Acts 3. Forum Discussion

These are exciting times for the apostles. In Chapter 1, Jesus told His apostles, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” In Chapter 2, they received the Holy Spirit. And now in Chapter 3, they are strengthened by the Holy Spirit and are doing exactly as Jesus said by being witnesses and going out to share the gospel, or “good news”. The gospel is the good news that Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and raised from the dead.

Here in Chapter 3, Peter heals a man that had been lame from his mother’s womb. The lame man would beg alms of those entering the temple, as he did when Peter and John came. Peter says beginning in verse 6, “I do not possess silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene—walk!”

With a leap the man stood upright and began to walk; and he entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God;  and they were taking note of him as being the one who used to sit at the Beautiful Gate of the temple to beg alms, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.

The powers that they had been given by the Holy Spirit were being used to glorify God and when this occurs, great things can happen. Now that they had everyone’s attention, Peter delivers his second sermon:

“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?  The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified His servant Jesus, the one whom you delivered and disowned in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release Him. But you disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, but put to death the Prince of life, the one whom God raised from the dead, a fact to which we are witnesses.  And on the basis of faith in 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.

 And now, brethren, I know that you acted in ignorance, just as your rulers did also. But the things which God announced beforehand by the mouth of all the prophets, that His Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled.  Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord;  and that He may send Jesus, the Christ appointed for you,  whom heaven must receive until the period of restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time. Moses said, ‘The Lord God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brethren; to Him you shall give heed to everything He says to you. And it will be that every soul that does not heed that prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people.’ And likewise, all the prophets who have spoken, from Samuel and his successors onward, also announced these days.  It is you who are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant which God made with your fathers, saying to Abraham, ‘And in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’ For you first, God raised up His Servant and sent Him to bless you by turning every one of you from your wicked ways.” – Acts 3:12-26

What a blessing it is to put our spiritual gifts to work for the Lord!

All glory to our Heavenly Father and His son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

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Reminds me of the Little Drummer Boy. :) But seriously, I don't think God wants us to get hung up on what we DON'T have. He wants us to get to work using the things that we DO have and glorify Him. When we do that, God promises He will take care of us.

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