I am reading in Acts 3. Peter and John, on this occasion, had been instrumental in the healing of a man who was lame from birth. And all the people who were present saw the man who was lame now walking and praising God. And so Peter addressed the people, and he gave all the credit to the Lord Jesus for the healing of this man. But along with that Peter reminded the people that Jesus is the one they denied, and that they denied and they murdered “the Holy and Righteous One,” “the Author of Life,” who God the Father raised from the dead. And then he said this to them:
Acts 3:19-21 ESV
“Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago.”
Now, to repent means “to change one’s mind or purpose, to change the inner man (particularly with reference to acceptance of the will of God).” Also: “changed after being with” and “think differently after” (source: biblehub.com). So, it is like you were walking left, and now you make a U-turn, and you walk in the opposite direction (right). You were walking in sin, and now you have turned, and you are walking in obedience to the Lord and in holiness and in righteousness, in the power of God, by his Spirit.
And to have our sins blotted out requires that we first die with Christ to sin and that we are raised to walk in newness of life in him, no longer as slaves to sin but as slaves to God. For it means “wholly out from,” to “completely remove,” “obliterate,” “remove totally from a previous state with the outcome of being blotted out (erased).” So this isn’t just about forgiveness. This is about delivering us out of a state of being enslaved to sin to a state of walking in obedience to the Lord in walks of holiness and righteousness (see Romans 6:1-23; Romans 8:1-14; Ephesian 4:17-24; 1 Peter 2:24).
And the times of refreshing are the blessings of Jesus Christ, the Messiah, the only begotten Son of God, who is also God. And these blessings are to be enjoyed by us who have put our faith and trust in Jesus Christ and who are living for him – blessings like forgiveness of sins, deliverance from bondage to sin, an intimate relationship with God via faith in Jesus Christ, empowerment of God to live holy lives, fruit of the Spirit in our lives, and love, joy, and peace, etc. These are all the good things of God promised to us who love him and who obey him.
So, Jesus Christ was appointed by God the Father for us, i.e. he was “hand-picked before,” “divinely hand-picked” by God. Jesus Christ (God the Son) was chosen of God from forever to be our sacrificial offering on that cross to take away our sins and to give us new lives in Christ to be lived for his glory. And the prophets of old foretold his coming, that he was the anointed by God to take away the sins of the world.
But this “appointed by God” also refers to God’s sovereign hand in choosing people to be His agents. So, we who are his followers are also hand-picked by God to do the will of God for our lives. So we are to walk in his ways and in his truth, and we are to be those who are teaching others to obey the Lord and to walk in the ways of the Lord. And one day Jesus Christ is going to return for his beloved, for his faithful bride who have continued steadfast in faith in him, in walks of holiness and righteousness, and in obedience to our Lord, and who have not continued in deliberate and habitual sin.
[Matt 7:21-23; Matt 24:9-14; Lu 9:23-26; Rom 1:18-32; Rom 2:6-8; Rom 6:1-23; Rom 8:1-14,24; Rom 12:1-2; Rom 13:11; 1 Co 6:9-10,19-20; 2 Co 5:10,15,21; 1 Co 1:18; 1 Co 15:1-2; 2 Tim 1:8-9; Heb 9:28; 1 Pet 1:5; Gal 5:16-21; Gal 6:7-8; Eph 2:8-10; Eph 4:17-32; Eph 5:3-6; Col 1:21-23; Col 3:5-17; 1 Pet 2:24; Tit 2:11-14; 1 Jn 1:5-9; 1 Jn 2:3-6,24-25; 1 Jn 3:4-10; Heb 3:6,14-15; Heb 10:23-31; Heb 12:1-2; Rev 21:8,27; Rev 22:14-15]
The Lord’s Anointed
An Original Work / December 16, 2011
Based off Isaiah 61
The Spirit of the Sov’reign Lord on me;
Anointed to preach the Good News;
Sent me to bind up the brokenhearted;
Proclaim freedom for the captives.
He sent me to preach release for pris’ners
Who are walking in sin’s darkness;
Proclaim God’s grace to all men who’ll listen;
And tell them about God’s judgments;
Comfort all who mourn;
Give crowns of beauty;
Oil of gladness and thanksgiving.
They will be called oaks of God’s righteousness,
A planting of our Savior, God,
For the display of our Lord’s splendor, and
They will rebuild God’s holy church.
God will renew them, and will restore them,
And you’ll be called priests of the Lord.
You will be ministers of our God, and
You will rejoice in salvation.
The Lord loves justice;
He is faithful to
Reward those who are seeking Him.
I delight greatly in the Lord;
My soul rejoices in my Savior, God.
He has clothed me with His salvation,
And in a robe of His righteousness.
He has given me priestly garments to wear,
As the bride of Jesus Christ.
As the garden of our Lord and Savior,
He causes us to grow in Him.
He makes righteousness,
Praise, and thanksgiving
Spring up before all the nations.