19 Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, 20 and that he may send the Messiah, who has been appointed for you—even Jesus.
No one can become repentant unless he has salvation set before him.
Nothing troubles our conscience more than to know that we have to give an account to God of all we have done. So long as our senses concentrate on this world, they are dulled. So the message about the last judgment must ring out like a trumpet calling us to appear before God’s judgment-seat. Once we are awake to this, we start to think about a new life.
Christ, our Master, teaches us in the Gospel that the Father has also appointed him to be our Judge, and he will one day come to be such. In the meantime we must obey his teaching so that we may benefit from our faith.