"For the Remission of Sins"
"Then Peter said to them, 'Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins'..." Acts 2:38 (NKJV)
Some contend that the phrase "for the remission of sins" here means because the sins have already been remitted, which means dismissed, or forgiven. Many believe that their sins were previously forgiven, and now because of this, they are baptized.
But is that what this passage means?
Let's consider another verse, where Jesus says:
"For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins." Matthew 26:28 (NKJV)
Why did Jesus have to shed His blood? Did He shed it in order for sins to be forgiven, or because sins had already been forgiven?
We read that:
"For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins." Hebrews 10:4 (NKJV)
"and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood," Revelation 1:5 (NKJV)
So we find that it was necessary that Jesus die and shed His blood in order for sins to be forgiven.
The phrase "for the remission of sins" in Matthew 26:28 in the Greek is exactly the same as is found in Acts 2:38. If Matthew 26:28 means Jesus shed His blood in order for, from that time forward, sins to be remitted, then Acts 2:38 must mean the very same thing. One must repent and be baptized in order for, from that time forward, one's sins to be forgiven.
Any other interpretation than this makes the clear meaning of one passage of scripture disagree with another.
Jesus Christ, the Son of God - Proven By Prophecy
There are over 330 prophecies given in the Old Testament regarding the coming Messiah, Jesus the Christ, the Son of the Living God.
To be valid, a prophecy must be:
(1) Far removed in time from the fulfillment.
(2) Given in such detail there can be no mistake when fulfilled.
(3) Given by a plausible prophet, or foreteller.
(4) Fulfilled definitively and without question.
A very few examples that meet the above requirements:
Micah 5:2, fulfilled in Mat. 2:6
Hosea 11:1, fulfilled in Mat. 2:15
Jeremiah 31:15, fulfilled in Mat. 2:17-18
Joel 2:28-32, fulfilled in Acts 2:16-24
These and many more are given in God's word to us, to prove to us and make us to believe (John 20:30-31) that Jesus was the prophecied and the true "very Christ" (Acts 9:22).