Summary: What does the Word of God say concerning salvation
Acts 2:38-39 KJV Then Peter said unto them, 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. (39) For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
Responding to the Gospel of Jesus Christ
After obeying the master and returning to Jerusalem to wait and tarring, the Holy Ghost was poured out upon these followers, the 120 in the room. It really must have been a great experience for them, the pouring out of the Holy Ghost, to see the promise being fulfilled of the Comforter. So here they are, acting as though they had been drinking, and after the public saw them, they could only assumed that these men are drunk ... but Peter standing up with the other 11 told them that they were not drunk, at least drunk like you think ... we are drunk ... but this kind of drunk is different then the one that you have in mind. You see, what is inside us right now is not going to leave us with a hang-over tomorrow, we are not going to wake up the next day wondering where we have been or who we have been with ... what deceases we may have picked up in a stupor. We are not going to wonder where are keys are at, did we make it to the right house.
Peter said, we are drunk ... but this drunk is better ... for we have been filled with a spirit, but this is a different kind of Spirit then you have in mind. You see, this kind of drunk is not going to destroy your mind ... but it is going to renew it. This kind of drunk is not going to leave you down and out ... but it will bring you up and in. This kind of drunk will not destroy your body ... but it will be healing, life and health to you.
Then Peter goes on ... let me tell you where this kind of drunk came about.
Jesus Christ came, and He lived in this world. He was the Messiah that the Old Testament had promised us. Now what this Jesus did was He lived a sinless life, Jesus lived a perfect life. Jesus was made perfect, like the first Adam. But the first Adam had sinned ... and in the book of Romans it says:
Romans 5:12-19 KJV Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned ...(14) Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression ...
Thought: the law brought forth what was sin ... so that we would know what was sin ...
Romans 5:13 KJV For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed (put on account) when there is no law.
Romans 5:17-19 KJV For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one ... (18) Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation ... (19) for as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners
Thought: many were made sinners ... all have sinned ... there will not be a time when you can stand before the Lord and say that “I was a good person ... I did not steal ... murder ... covet ... back bite ... I honored my mother and my father”
Roman 5:14 KJV Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned
So the first Adam passed onto all humanity the guilt of disobedience. All of us are born under the first Adam. We are all clothed with the guilt of humanity. Other then Jesus Christ, the Messiah, there was never anybody born that would escape this thing that was passed on, the sin of the first Adam. But then Jesus Christ comes on the scene and the bible tells us that He was the last Adam. Notice the bible doesn’t say that He was the third Adam, or one of the Adams to come. Jesus was the last Adam, born without sin, lived a sinless life. Lived a life of obedience. So this being drunk as you suppose is taking place because of the last Adam. This is why be He said in the book of John
John 3:7 KJV Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
Now the reason you must be born again is because Jesus wants to transfer life. Jesus wants to take away the life of the first Adam and give to you the life of the second Adam. Jesus said I am going to take away the disobedience of the first Adam, I am going to take away the sin from the first Adam, and I am going to give you the purity of the second Adam. I am going to give you the obedience of the second Adam. I am going to take away the guilt, and give you guiltlessness, I am going to take away the unrighteousness and give back to you righteousness, and in doing this, He will take your soul away from death, hell and the grave. He wants to redeem us, buy us back from death.