The fifth book in the New Testament is the book of Acts. This book is the only book of the Bible that records the beginning of the Church. This is Acts, Chapter 2. The apostle Peter was the spokesman for the actions of the beginning church. When his defense was concluded, he was asked, “What must we do?” (Acts 2:37). Then he spoke the immortal words, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost!” (Acts 2:28). Acts 2:38 is the fulfillment of a proper relationship with God as pointed out in the types and shadows of the Old Testament truths.
The steps into the tabernacle of God were the brazen altar, the brazen laver of water and the entrance into the fellowship of power (Exodus 27). Acts 2:38 is following Jesus in his death, burial and resurrection, In John 13:36 Jesus said, “Where I’m going now, you cannot follow, but afterwards you shall!” Repentance is death to the old nature. Baptism is the burial (Col 2:2). Receiving the Holy Ghost is the resurrection (Romans 6:4). Luke is the first one to record Acts 2:38 and it was spoken by Jesus himself! Repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations beginning at Jerusalem – Luke 24:47, Acts 2.