Acts 2:38 - Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off - for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
Peter spoke this on the day of Pentecost after the Holy Spirit was poured out on all the disciples. They were all together waiting, as Jesus had instructed them, and then it happened. God’s Spirit came upon each one of them. At this time the people around them did not understand what was going on. They could all hear the disciples speaking in their own languages and probably acting a little crazy.
With the Holy Spirit in Him Peter stood up with a boldness that he never knew before. He began speaking to the crowd and explaining all that had happened. First he told them of Jesus and that He had been turned over and been crucified. As he spoke these words it brought conviction to those he was speaking to. They asked him what they could do to be saved and this was his answer, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.” He explained how Jesus would forgive their sins and then give them the gift of the Holy Spirit.
This was true for them and it is true for us today. When conviction comes don’t let it condemn you, but let it inspire you to change. Turn from your old ways and receive the promised gift of the Holy Spirit. It is for you and your children and everyone that God calls, and it is His desire that all men be saved. God wants to see everyone walking in the truth with His Spirit inside them. He has made this promise to all mankind. This gift is available to all of us, but we have to choose to receive it.