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Through Peter’s first sermon, Jesus brings roughly 3000 into his Kingdom by the convicting power of the Spirit working through the retelling of the Passion story. Peter’s message highlights God’s sovereign arrangement of the destiny of Jesus, utilizing the rebellion of human beings to bring salvation to the human race. He pinpoints their guilt in murdering Israel’s Lord and Messiah, but offers them the incredible gifts of forgiveness from this same person and the new life of the Spirit. All they have to do is “save themselves” – by admitting their guilt and throwing themselves on God’s mercy, turning from the ways of the world and welcoming God into their lives. God, who has cut them to the heart, will heal their hearts and bring them into communion with Himself and His new creation (the church).