ImmerseMessiah NLT - Page 76


“Dear brothers, think about this! You can be sure that the patriarch
David wasn’t referring to himself, for he died and was buried, and his
tomb is still here among us. But he was a prophet, and he knew God had
promised with an oath that one of David’s own descendants would sit on
his throne. David was looking into the future and speaking of the Messiah’s
resurrection. He was saying that God would not leave him among the dead
or allow his body to rot in the grave.
“God raised Jesus from the dead, and we are all witnesses of this. Now
he is exalted to the place of highest honor in heaven, at God’s right hand.
And the Father, as he had promised, gave him the Holy Spirit to pour out
upon us, just as you see and hear today. For David himself never ascended
into heaven, yet he said,
‘The Lord said to my Lord,
“Sit in the place of honor at my right hand
until I humble your enemies,
making them a footstool under your feet.”’
“So let everyone in Israel know for certain that God has made this Jesus,
whom you crucified, to be both Lord and Messiah!”
Peter’s words pierced their hearts, and they said to him and to the other
apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?”
Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God,
and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your
sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. This promise is to
you, to your children, and to those far away—all who have been called
by the Lord our God.” Then Peter continued preaching for a long time,
strongly urging all his listeners, “Save yourselves from this crooked
Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the
church that day—about 3,000 in all.
All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to
fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to
A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed
many miraculous signs and wonders. And all the believers met together
in one place and shared everything they had. They sold their property and
possessions and shared the money with those in need. They worshiped
together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and
shared their meals with great joy and generosity—all the while praising
God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord
added to their fellowship those who were being saved.

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