Separated Unto Him
A Sermon on Acts 2:37-47
Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you 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 for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.” So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.
The Fellowship of the Believers
And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved. (ESV)
What is a Christian? What does it mean to be separated unto Him? In his exposition of Acts 2:37-47, Dr. Lloyd-Jones tells of true repentance and salvation found with Christ. To believe in Christ is to reject outward religious tradition and put your faith in the truth of Jesus Christ. Mankind is born in a terribly dangerous position before God, a position of darkness and rejection of His gospel. The evil that fills our hearts remains until as Paul said in Ephesians, "God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ--by grace you have been saved." When a person repents, it is only then that true happiness begins. This inward happiness comes from being forgiven, and knowing the great relief of being loved by our King. From that moment on, as Dr. Lloyd-Jones describes, the believers life is separated from this evil world and separated into and unto the kingdom of God and His son Jesus Christ.