17 “Now, fellow Israelites, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did your leaders.18 But this is how God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, saying that his Messiah would suffer.
Peter now lifted up his hearers to prevent them from becoming too respondent should they refuse his teaching. We should preach in the same way, offering the hope of pardon.
“Ignorance,” Peter said in effect, “made you guilty; but God has brought what he had planes—that Christ should redeem you through his death.” This must be carefully noted since as we think about ourselves we realize that through God’s decrees our evils give way to our salvation. Not that this excuses us from our evil, since we destroy ourselves through sin. We must also guard against the false teaching that God is to blame for following his only Son to suffer at the hands of evil people.