A lame beggar asks Peter and John for money. They have none. But Peter heals the beggar. A crowd gathers, and Peter boldly preaches Jesus Christ to them.
VERSE 1. Peter and John were going up into the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour.
VERSE 2. A certain man who was lame from his mother’s womb was being carried, whom they laid daily at the door of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask gifts for the needy of those who entered into the temple.
lame from his mother’s womb. This man had been suffering all his life.
VERSE 3. Seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked to receive gifts for the needy.
VERSE 4. Peter, fastening his eyes on him, with John, said, “Look at us.”
VERSE 5. He listened to them, expecting to receive something from them.
VERSE 6. But Peter said, “I have no silver or gold, but what I have, that I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, get up and walk!”
I have no silver or gold. Peter had no money.
But many of today’s preachers are rich. They preach that people should be spiritual by giving more money to them.
VERSE 7. He took him by the right hand and raised him up. Immediately his feet and his ankle bones received strength.
Immediately … received strength. Even lifelong suffering can be overcome!
VERSE 8. Leaping up, he stood and began to walk. He entered with them into the temple, walking, leaping, and praising God.
began to walk. The transformation was instantaneous.
VERSE 9. All the people saw him walking and praising God.
VERSE 10. They recognized him, that it was he who used to sit begging for gifts for the needy at the Beautiful Gate of the temple. They were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.
VERSE 11. As the lame man who was healed held on to Peter and John, all the people ran together to them in the porch that is called Solomon’s, greatly wondering.
VERSE 12. When Peter saw it, he responded to the people, “You men of Israel, why do you marvel at this man? Why do you fasten your eyes on us, as though by our own power or godliness we had made him walk?
Why do you fasten your eyes on us. Peter makes it clear that the miracle-power was not from himself.
VERSE 13. The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his Servant Jesus, whom you delivered up, and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he had determined to release him.
glorified his Servant Jesus. Peter turns this incident into an opportunity to speak about the Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 3:15. But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts. Always be ready to give an answer to everyone who asks you a reason concerning the hope that is in you, with humility and fear,
Acts 3:14. But you denied the Holy and Righteous One and asked for a murderer to be granted to you,
Acts 7:52. Which of the prophets didn’t your fathers persecute? They killed those who foretold the coming of the Righteous One, of whom you have now become betrayers and murderers.
James 5:6. You have condemned and you have murdered the righteous one. He doesn’t resist you.
1 Peter 3:18. Because Christ also suffered for sins once, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring you to God, being put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the Spirit,
1 John 2:1. My little children, I write these things to you so that you may not sin. If anyone sins, we have a Counselor with the Father, Jesus Christ, the righteous.
VERSE 15. and killed the Prince of life, whom God raised from the dead, to which we are witnesses.
VERSE 16. By faith in his name, his name has made this man strong, whom you see and know. Yes, the faith which is through him has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.
By faith in his name. The miracle-power came from faith in Jesus Christ.
VERSE 17. “Now, brothers, I know that you did this in ignorance, as did also your rulers.
VERSE 18. But the things which God announced by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he thus fulfilled.
VERSE 19. “Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, so that there may come times of refreshing from the presence of the Lord,
VERSE 20. and that he may send Christ Jesus, who was ordained for you before,
VERSE 21. whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God spoke long ago by the mouth of his holy prophets.
VERSE 22. For Moses indeed said to the fathers, ‘The Lord God will raise up a prophet for you from among your brothers, like me. You shall listen to him in all things whatever he says to you.
VERSE 23. It will be that every soul that will not listen to that prophet will be utterly destroyed from among the people.’
VERSE 24. Yes, and all the prophets from Samuel and those who followed after, as many as have spoken, they also told of these days.
VERSE 25. You are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying to Abraham, ‘All the families of the earth will be blessed through your offspring.’
VERSE 26. God, having raised up his servant Jesus, sent him to you first to bless you, in turning away every one of you from your wickedness.”
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