Acts 3

Healing the Lame Beggar

1 Now 1Peter and John were going up to the temple at the ninth hour, 2the hour of prayer.
2 And 3a man who had been lame from his mother's womb was being carried along, whom they 4used to set down every day at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, 5in order to beg alms of those who were entering the temple.
3 When he saw 6Peter and John about to go into the temple, he began asking to receive alms.
4 But Peter, along with John, 7fixed his gaze on him and said, "Look at us!"
5 And he began to give them his attention, expecting to receive something from them.
6 But Peter said, "I do not possess silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you: 8In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene -walk!"
7 And seizing him by the right hand, he raised him up; and immediately his feet and his ankles were strengthened.
8 9With a leap he stood upright and began to walk; and he entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God.
9 And 10all the people saw him walking and praising God;
10 and they were taking note of him as being the one who used to 11sit at the Beautiful Gate of the temple to beg alms, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.

Peter's Second Sermon

11 While he was clinging to 12Peter and John, all the people ran together to them at the so-called 13portico of Solomon, full of amazement.
12 But when Peter saw this, he replied to the people, "Men of Israel, why are you amazed at this, or why do you gaze at us, as if by our own power or piety we had made him walk?
13 "14The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, 15the God of our fathers, has glorified His 16servant Jesus, the one whom 17you delivered and disowned in the presence of 18Pilate, when he had 19decided to release Him.
14 "But you disowned 20the Holy and Righteous One and 21asked for a murderer to be granted to you,
15 but put to death the 22Prince of life, the one whom 23God raised from the dead, a fact to which we are 24witnesses.
16 "And on the basis of faith 25in His name, it is the name of Jesus which has strengthened this man whom you see and know; and the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect health in the presence of you all.
17 "And now, brethren, I know that you acted 26in ignorance, just as your 27rulers did also.
18 "But the things which 28God announced beforehand by the mouth of all the prophets, 29that His Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled.
19 "Therefore 30repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that 31times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord;
20 and that He may send Jesus, the Christ appointed for you,
21 32whom heaven must receive until the period of 33restoration of all things about which 34God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time.
23 '36And it will be that every 37soul that does not heed that prophet 38shall be utterly destroyed from among the people.'
24 "And likewise, 39all the prophets who have spoken, from Samuel and his successors onward, also announced these days.
25 "It is you who are 40the sons of the prophets and of the 41covenant which God made with your fathers, saying to Abraham, '42AND IN YOUR SEED ALL THE FAMILIES OF THE EARTH SHALL BE BLESSED.'
26 "For you 43first, God 44raised up His Servant and sent Him to bless you by turning every one of you from your wicked ways."

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Acts 3 Commentary

Chapter 3

A lame man healed by Peter and John. (1-11) Peter's address to the Jews. (12-26)

Verses 1-11 The apostles and the first believers attended the temple worship at the hours of prayer. Peter and John seem to have been led by a Divine direction, to work a miracle on a man above forty years old, who had been a cripple from his birth. Peter, in the name of Jesus of Nazareth, bade him rise up and walk. Thus, if we would attempt to good purpose the healing of men's souls, we must go forth in the name and power of Jesus Christ, calling on helpless sinners to arise and walk in the way of holiness, by faith in Him. How sweet the thought to our souls, that in respect to all the crippled faculties of our fallen nature, the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth can make us whole! With what holy joy and rapture shall we tread the holy courts, when God the Spirit causes us to enter therein by his strength!

Verses 12-18 Observe the difference in the manner of working the miracles. Our Lord always spoke as having Almighty power, never hesitated to receive the greatest honour that was given to him on account of his Divine miracles. But the apostles referred all to their Lord, and refused to receive any honour, except as his undeserving instruments. This shows that Jesus was one with the Father, and co-equal with Him; while the apostles knew that they were weak, sinful men, and dependent for every thing on Jesus, whose power effected the cure. Useful men must be very humble. Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but to thy name, give glory. Every crown must be cast at the feet of Christ. The apostle showed the Jews the greatness of their crime, but would not anger or drive them to despair. Assuredly, those who reject, refuse, or deny Christ, do it through ignorance; but this can in no case be an excuse.

Verses 19-21 The absolute necessity of repentance is to be solemnly charged upon the consciences of all who desire that their sins may be blotted out, and that they may share in the refreshment which nothing but a sense of Christ's pardoning love can afford. Blessed are those who have felt this. It was not needful for the Holy Spirit to make known the times and seasons of these dispensations. These subjects are still left obscure. But when sinners are convinced of their sins, they will cry to the Lord for pardon; and to the penitent, converted, and believing, times of refreshment will come from the presence of the Lord. In a state of trial and probation, the glorified Redeemer will be out of sight, because we must live by faith in him.

Verses 22-26 Here is a powerful address to warn the Jews of the dreadful consequences of their unbelief, in the very words of Moses, their favourite prophet, out of pretended zeal for whom they were ready to reject Christianity, and to try to destroy it. Christ came into the world to bring a blessing with him. And he sent his Spirit to be the great blessing. Christ came to bless us, by turning us from our iniquities, and saving us from our sins. We, by nature cleave to sin; the design of Divine grace is to turn us from it, that we may not only forsake, but hate it. Let none think that they can be happy by continuing in sin, when God declares that the blessing is in being turned from all iniquity. Let none think that they understand or believe the gospel, who only seek deliverance from the punishment of sin, but do not expect happiness in being delivered from sin itself. And let none expect to be turned from their sin, except by believing in, and receiving Christ the Son of God, as their wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption.

Cross References 44

  • 1. Luke 22:8; Acts 3:3, 4, 11
  • 2. Psalms 55:17; Matthew 27:45; Acts 10:30
  • 3. Acts 14:8
  • 4. Luke 16:20
  • 5. John 9:8; Acts 3:10
  • 6. Luke 22:8; Acts 3:1, 4, 11
  • 7. Acts 10:4
  • 8. Acts 2:22; Acts 3:16; Acts 4:10
  • 9. Acts 14:10
  • 10. Acts 4:16, 21
  • 11. John 9:8; Acts 3:2
  • 12. Luke 22:8; Acts 3:3, 4
  • 13. John 10:23; Acts 5:12
  • 14. Matthew 22:32
  • 15. Exodus 3:13, 15; Acts 5:30; Acts 7:32; Acts 22:14
  • 16. Acts 3:26; Acts 4:27, 30
  • 17. Matthew 20:19; John 19:11; Acts 2:23
  • 18. Matthew 27:2
  • 19. Luke 23:4
  • 20. Mark 1:24; Acts 4:27; Acts 7:52; 2 Corinthians 5:21
  • 21. Matthew 27:20; Mark 15:11; Luke 23:18, 25
  • 22. Acts 5:31; Hebrews 2:10; Hebrews 12:2
  • 23. Acts 2:24
  • 24. Luke 24:48
  • 25. Acts 3:6
  • 26. Luke 23:34; John 15:21; Acts 13:27; Acts 26:9; Ephesians 4:18
  • 27. Luke 23:13
  • 28. Acts 2:23
  • 29. Luke 24:27; Acts 17:3; Acts 26:23
  • 30. Acts 2:38; Acts 26:20
  • 31. 2 Thessalonians 1:7; Hebrews 4:1f
  • 32. Acts 1:11
  • 33. Matthew 17:11; Romans 8:21
  • 34. Luke 1:70
  • 35. Deuteronomy 18:15, 18; Acts 7:37
  • 36. Deuteronomy 18:19
  • 37. Acts 2:41
  • 38. Leviticus 23:29
  • 39. Luke 24:27; Acts 17:3; Acts 26:23
  • 40. Acts 2:39
  • 41. Romans 9:4
  • 42. Genesis 22:18
  • 43. Matthew 15:24; John 4:22; Acts 13:46; Romans 1:16; Romans 2:9
  • 44. Acts 2:24

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