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ts of the Apostles Chapter Three

Oct 15, 2018

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Verse 1: We are not told how much time has passed since the day of Pentecost. But we can assume that it has been several weeks as the religious leaders are fed up with the believers. On this particular day Peter and John are going to the temple at 9 A.M. for prayer time.

Verse 2: In this particular area they come across "a certain man who has been lame since birth". Family or friends carried this man everyday to the gate called beautiful located near the woman area of the temple. As they were on their way they meet Peter and John.

Verse 3: Having seen Peter and John "he began asking to receive alms". It is amazing that out of all the people in the temple He could have ask of alms. He draws his attention to them. This verse seems to imply that he recognized Peter and John. This man had been coming to the Temple for years and perhaps he saw them with Jesus. But why would He not have sought out Jesus for healing? Somehow he knew who Peter and John were and knew that they were charitable people.

Verse 4: Peter and John stop and give this man their attention. The man most have had his head or eyes bowed to the ground in humbleness. Peter tells him to look up so he can address him face to face.

Verse 5: He gives them his attention in the hope of receiving money to make it through the day.

Verse 6-7: Imagine the mans disappointment when Peter tells him "Silver nor Gold have I"; but what I do have is in the name of Jesus Christ. It is by the authority of Jesus that this man is being healed. Even though this is the first recorded healing, we are told in Acts 2:43 that many signs and wonders were done by the apostles.   

Verse 8: Having been carried for so long this man is now enthusiastic about being able to walk. He continues to leap for joy even while walking into the worship area. All that can come out of his mouth is praising to God.

Verse 9: Naturally, all the people who can see him begin to take notice. Remember this is a 35 acre area and not all the people are going to see this event. So when it says "all" it's a general term to describe the people near his area. I'm sure word began to spread of what was happening.

Verse 10: From their own knowledge they had witness this man sitting at the gate to beg for alms. There was no way they could deny this was the man. It was such a shock to see him in the worship area walking and leaping. What had happen astonished them that they began to question each other as to the event. One has to wonder if these men had forgot about Jesus already? How many times had they seen the apostles doing signs and wonders?

Verse 11: Now following the prayer and worship time they seem to be leaving with maybe their arms around each others shoulders. This new found camaraderie is expressed in the great blessing this man received and they go away rejoicing. Having seen everything that had taken place the crowd is curious to find out what really took place. They stopped the apostle and this man in the portico of Solomon as they were leaving. This area was located on the eastern side of the temple.

Verse 12: The assembling crowd demanded a response not by asking a question, but by talking to each other and the looks upon their face of amazement. It becomes an opportunity for Peter to present Christ Jesus. "As if by our own power" seems to be how these men of Israel believed this man was healed.

Verse 13: Peter makes it very clear that this is not a new religion. The God of their forefathers had made these promises and prophecies concerning the Messiah. God choose Jesus whom they had handed over to Pilate. Even when Pilate wanted to release Jesus they called out for his crucifixion.

Verse 14: They disowned him to the point of trading Barabbas who had terrorized Israel for years.

Verse18: In the trade off they had Jesus put to death. But God raised him from the dead and these men of Israel had missed the whole significance of the events. But Peter and John were witnesses to what had transpired.

Verse 16: It was by their faith through the name of Jesus that this man regained strength in his legs and is now walking and leaping. It's now up to these men of Israel to make a choice about rejecting God or turning their life over to Jesus and be in favor with God.

Verse 17: They had acted before out of ignorance to the facts of Jesus, miracles, crucifixion, Day of Pentecost, and would they now choose to ignore this event?

Verse 18: God had inspired the prophets to speak about the Messiah. Through their ignorance and misinterpretation the Prophets were rejected and killed by their forefathers. Now the people of Israel had become ignorant of those prophecies and they reject Jesus.

Verse 19: The conclusion of Peters point is they had made the mistakes in the past and they now needed to repent of what they had done to Jesus and return to God. Since scripture does not contradict itself, how does this correspond with Acts 2:38. In the Greek the word return is an active imperative (verb) and indicates that every individual has the responsibility to respond. If we go back to John the baptizer we find a good example of those who repented and were baptized to prepare the way for the Lord to come. If we look at Acts 2:38 and the command was for the believers to repent and be baptized. Although Peter doesn't come out and say it and Luke was not inspired to write the word baptize herein verse 19. We can have full understanding when we study the writings. When Peter said return to God these men would have fully understood that it required action. It always had through out the course of Israels history and even before Israel. Notice that Luke is inspired to write what corresponds with Acts 2:38 as the remission of sins or wipe away your sins equals in both cases the receiving of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit refreshes mans soul and such renewal comes from God.

Verse 20: Just as Johns followers prepared  the way for the first coming of Christ by repenting and being baptized. The new plan of salvation is going to prepare people for the second coming of Christ in like manner. It is through the death, burial, resurrection that we find this salvation. 

Verse 21: The indication is Jesus will be in Heaven according to prophecy until all has been fulfilled. Even though our translations give a singular meaning to Heaven. The Greek word for Heaven is actually plural indicating all three heavens of atmosphere, space, and Heaven where God dwells. The God head has always been the teaching going back to Adam and Eve.

Verse 22: Peter even quotes Moses to prove his point. "The Lord God shall rise up for you a prophet like me. From your brethren to him you shall give heed in everything He says to you." Peter does not quote this exactly word for word but we understand his meaning. How was Moses like Jesus? There are several likenesses between them that we could write a book. But here it seems to be guiding us in the matters of salvation. Moses told the Israel at the Red Sea (Exodus 14:13) "Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today." Then the sea parted and they Crossed over on dry land. In 1st Corinthians 10:2 "and all were baptized unto Moses in the cloud (the Holy Spirit) and in the sea." We are baptized into Jesus and we receive the Holy Spirit according to Acts 2:38. 

Verse 23: "And it shall be that every soul that does not heed that prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people." Peter, finishes up Moses' saying by letting us know that destruction awaits the unbeliever. "Utterly destroyed" in the Hebrew language meant "being responsible for his actions".

Verse 24: We should also heed what the prophets had spoken from days of old to Peters present sermon and determine the facts and what is righteous.

Verse 25: The prophets were their forefathers and they hasd become disciples by following the teaching of these Old Testament men.   

Verse4 26: God had raised up the Israelites into a covenant so that the Messiah would come through them, and through them all nations would be blessed. But such blessings would only come if they repented and are baptized turning from their wicked ways.