"Therefore, let all Israel be assured of this" God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ."

When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, "Brothers, what shall we do?"

Acts 2:36-37, NIV 


I have a vivid memory of listening to the radio sermon of one of the most famous evangelists in American history. He read the passage above right up to, and including, the question we just read, "What shall we do?"


I was distressed to hear this imminent preacher stop reading the passage at this point, and answer the question himself.


With a completely different answer than the one the apostle Peter gave in response to the question!


Now, I don't pretend to know what the motive of this gentlemen was in his giving a different answer than the one Peter gave, but I do know this cardinal rule from years of reviewing contracts in the business world: When you have a different guarantee in conversation than you do in the written instructions of the contract, always, always, always go with that which is in writing - you will be much more pleased with the results.


Now, back to the text. What does the Bible record that Peter said in response to the question, "What shall we do?" He said this:


Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven."

Acts 2:38, NIV 


Note that he didn't stop there, for he also said:


"Save yourselves from this corrupt generation."

Acts, 2:40, NIV 


Now, note what the people did not do. They did not say, "But the thief on the cross wasn't baptized." Nor did they say, "We think baptism is a work, so we're not going to do it." No, they did not say these things, but we are told, in writing, what they did:


"Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day."

Acts 2:41, NIV


There is something else that we are told, in writing, about what God did to those people who accepted and obeyed that message:


"And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved."

Acts 2:47, NIV


The New King James Version reads this way:


And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved."

Acts 2:47, NKJV 


So, what did the people do? First of all they listened to Peter when he commanded them to repent and be baptized. Second, they listened to Peter when he commanded them to save themselves. Third, they did not argue with Peter or come up with their own way to be saved. Fourth, the ones who accepted (believed) his message were baptized.


And now notice what God did when they believed, repented, and were baptized: He added them to the church.


That's what the written word of God says. Do you believe it? Or... do you have your own answer?




Today is the 31st day of the 90 day study through the Bible, with the assignment for today being the first two chapters of the book of Acts. The chapters get progressively shorter than those in the Gospels, but they are packed with the inspired word of God. May God bless you as you seek to find an do His will!