Topic: Acts 2:38-39
Have you ever questioned if God's promises were for you? Maybe you feel like you don't fit the criteria or for some reason they don't apply to you.
When Jesus said, "God so loved the world," He was talking about you. Jesus goes on to say that whoever believes in Him -- that means anyone and everyone who believes, including you -- will not perish.
Indeed God's love and salvation is offered to everyone:
"[God] is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance." (2 Peter 3:9)
"[God our Savior] wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth." (1 Timothy 2:4)
"[Christ Jesus] gave Himself as a ransom for all men" (1 Timothy 2:6)
Therefore when Jesus made a promise, it was for you.
As well, when New Testament writers quoted Old Testament promises, they demonstrated that those promises also had universal application.
Peter states God's most basic and universal promise in Acts chapter two. "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off -- for all whom the Lord our God will call." (Acts 2:38-39)
This is the promise to which we cling: if we repent of our sins and believe in Jesus, then our sins will be forgiven and we will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
~Thank you, God for Your great and precious promise to forgive us and give us the Holy Spirit. Thank you for Your love.
What are the lies that keep you from believing that God's promises are for you?
What is your response to God's promises?