Question:

Hello,

I have a question for you. Isn't Acts 2:38 still under the Old Covenant? I notice that everyone saved after Acts 2:38 was told to just believe. Acts 2:38 was intended for those Jews who were under the Old Covenant and it is the last we see of water baptism until the New Covenant begins.

Thank you.

Answer:

The Old Covenant ended with Jesus' death on the cross (Colossians 2:13-14). Acts 2:38 takes place after Jesus' death. In fact, a portion of Peter's lesson, just prior to this, was to charge those present with having a hand in the death of Jesus.

Baptism is mentioned over eighty times in the New Testament. Acts 2:38 is the first time it is mentioned after Jesus' death, but it certainly is not the last time. See Notes on Examples of Conversion.

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