...“Brethren, what shall we do?”
Peter said to them, “Repent,
and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ
for the forgiveness of your sins;
and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
For the promise is for you and your children
and for all who are far off,
as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself.”
And with many other words he solemnly testified
and kept on exhorting them, saying,
“Be saved from this perverse generation!”
So then, those who had received his word were baptized;
and that day there were added about three thousand souls.
They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching
and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer...."
"Brethren, my heart’s desire and my prayer to God
for them is for their salvation.
For I testify about them that they have a zeal for God,
but not in accordance with knowledge.
For not knowing about God’s righteousness
and seeking to establish their own,
they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God.
For Christ is the end of the law
for righteousness to everyone who believes.
For Moses writes that the man who practices the righteousness
which is based on law shall live by that righteousness.
But the righteousness based on faith speaks as follows:
“Do not say in your heart,
‘Who will ascend into heaven?’ (that is, to bring Christ down),
or ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’
(that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).”
But what does it say?
“The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart”
—that is, the word of faith which we are preaching,
that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord,
and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead,
you will be saved;
for with the heart a person believes,
resulting in righteousness,
and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.
For the Scripture says,
“Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.”
For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek;
for the same Lord is Lord of all,
abounding in riches for all who call on Him;
for “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved...”
“Come now, and let us reason together,”
Says the Lord,
“Though your sins are as scarlet,
They will be as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson,
They will be like wool.