They are three vitally important verses:
"Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord; and that He may send Jesus, the Christ appointed for you, whom heaven must receive until the period of restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time." (Acts 3.19-21)
We are called to "repent and return." Agree with God concerning sin in your life. Regret the error of your ways, and return to Him so that your sins may be "wiped away;" erased and forgiven. This is all done through faith in the sinless Son of God, who has paid the price for our sin. God will then send Jesus to us: now, through the inner presence of Holy Spirit, but ultimately in the future at His literal return. Notice:
"whom heaven must receive until the period of restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time."
Seated now at our Father's right hand, Jesus remains there "until the period of restoration of all things." A future age is coming in which all that is damaged and broken will be restored to perfection. That includes us. Aging, weakening, frail mortal bodies will be replaced with perfect, limitless ones. Broken emotions and mental conditions will also be replaced with perfect ones. And, the earth will be returned to its paradise splendor, as it was in the beginning.
These three verses are the salvation plan in a nutshell. They are "the good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ." (Acts 8.12) May they encourage us as we take them to heart, and may we freely share them with others.
©Steve Taylor, 2017 --Used by permission