Peter said to them in Acts 2:28, “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.
Peter states three things we must do and gives us the order in which we must do them.
First, he tells us to repent, be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Let us look at the order in which he states them:
1. Repent – The word repent means: to feel sorry, to change one’s way or to change your mind, to start thinking and acting different than before.
2. Baptize – To be submerged in water. We have to go under water, as to die unto self and to come out as to rise up with Christ-in the name of Jesus Christ.
3. Receive – The gift of the Holy Spirit
For we cannot be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ or receive the Holy Spirit if we have sin within us. We must repent of our sins because the Holy Spirit cannot come in where sin lives. The Holy Spirit cannot live where sin is or around sin.
Now that we have repented and emptied our sins, we need to put something within us. And that something would be the Holy Spirit. A person can’t be cleansed of all sins and left empty.
Next, we should be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ and He will wash us clean. The Bible say’s Jesus washes us “As white as snow”.
After we are emptied; we’re now clean. Now let’s go to the next step.
The Holy Spirit has to come inside of us.
Now the Holy Spirit can work in us.
The Bible tells us what happens when a person repents and does not have the Holy Spirit-not the prayer of salvation.
We can be saved without receiving the Holy Spirit but we cannot have the Holy Spirit without being saved.
In Luke 11:24-26, Jesus is speaking:
“When an evil spirit leaves a person, it goes into the desert, searching for rest. But when it finds none it says, I will return to the person I came from. So it returns and finds that its former home is all swept and clean. Then the spirit finds seven other spirits more evil than itself; and they all enter the person and live there. And so that person is worse off than before.”
Jesus tells us that, “it is better that you don’t come in the light than to come in and then walk out.”
When we repent, empty our hearts from all sin. Be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Jesus comes in and sweeps the dirt away that was in our hearts. He puts in order all our thoughts (the way we should think about things), the way we talk, act and feel. Then we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit that comes and lives in us. We are no longer empty. Our house (heart) is filled with the Love of Jesus Christ.
Now when satan (the unclean spirit) comes back, he finds someone living in the house. (The Holy Spirit now lives in our heart).
Satan cannot live where the Spirit of God lives.
Here is an example: Let’s say we have food poison and the doctor is going to pump our stomach first, to take out the poison. Then, he gives us medicine to counteract the damage that was done. He sends us home with more medicine that will help us get our strength back.
Like in the natural, so it is in the spirit realm.
You first repent, then Jesus cleans and the Holy Spirit strengthens us.
It is just like this: A doctor will not come to you and ask if something is wrong. You have to go to the doctor.
Likewise, God will not come to you and say you need to repent; you will have to come to Him and tell Him that something is wrong.
I pray that God’s love fills you and His peace surrounds you.