The Prophet Sent From God
- Acts Three -
There are many sad situations in our word. As Peter and John entered the Beautiful Gate of the Temple a man that had been lame from his mother's womb confronted them. The lame man was healed by the power of God. This miracle opened the door for Peter"s second sermon. The man was healed with simply the speaking of a word. "Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk." (Acts 3:6)
The people were astonished at what had happened. "And all the people saw him walking and praising God: And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him." (Acts 3:9-10) The apostles were quick to let the people know that the lame man was not healed by their own power. He was healed through the power of Jesus of Nazareth, whom the people had crucified.
The purpose of Peter"s sermon was to bring these people to Christ. They were taught to repent of their sin and be converted. The motivation for such obedience was the fact that Jesus was that prophet spoken of by Moses. The Old Testament worthies pointed to Jesus and to the salvation that can only be obtained through Him. Christ came as fulfillment of the covenant God had made with Abraham. The purpose of His coming was to turn sinners from their iniquities.
A lame man needed help - Acts 3:1-5 : Peter and John were together often. Here they go together into the Temple. Their purpose was not to make sacrifice. The Jewish sacrifices were abolished by the sacrifice of Christ. They went into the temple: (1) to pray, and (2) that they might have the opportunity to preach the gospel there. The Temple was a gathering place for many people. They entered the Temple at about the ninth hour or about three o"clock in the afternoon.
As the apostles entered the Temple they come face to face with a lame man. This poor fellow had been lame from his mother"s womb. He was carried by others and laid at the gate of the Temple that is called Beautiful. His affliction had caused him to be dependent on others. He was there to ask alms or beg from the ones that entered the Temple. He asked alms of Peter and John. Peter and John looked carefully at the man and ask him to look at them. He looked at them expecting to receive something from them. What he expected was a little money, not a cure for his lameness.
A notable miracle was performed - Acts 3:6-10 : How disappointed the poor man must have been when the apostles told him that they had no money. His disappointment quickly turned to joy when they said, "such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk." (Acts 3:6) Just as Peter had seen Jesus do, he took the man by the right hand and lifted him up. Where there had been weakness, immediately there was strength.
The reaction of the man was beautiful. He leaped up, stood and walked. His cure was perfect and complete. The man joined the apostles as they went into the Temple to pray and acknowledge the goodness of God. The words of Isaiah 35:6 "Then shall the lame man leap as an hart..." were fulfilled in this man. The healed man also praised God. He did not praise the apostles. He realized that his healing came from God. The people saw the man that had been lame for those many years walking into the Temple to praise God. It was clear to them that this was the beggar that they had seen so often at the Beautiful Gate of the Temple. The people were filled with amazement at what had transpired.
An opportunity to preach the gospel - Acts 3:11-18 : The man that was healed to Peter and John. He knew that they were instruments through whom God had worked. The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob had made this man whole. Peter was alert to the opportunity that the miracle brought to preach the gospel. The apostles were careful to show that the miracle was performed by the power of God, not by their power. The man was made whole through the name of Jesus and faith in His name.
The apostles charged these people with delivering up Jesus and killing the Prince of Life. Peter explained that God had glorified Jesus by raising Him from the dead, setting him at His own right hand, and by this notable miracle that had been done on the lame man. He gave the people hope by showing that God had raised Jesus from the dead. Peter said that it was through ignorance that these people had denied the Son of God. It was no surprise that Christ suffered. The prophets had predicted that He would.
Recognizing their duty to God - Acts 3:19-26 : The people were told to repent and be converted, so that their sins might be blotted out. Refreshment, joy, and peace come with the blotting out of sins. God sent Jesus to give them hope. He is that prophet like Moses. The one that does not hear Jesus will be destroyed from among the people. The work of Jesus Christ is redemption by His blood.
The primary and immediate thing in view here is the accomplishment of all those things that had been prophesied by the Old Testament prophets. They are now being completed in and by Jesus Christ. The message was, "For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people." (Acts 3:22-23)
All of His doctrines are to be believed, and all His commands are to be obeyed. The person that will not believe what He says, nor do what He commands will be destroyed. God will hold us responsible for what we do with His message. Let us learn that Jesus, the seed of Abraham, will gladly bless people through the forgiveness of sins.
Have you been converted? Faith in the Christ is the beginning point of an acceptable relationship with God. (Romans 10:17) None can have salvation without hearing and believing the salvation message. (Mark 16:15-16) Repentance is necessary for salvation. (Luke 13:3) Repentance is a change of mind that leads to a change of action or a change in life. A simple confession of faith in Jesus made by one"s mouth is a necessary step in conversion. (Romans 10:9-10) Those that put on Christ must be baptized into Him. "For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ." (Galatians 3:27) At baptism one stops being out of Christ. If you are saved praise God for what He has done for you.
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Box, Charles. "Commentary on Acts 3". "Charles Box's Commentaries on Selected books of the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/
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