38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him. 39 “We are witnesses of everything he did in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They killed him by hanging him on a cross, 40 but God raised him from the dead on the third day and caused him to be seen. 41 He was not seen by all the people, but by witnesses whom God had already chosen—by us who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42 He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. 43 All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”
We diminish God’s majesty if we do not accept and revere those he marks as his servants.
We must try not to let our own unworthiness and ingratitude obscure the kindness of the Son of God towards us.
We believe in Christ partly so that he may restore us to the Father’s favour by the free imputation of righteousness and partly so that he may sanctify us by his Spirit. We know that God adopts us at his children on the condition that he may govern us by his Spirit.