solemnly testifying to both Jews and Greeks of repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
(a) Repentance toward God. In the new covenant, repentance is typically described as a return or turning to God (see entry for Acts 26:20).
(b) Faith and repentance are two sides of the same coin. Repentance is what happens when we first change our minds about the goodness of God (Rom. 2:4); faith is being persuaded that God is good and trustworthy.
“But I do not consider my life of any account as dear to myself, so that I may finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify solemnly of the gospel of the grace of God.
The gospel of the grace of God. It’s the grace of God that makes the good news, good news.
The gospel of grace or the word of grace (Acts 20:32) is synonymous with the gospel of Jesus (2 Th. 1:8) or the word of Christ (Rom. 10:17) for Jesus is the embodiment of the Father’s grace (see entry for 1 Cor. 1:4).
Further reading: “By which gospel are you saved?”
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