|Acts 3:19-21 |
19 Therefore repent and turn back [to God], so that your sins may be blotted out, [Your sins are blotted out if, and only if: 1) you repent of all evil that you understand and able to turn from, and 2) you persistently and patiently wait on God in humble silence, listening and watching for His commands and teachings, obeying all you are commanded by Him, and endure in complete obedience to the end when you see Jesus appear in your heart to bring your salvation and eternal life. It's really simple and logical: if you are changed by the grace of God so that you not only do not sin, but don't even have a faint desire to sin, and are then guided by God in everything to do and say, there is no need to hold you accountable for your sins that have been destroyed by the Spirit; but make no mistake, you will still be accountable for your sin until you have crucified your sinful nature to have Christ become your true Lord, Master, and King.]
20 so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send the Christ [the anointing] appointed for you;1 [In Acts 3:26 below, Peter tells us that God sends Jesus to you to bless you, in turning every one of you from your iniquities [sins]; this is the first function of the Holy Spirit, sent by the Father in the name of Jesus, to prove the world wrong [reprove all men] concerning sin. John 16:8. In furtherance of God's blessing, God may send, (providing you respond with full repentance ), the Christ, (the anointing), which is Jesus Christ in Spirit to the believer who has repented and is purified of all sins, free from even the desires to sin. This is when Jesus appears in the hearts of those who have repented to have a pure heart; Jesus is seen and guides those in whom, (with their repentance to His many listened-to commands), He has removed all sins, (even the desires to sin), from their heart. Notice — this second appearance of Jesus is a personal experience of purified believers, not a one-time appearance to the whole world; those purified see Him appear while they are still on the earth; those not purified see Him when they die.]
21 Whom heaven is behooved to take up until the time all things are restored, which God has spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began. [Jesus was already in heaven, so whom is heaven behooved to take up?—the believer who totally repents, has his sins blotted out, and has received the anointing, Jesus, to rule his words and deeds.]
1 Notice! so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send [mark, possible future tense] the Christ, the anointing, appointed for you; This speaks to God sending Jesus (as Christ, the anointing), to the people after Jesus had been crucified and resurrected. This is the second appearance of Jesus, as he is seen in your heart; and for this purpose Jesus is revealed in us to destroy the works of the devil; and as Paul said: it pleased God to reveal his son in me.