus for the remission of your sins. Make sure they do it in His name! If they don’t, move to the next place on the list.
You can receive the Holy Spirit wherever you are. You just have to believe the Scripture is true. That Jesus died for the remission of sins to save you. You just have to believe the Holy Spirit is real and can fill you. Ask him for it. Then receive it.
Now, while you can receive it wherever, if you have not received the baptism of the Spirit as evidenced by tongues prior to water baptism, whoever you go to for baptism will pray with you to receive it.
I don’t even know how to end this one. I hope this helped and made sense. If you have ANY questions, please feel free to email me at email@example.com. I don’t know everything. If we are still at an impasse, I will find someone who may be able to get us all the way together.
Jesus loves you. He died for you. He was born JUST to die. He stands waiting with open arms.
Whatever you need can be found in Jesus. Whatever you’re dealing with can be made easier with Jesus. Go peruse some of these blogs. I’m telling you what I know. I am only alive and didn’t commit suicide or become an addict as a result of trauma and pain because of Jesus.
He can fill any void and fix any problem. It won’t be easy. That isn’t promised. But it will be better. It will be more manageable. He loves you.