“To Him all the prophets witness that, through His name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins.”
Acceptance cannot be obtained on any other ground than that of the covenant of mercy, through the atonement of Christ; but wherever true religion is found, God will accept it without regarding names or sects.
The fear of God and works of righteousness are the substance of true belief, the effects of special grace. Though these are not the cause of a man’s acceptance, yet they show it; and whatever may be wanting in knowledge or faith, will in due time be given by Him who has begun searching for it.
They knew in general the word, that is, the gospel, which God sent to the children of Israel. The claim of this word was, that God by it published the good tidings of peace by Jesus Christ. They knew the several matters of fact relating to the gospel. They knew the baptism of repentance which John preached.
Following in this chapter it seems to show another example of receiving the Holy Ghost prior to being baptized, and then Peter proceeds to make sure everyone is baptized …
Let them know that this Jesus Christ, by whom peace is made between God and man, is Lord of all; not only as over all, God blessed for evermore, but as Mediator. All power, both in heaven and in earth, is put into His hand, and all judgment committed to Him.
God will go with those whom He anoints. The Lord will be with those to whom He has given His Spirit.
Peter then declares Christ’s resurrection from the dead, and the proofs of it. Faith has reference to a testimony, and the Christian faith is built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, on the testimony given by them.
See what must be believed concerning Him. That we are all accountable to Christ as our Judge; so every one must seek God’s favor, and to have Him as our Friend. And if we believe in Him, and commit to His works we shall all be justified by The Lord as our Righteousness.
The remission of sins lays a foundation for all other favors and blessings, by taking that out of the way which hinders the bestowing of them. If sin be pardoned, all is well, and shall end well for ever.
Its a daily walk and choice. If we stray away from this, we not only lose His favor, we lose ourselves to the world …