Beginning from Jerusalem
Be Immersed for the Remission of Sins
Luke 24:45 Then opened he their mind, that they might understand the scriptures; 46 and he said unto them, Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer, and rise again from the dead the third day; 47 and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name unto all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 Ye are witnesses of these things. 49 And behold, I send forth the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city, until ye be clothed with power from on high.
Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to the whole creation. 16 He that believeth and is immersed (water) shall be saved; but he that disbelieveth shall be condemned.
Peter spoke at Jerusalem:
Act 2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was now come, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a sound as of the rushing of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared unto them tongues parting asunder, like as of fire; and it sat upon each one of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Act 2:5 Now there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven. 6 And when this sound was heard, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speaking in his own language. 7 And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying, Behold, are not all these that speak Galilaeans? 8 And how hear we, every man in our own language wherein we were born? 9 Parthians and Medes and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, in Judaea and Cappadocia, in Pontus and Asia, 10 in Phrygia and Pamphylia, in Egypt and the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and sojourners from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11 Cretans and Arabians, we hear them speaking in our tongues the mighty works of God. 12 And they were all amazed, and were perplexed, saying one to another, What meaneth this? 13 But others mocking said, They are filled with new wine.
Act 2:22 Ye men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God unto you by mighty works and wonders and signs which God did by him in the midst of you, even as ye yourselves know; 23 him, being delivered up by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye by the hand of lawless men did crucify and slay: 24 whom God raised up, having loosed the pangs of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it. 25 For David saith concerning him, I beheld the Lord always before my face; For he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved: 26 Therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; Moreover my flesh also shall dwell in hope: 27 Because thou wilt not leave my soul unto Hades, Neither wilt thou give thy Holy One to see corruption. 28 Thou madest known unto me the ways of life; Thou shalt make me full of gladness with thy countenance. 29 Brethren, I may say unto you freely of the patriarch David, that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us unto this day. 30 Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins he would set one upon his throne; 31 he foreseeing this spake of the resurrection of the Christ, that neither was he left unto Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption. 32 This Jesus did God raise up, whereof we all are witnesses. 33 Being therefore by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he hath poured forth this, which ye see and hear. 34 For David ascended not into the heavens: but he saith himself, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, 35 Till I make thine enemies the footstool of thy feet. 36 Let all the house of Israel therefore know assuredly, that God hath made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom ye crucified.
How did the men answered God, through Peter, on Pentecost, after hearing of Jesus' resurrection and this Jesus whom ye crucified (shedding of his blood)?
Acts 2:37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and the rest of the apostles, Brethren, what shall we do?
Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be immersed every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins.
Acts 2:40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.
Acts 2:41Then they that gladly received his word were immersed: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
Peter "immersion (water) doth also now save us"
Peter later wrote eight souls through water were saved in the day of Noah and how similarly immersion (baptism, water) doth also now save us (Act 2:38 giving forgiveness of sins, Rom 6:7 ASV is justified from sin). Peter explains their immersion (water) wasn't a usual immersion, such as a bath for putting away filth, but instead the answer (to be immersed) of a good conscious (consciousness, awareness, realization they are in sin and need justification, men wanting to be justified, set free from their sins, to receive resurrection, to have eternal life) from God. The good conscience (awareness) of knowing one is in sin and needs to be immersed (water) in Christ, is through hearing the hope, in the resurrection of Jesus Christ and shedding of blood. The resurrection and the blood have the power to declare, show forth, proclaim its message of righteousness, to prick men in their heart, making them aware they are in sin and need justification.
1Pe 3:20 that aforetime were disobedient, when the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water: The like figure whereunto [even] immersion (baptism, water) doth also now save us, not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience from God, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:
Have you a good conscious (awareness of your sin and needing to be justified), same as the first century hearers of Peter's first sermon, to answer gladly God through immersion (water) in Christ for the forgiveness of your sins?
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