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Chapter 3

Lame Man Healed V1 - 10


3:1 Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time for prayer, at three o'clock in the afternoon.


At this time the Christian church were still going up to the Temple to pray and so at about 3.00 p.m. Peter and John make their way to join the public afternoon prayers.


3:2 And a man lame from birth was being carried up, who was placed at the temple gate called "the Beautiful Gate" every day so he could beg for money from those going into the temple courts.


In doing so they entered by the Beautiful gate where a man who was born crippled in both legs was brought every day in order to make a living by begging.   Although Jesus had gone into the Temple area on a number of occasions we are not told that He ever saw or met this man and yet he must have been brought there according to this verse.  


3:3-4 When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple courts, he asked them for money. Peter looked directly at him (as did John) and said, "Look at us!"


When this man saw Peter and John he immediately asks them for money. In response they both set their gaze upon him in Holy Ghost boldness with the firm intention of meeting this man in his need and commanded him to fix his eyes upon them.   '


3:5 So the lame man paid attention to them, expecting to receive something from them.


The man gave them all his attention expecting, from their remarks, to receive something.


3:6 But Peter said, "I have no silver or gold, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, stand up and walk!"


Peter first of all admits that he of himself has nothing to give the man but using the full Name of our Lord '"Jesus Christ"" commands healing for the lame man.   In this first recorded miracle performed by the disciples we are given the key for use by all believers in exercising faith's authority by using the full title of the Lord.   'Lord' - for He is Lord over all things (Acts 10: 36);  'Jesus" - for He is the Saviour, Deliverer and Preserver of our souls;   'Christ" - the Messiah, anointed one of God to whom all power and authority is given (Math. 28: 18;  1 Cor. 1: 24).


3:7 Then Peter took hold of him by the right hand and raised him up, and at once the man's feet and ankles were made strong.


Peter gives the man an helping hand to rise to his feet and immediately not only the bones of his  feet and ankles, which is all that is mentioned here, but also the tendons and muscles received strength and power.   Here we see not only the Gift of Healing in operation but also the Working of Miracles.  


3:8-9 He jumped up, stood and began walking around, and he entered the temple courts with them, walking and leaping and praising God. All the people saw him walking and praising God,


He doesn't drag himself up but leaps up with the vibrant new life that has been given him for he knows that he has been completely healed (Isaiah 35: 6), and enters the Temple with them.   One minute walking, then leaping and skipping like a new lamb and giving praise to God all at the same time.   He was so taken up with what had happened to him to care about all the people that were looking at him.  '


3:10 and they recognized him as the man who used to sit and ask for donations at the Beautiful Gate of the temple, and they were filled with astonishment and amazement at what had happened to him.


But when they realised this was the very same man who had been lame from birth and who had sat begging at the Beautiful Gate for many years, they were absolutely astonished at what had happened to him.



Peter's 2nd Sermon


3:11 While the man was hanging on to Peter and John, all the people, completely astounded, ran together to them in the covered walkway called Solomon's Portico.


While the man still clung tightly to Peter and John (not because he was afraid of falling) all the people ran and crowded around them at Solomon's Porch (John 10:23) in great amazement over the mighty miracle that had been done.  


3:12 'When Peter saw this, he declared to the people, "Men of Israel, why are you amazed at this? Why do you stare at us as if we had made this man walk by our own power or piety?


On seeing this Peter takes the opportunity brought about by the man's healing to preach his second sermon.   Of course the people naturally thought that they had healed the man and so first of all Peter corrects this, he is very careful to give all the glory and praise to the one to whom it belonged, the Lord.   It was not done by  any power of their own or by any godliness that they had.


3:13-15 The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of our forefathers, has glorified his servant Jesus, whom you handed over and rejected in the presence of Pilate after he had decided to release him. But you rejected the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a man who was a murderer be released to you. You killed the Originator of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this fact we are witnesses!


He points them to Jesus Christ, the one whom the God of their forefathers had glorified (John 13: 31 - 32).   The very one who they had handed over to be put to death and despite Pontius Pilates efforts to set Him free, they denied, disowned and rejected Him and asked for the release of Barabas instead.  On the surface this verse sounds a contradiction for how could the 'Prince of Life', that is, the very source - the author of life be killed (John 5: 21; 11: 25).   What is meant is that Jesus Christ, the Son of Man, was put to death in the body.   To show that He was indeed the Prince of Life. God raised Him from the dead and they were witnesses to this.


3:16 'And on the basis of faith in Jesus' name, his very name has made this man — whom you see and know — strong. The faith that is through Jesus has given him this complete health in the presence of you all.


It was not Peter and John who had healed the man but it was accomplished by three things working together and being applied by them  'in the Name of Jesus', not used as a charm but with all the authority and power of His Name that He has given to believers  (John 14:14). The equivalent would be "in the name of the King" used by those who carry out a king's business.  Through 'faith" in His Name.   Peter and John had no doubt that when they commanded the man to be healed, that he would be.   They believed in the power of the Name.  It was not a faith of their own but that which was given to them by the Lord. The gift of faith  is one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit  (1 Cor. 12:9). Thus the man was made completely whole.


3:17-18 And now, brothers, I know you acted in ignorance, as your rulers did too. But the things God foretold long ago through all the prophets — that his Christ would suffer — he has fulfilled in this way.


In saying what he does in this verse Peter shows them that all is not lost, that the door is still open to them.  For it was in their spiritual blindness and ignorance of the scriptures and the words of the prophets, particularly of the suffering Messiah in Isaiah 53, that they had crucified and rejected Christ.


3:19 Therefore repent and turn back so that your sins may be wiped out,


He calls them to repentance, as he did in his first sermon, that their sins may be forgiven and forgotten, that they may be changed (2 Cor. 5:17). That they may enjoy times of refreshing from knowing and experiencing His presence.   '


3:20-21 so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and so that he may send the Messiah appointed for you — that is, Jesus. This one heaven must receive until the time all things are restored, which God declared from times long ago through his holy prophets.


As Peter is only addressing Jews these verses would seem to speak of the return of the Lord to restore all things to Israel and to rule as their King which would be the millennium period (Luke 1:32; Rev. 20:4-6).  For He has been received into heaven where He will remain until that day when comes again to stand on Mount Olivet.


3:22-23 Moses said, The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your brothers. You must obey him in everything he tells you. Every person who does not obey that prophet will be destroyed and thus removed from the people.


These verses are a quote from Deuteronomy 18:15-19 giving the promise of the Prophet Christ and the Word of Life that He would give that would be salvation to those who heard and believed but condemnation to those who will not hear and believe.


3:24 And all the prophets, from Samuel and those who followed him, have spoken about and announced these days.


All the prophets from Samuel onwards foretold of these things that had now come to pass.


3:25  You are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant that God made with your ancestors, saying to Abraham, 'And in your descendants all the nations of the earth will be blessed.'


God had called out and separated to Himself the Jewish nation and had given and committed His word to them.   He had made a promise to Abraham that from his offspring would come the One who would be the means of blessing to all nations.   '


3:26 God raised up his servant and sent him first to you, to bless you by turning each one of you from your iniquities."


God had sent His Son, Jesus Christ, first of all to the Jews (Math. 15: 24) with the Gospel message that they might be saved.  But not only the Jew but Gentiles also (John 1:11-13).

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