Peter, now full of the Spirit, boldly, but in plain and simple language addresses the crowd. His presentation does not miss out on the basics of the Good News.
Jesus died and was risen.
God raised him up. In so doing, God freed him, since death’s power could not hold him down. (On this basis, by the way, we can be confident: if we die with Christ we believe that we will also live with him (Romans 6:8)
Jesus is at God’s right hand and has poured out the Holy Spirit (the promise of the Father). Verse 33 points out that this truth is both seen and heard.
God has made him both Lord and Messiah.
So everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved (2: 21)
Not only are we saved from past sin through faith in him. We must submit to his rule and let him be Lord of our lives. This way we daily die to sin and his lordship becomes more evident in our lives.
The early converts responded to the call to repentance and were baptised into the faith with high expectation that their sins would be forgiven and that they would receive the gift of the Holy Spirit so they could grow in grace.
And they did, building each other up as they met for teaching and learning, growing in community, praying and sharing a life of togetherness. The more they did this, the more the community grew. It was truly a movement of community, and not just of individual believers.
Will we accept that we must grow together? It’s not about us self-sufficient individuals. “We, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members of one another “(Romans 12:5)
All praise to our Redeeming Lord, who joins us by his grace,
And bids us, each to each restored, together seek his face.
He bid us build each other up; and gathered into one,
To our high calling’s glorious hope, we hand in hand go on.
The gift which he on one bestows, we all delight to prove;
The grace through every vessel flows, in purest streams of love.
Charles Wesley (1707-1788)