|Acts 3:20-23 |
20 so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send the Christ [the anointing] appointed for you;1 [In Acts 3:26 below, Peter tells us that God sends Jesus to you to bless you, in turning every one of you from your iniquities [sins]; this is the first function of the Holy Spirit, sent by the Father in the name of Jesus, to prove the world wrong [reprove all men] concerning sin. John 16:8. In furtherance of God's blessing, God may send, (providing you respond with full repentance ), the Christ, (the anointing), which is Jesus Christ in Spirit to the believer who has repented and is purified of all sins, free from even the desires to sin. This is when Jesus appears in the hearts of those who have repented to have a pure heart; Jesus is seen and guides those in whom, (with their repentance to His many listened-to commands), He has removed all sins, (even the desires to sin), from their heart. Notice — this second appearance of Jesus is a personal experience of purified believers, not a one-time appearance to the whole world; those purified see Him appear while they are still on the earth; those not purified see Him when they die.]
21 Whom heaven is behooved to take up until the time all things are restored, which God has spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began. [Jesus was already in heaven, so whom is heaven behooved to take up?—the believer who totally repents, has his sins blotted out, and has received the anointing, Jesus, to rule his words and deeds.]
22 For Moses truly said [about Jesus] to the forefathers, 'From among you the Lord your God shall raise up a prophet like me from your brothers; you shall listen to him in everything, whatever he says to you.
23 And it shall come to pass, that every soul that does not listen to and obey that prophet will be destroyed and removed from the people.'2 [This also applies to all men in all nations for Jesus, the light in every man, anonymously pleads with men to turn from their evil ways; but most men in their darkness ignore those pleas because they love their selfish, sinful life. If a man heeds those pleas, the Lord pours more of His Spirit on them, giving them a hunger to seek Him further. When they die, those who did not wait to listen and then obey the Lord will be banned from heaven, and their souls will be destroyed. From the Word of the Lord within: "Everyone is expecting Jesus to be their excuse. All men are without excuse; if I were silent, they would have an excuse. I've warned them and given them the requirements and preached the exclusions; they should not expect anything else or conclusion. The way is clear: listen and obey."]
2 And it shall come to pass, that every soul that does not listen to and obey that prophet [Jesus] will be thus destroyed and removed from the people.' This references a combination of commands in Deu 18:19 and Lev 23:29-30. Leviticus references a failure to honor the day of atonement, which in the New Covenant would be a failure to secure the promises that Jesus' atonement provided: freedom from sin, the bringing of salvation, union with Christ and God [junior but up to], and translation into the Kingdom of God. Only the soul is destroyed; the spirit lives. See Is There Hope For All Men and Women.