Answer: "REPENT" and "BE
Contrary to the thinking of many
people today, Acts 2:38 shows that one
must do more than merely repent to be forgiven -- one must also be
In 1977 I became a Christian.
Prior to that time, I had been in various
religious denominations that taught salvation by "faith only." I can
remember reading this verse way back then and knowing that it did say I
had to also be baptized; but, at the time, I would have to blot out
from my mind that "be baptized" part because it wasn't in harmony with
what the denominational preacher and the others there were teaching me.
How wrong I had been.
I heard a story once about a
Christian who was trying to teach a woman
the need for water baptism. It seemed that he was getting nowhere, so
he asked the woman to merely read Acts 2:38; and he wouldn't say
anything. After reading the verse, the woman looked up to the silent
man and said, "But that's your opinion."
Still another person once said
during the course of a Bible study, "You
can't get baptism out of Acts 2:38!" "That's right, ma'm," the fellow
replied. "It's there to stay!"
"And Peter said to them, "Repent,
and let each of you be baptized in
the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins...." (NASB).
Interestingly, one of the earlier
editions of the New International
Version renders Acts 2:38 as follows: "Peter replied, 'Repent and be
baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ SO THAT YOUR
SINS MAY BE FORGIVEN...." (emphasis mine).
Could it be any clearer than that?