Acts 2:38

Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” On the surface, Acts 2:38 seems to be a straightforward, simple verse.  Peter commands repentance and baptism in Jesus’s name.  Those who obeyed in faith would receive the forgiveness of sins and the Holy Spirit.  However, this simple interpretation contradicts what many have come to believe.  Most of the evangelical world interprets Acts 2:38 thusly:  “Receive the gift of the Holy Spirit in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins so that you can repent and be baptized.”  

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