In Acts 2:38, what does the word ‘for’ mean in Greek?

Q. I have been told that the Greek word “for” in Acts 2:38 means “because of” – NOT – “in order to receive” – the forgiveness of sins. Is this correct?

Let’s look at Acts 2:38

38* Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

¬†According to the Greek Lexicon the word “for” in this verse is translated from the Greek word:

1519 eiv eis {ice}

a primary preposition; TDNT – 2:420,211; prep

AV – into 573, to 281, unto 207, for 140, in 138, on 58,toward 29, against 26, misc 322; 1774

1) into, unto, to, towards, for, among

Had the inspired writer wanted to indicate that baptism was to be administered “because” our sins had been forgiven he could have used the Greek word “dia” which is a preposition that indeed means “because of.”

Acts 22:16
16* ‘Now why do you delay? Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name.’

1 Pet. 3:21
21* Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you–not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience–through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,

Gal. 3
23* But before faith came, we were kept in custody under the law, being shut up to the faith which was later to be revealed. 24* Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith. 25* But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. 26* For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27* For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28* There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29* And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to promise.

Rom. 6:1-7
1* What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? 2* May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it? 3* Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? 4* Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. 5* For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6* knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; 7* for he who has died is freed from sin.

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