All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the LORD. All the families of the nations will bow down before You,
for kingship belongs to the LORD; He rules over the nations.
The LORD has made His victory known; He has revealed His righteousness in the sight of the nations.
He has remembered His love and faithfulness to the house of Israel; all the ends of the earth have seen our God's victory.
"This is My Servant; I strengthen Him, [this is] My Chosen One; I delight in Him. I have put My Spirit on Him; He will bring justice to the nations.
He will not cry out or shout or make His voice heard in the streets.
He will not break a bruised reed, and He will not put out a smoldering wick; He will faithfully bring justice.
He will not grow weak or be discouraged until He has established justice on earth. The islands will wait for His instruction."
He says, "It is not enough for you to be My servant raising up the tribes of Jacob and restoring the protected ones of Israel. I will also make you a light for the nations, to be My salvation to the ends of the earth."
The LORD has displayed His holy arm in the sight of all the nations; all the ends of the earth will see the salvation of our God.
"Knowing their works and their thoughts, I have come to gather all nations and languages; they will come and see My glory.
I will establish a sign among them, and I will send survivors from them to the nations-- to Tarshish, Put, Lud (who are archers), Tubal, Javan, and the islands far away-- who have not heard of My fame or seen My glory. And they will proclaim My glory among the nations.
Then He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation.
Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
and repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
You are witnesses of these things.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."
Then Paul and Barnabas boldly said: "It was necessary that God's message be spoken to you first. But since you reject it, and consider yourselves unworthy of eternal life, we now turn to the Gentiles!
For this is what the Lord has commanded us: I have appointed you as a light for the Gentiles, to bring salvation to the ends of the earth."
Therefore, let it be known to you that this saving work of God has been sent to the Gentiles; they will listen!"
But I ask, "Did they not hear?" Yes, they did: Their voice has gone out to all the earth, and their words to the ends of the inhabited world.
if indeed you remain grounded and steadfast in the faith, and are not shifted away from the hope of the gospel that you heard. [This gospel] has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and I, Paul, have become a minister of it.
"Repent," Peter said to them, "and be baptized, each of you, in the name of Jesus the Messiah for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
For the promise is for you and for your children, and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call."
So those who accepted his message were baptized, and that day about 3,000 people were added to them.
But when they believed Philip, as he proclaimed the good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized.
Then even Simon himself believed. And after he was baptized, he went around constantly with Philip and was astounded as he observed the signs and great miracles that were being performed.
When the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had welcomed God's message, they sent Peter and John to them.
After they went down there, they prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Spirit.
For He had not yet come down on any of them; they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
As they were traveling down the road, they came to some water. The eunuch said, "Look, there's water! What would keep me from being baptized?"
[[And Philip said, "If you believe with all your heart you may." And he replied, "I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God."]]
Then he ordered the chariot to stop, and both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him.
At once something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he got up and was baptized.
"Can anyone withhold water and prevent these from being baptized, who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?"
And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to stay for a few days.
After she and her household were baptized, she urged us, "If you consider me a believer in the Lord, come and stay at my house." And she persuaded us.
Once, as we were on our way to prayer, a slave girl met us who had a spirit of prediction and made a large profit for her owners by fortune-telling.
As she followed Paul and us she cried out, "These men are the slaves of the Most High God, who are proclaiming to you the way of salvation."
And she did this for many days. But Paul was greatly aggravated, and turning to the spirit, said, "I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her!" And it came out right away.
When her owners saw that their hope of profit was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to the authorities.
And bringing them before the chief magistrates, they said, "These men are seriously disturbing our city. They are Jews,
and are promoting customs that are not legal for us as Romans to adopt or practice."
Then the mob joined in the attack against them, and the chief magistrates stripped off their clothes and ordered them to be beaten with rods.
After they had inflicted many blows on them, they threw them in jail, ordering the jailer to keep them securely guarded.
Receiving such an order, he put them into the inner prison and secured their feet in the stocks.
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.
Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the jail were shaken, and immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone's chains came loose.
When the jailer woke up and saw the doors of the prison open, he drew his sword and was going to kill himself, since he thought the prisoners had escaped.
But Paul called out in a loud voice, "Don't harm yourself, because all of us are here!"
Then the jailer called for lights, rushed in, and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas.
Then he escorted them out and said, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?"
So they said, "Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved-- you and your household."
Then they spoke the message of the Lord to him along with everyone in his house.
He took them the same hour of the night and washed their wounds. Right away he and all his family were baptized.
"Then with what [baptism] were you baptized?" he asked them. "With John's baptism," they replied.
Paul said, "John baptized with a baptism of repentance, telling the people that they should believe in the One who would come after him, that is, in Jesus."
On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
Is Christ divided? Was it Paul who was crucified for you? Or were you baptized in Paul's name?
I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius,
so that no one can say you had been baptized in my name.
I did, in fact, baptize the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I don't know if I baptized anyone else.
Otherwise what will they do who are being baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, then why are people baptized for them?
Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the pledge of a good conscience toward God) through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
After Jesus was baptized, He went up immediately from the water. The heavens suddenly opened for Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming down on Him.
And there came a voice from heaven: This is My beloved Son. I take delight in Him!
Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness. They will rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the animals, all the earth, and the creatures that crawl on the earth."
The LORD bless you and protect you;
the LORD make His face shine on you, and be gracious to you;
the LORD look with favor on you and give you peace.
In this way they will put My name on the Israelites, and I will bless them."
Approach Me and listen to this. From the beginning I have not spoken in secret; from the time anything existed, I was there." And now the Lord God has sent me and His Spirit.
Now there are different gifts, but the same Spirit.
There are different ministries, but the same Lord.
And there are different activities, but the same God is active in everyone and everything.
For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.
For there are three that testify:
John: To the seven churches in the province of Asia. Grace and peace to you from the One who is, who was, and who is coming; from the seven spirits before His throne;
and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and has set us free from our sins by His blood,
and made us a kingdom, priests to His God and Father-- to Him be the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.