Witnessing

As he & John were surrounded by the crowd, Peter was inspired by the Holy Spirit to share another message from God (233).

“Fellow Israelites, why are you staring at us in such surprise? Do not think that we made this man walk by our own power.  The God of our ancestors, Abraham, Isaac, & Jacob, gave such power & divine glory only to his son Jesus.

“You handed Jesus over to the authorities; you rejected him before Pilate, even after Pilate had decided to set him free!  Jesus was holy & good, but you demanded that Pilate release to you a murderer instead of Jesus.  So you killed the only one who can lead us to life.

“But God has raised Jesus from death, and we have witnessed this! And it was the power of Jesus’ name that gave strength to this lame man. What you have witnessed was done by faith in Jesus.

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“I know that what you & your leaders did to Jesus was due to your ignorance.  God’s prophets had foretold that his Messiah had to suffer, and it was ultimately God who caused those prophecies to be fulfilled in this way.

“Yet now, when you repent & turn to God, you will receive forgiveness of your sins & spiritual strength from God!

“In time, God will send Jesus to us again.  But until that time when all things will be made new, Jesus remains in heaven.

“Remember, God also announced this long ago, through his holy prophets. Moses himself said, ‘God will send you a prophet like me; he will be one of your own people. You are to obey everything that he tells you to do. Anyone who does not obey that prophet shall be separated from God’s people and destroyed.’  In the same way, all of God’s prophets, including Samuel & those who came after him, also foretold what has been happening in these days.

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“All you Israelites share in the covenant which God made with your ancestors, so all God’s promises are for you.  God said to Abraham, ‘Through your descendants I will bless all the people on earth.’

Now, God has sent his son to you first, to bless you, by calling every one of you to turn away from your sins.  Turn to Jesus!”

 

(233) Acts 3:12-26

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