Summary of the Week
1 John 3:1â€“7
The risen Lord Jesus taught His disciples â€œthat the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the deadâ€ and â€œthat repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nationsâ€ (Luke 24:46â€“47). Therefore, St. Peter preaches repentance and forgiveness to the people of Jerusalem. As he proclaims that Jesus fulfilled all that â€œGod foretold by the mouth of all the prophetsâ€ (Acts 3:18), he also convicts the people of their sin, because they â€œdelivered over and deniedâ€ this Lord Jesus and â€œkilled the Author of life.â€ Yet God â€œglorified his servant Jesusâ€ and raised Him from the dead (Acts 3:13â€“15). St. Peter calls the people to repent, so that their â€œsins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lordâ€ (Acts 3:19â€“20). Through this forgiveness of sins and by faith in this forgiveness, the Father shows His love for us in order that â€œwe should be called children of God; and so we areâ€ (1 John 3:1). Thus, we hope in Him and are made pure even â€œas he is pure,â€ because â€œhe appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sinâ€ (1 John 3:3, 5).