THE COMMAND TO PREACH TWO THINGS
* Luke 24:46-47 - Jesus said unto them, "Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: and that repentance AND remission of sins should be preached in His name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem."
"Repentance" should be preached: "Repentance" is from the Greek μετάνοια (metanoia), which means:
* A change of mind; a remorse concerning one's relationship to God (Webster).
* Results from knowing the goodness of God (Rom. 2:4).
* A godly sorrow leading to salvation (2 Cor. 7:9-10).
* A change that is evidence of one's repentance (Mt. 3:8).
* Repentance is the result of genuine faith (Acts 20:21).
* Repentance from dead works is foundational to salvation (Heb. 6:1).
* True repentance should be followed by good works (Acts 26:20).
"Remission" should be preached: "Remission" is from the Greek ἄφεσις (aphesis), which means:
* Forgiveness of sin; excusable, forgivable, pardonable (Webster).
* Christ shed His blood for the remission of our sins (Mt. 26:28).
* John preached repentance and the remission of sins (Mk. 1:4; Lk. 1:77; 3:3).
* Peter preached repentance and the remission of sins (Acts 2:38).
* All who believe in Jesus will receive the remission of their sins (Acts 10:43).
* Without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sins (Heb. 9:22).
* When remission of sins become effective, there is no need of further sacrifice (Heb. 10:17-18).
THREE KEY PASSAGES CONCERNING SALVATION
* Acts 10:39-43 - Peter said, "And we are witnesses of all things which He did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; Whom they crucified and nailed to a cross: God raised Him up the third day, and showed Him openly; not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before by God, even to us, who did eat and drink with Him after He rose from the dead. And He commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is He Who was ordained of God to be the Judge of the living and dead. To Him give all the prophets witness, that through His name, whosoever believes in Him shall receive remission of sins."
* 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 - The Gospel: "For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures."
* Romans 1:16 - "For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ: For it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believes...."