ACTS CHAPTER THREE
Verses 2-5 "And a certain man lame from his mother's womb was carried,
whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful,
to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; Who seeing Peter and
John about to go into the temple asked an alms. 4 And Peter, fastening
his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. 5 And he gave heed unto
them, expecting to receive something of them."
A. "When seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple....
1. This was an obvious place for a beggar. People would naturally
be in a more charitable mood, going in to worship God.
B. "And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John..."
1. This is another example of a figure of speech. Peter and
John didn't literally fasten their eyes on the man. The looked intently
Verse 6 - "Then 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
2. It is obvious that the man expected an alm from them.
A. "Silver and gold have I none"
1. Did this mean that Peter and John were penniless? Probably
not. Acts 2:45 shows that the apostles were stewards over the funds given
by member of the church.
2. May possibly mean that they either had none with them, or
just another way of stating that they had something far better for him
than money that would only perpetuate him in his present condition.
B. "In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk."
1. Means "by the authority of Jesus of Nazareth."
a. We are to do all things in the name (by the authority) of
Jesus. See Colossians 3:17.
b. Peter was clearly showing the source of the power that was
to proceed from him.
2. This was just one of many miracles done by the apostles
during this period of the confirmation of the word and building of the
church. See 2:43.
Verse 7-8 "And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and
immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. 8 And he leaping
up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and
leaping, and praising God. "
3. Walk here literally means "walk around." Peter was insuring
beforehand that no one, not even the enemies of Jesus, could deny the validity
of the miracle. See ch. 4:16.
A. "And he took him by the right hand...and immediately his
feet and ankle bones received strength"
1. The man didn't have to wait for improvement. Neither did
he have to wait for a gradual cure from God. It was immediate.
2. Many faith healers require people to "wait upon God" for
an eventual healing, thus demonstrating that they are fakes
B. "And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them
into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God."
1. The healing was instantaneous. He was immediately able to
walk as if he were never ill.
2. Notice Luke's interest in the fine details of this healing.
Being a physician, he identifies the problem, weakness in the feet and
ankle bones. He understood that this was a divine healing and not attributable
to some physical cause.
a. There was no doubt. The man started not only walking, but
3. The natural emotions by the man was that of rejoicing and
Verses 9-10 "And all the people saw him walking and praising God:
10 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. 11 And as the lame man which was healed
held Peter and John, all the people ran together unto them in the porch
that is called Solomon's, greatly wondering.
. a. This seems to show that faith was present in the man.
He understood where the miracle came from. It didn't come from Peter and
John, but from God.
A. "And all the people saw him walking and praising God"
1. Since he would be such a fixture of the area of the temple
it was natural that people recognized him as lame. Him jumping and walking
and praising God for the miracle would be immediately noticed by the temple
B. "And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the
Beautiful gate of the temple...."
1. He was well known as lame, they couldn't understand what
had happen to him to give him his complete use of his limbs.
C. "all the people ran together unto them in the porch that
is called Solomon's greatly wondering."
1. Solomon's porch was on the east side of the temple; it was
a covered colommade and overlooked the Kedron valley.
2. Was called Solomon's porch because fragments of Solomon's
temple was used to build it.
Verse 12- "And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men
of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as
though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk?"
3. This was obviously creating a great stir. Up to this time
the people were still unaware of how the lame man was healed. They were
not privy to the details of the matter.
A. "And when Peter saw it...."
1. Brother Boles (G. A. Commentary on Acts) divided Peter's
sermon into three parts.
a. The miracle was the work of God to glorify Jesus.
b. The Jews denied Jesus from ignorance, but he fulfilled prophecy.
c. Therefore they should repent and be saved by the gospel.
B. "Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye
so earnestly on us......."
Verse 13 - "The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God
of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and
denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him
1. Peter and John wanted to crowd to understand that the this
was not a carnival show that they had devised to draw attention to themselves.
It was not by that action or righteousness that they were able to heal
A. "The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God
of our fathers"
1. This was the statement that God used when He spoke to Moses
out the burning bush. See Exodus 3:6. In other words the miracle that was
wrought was by the power of Jehovah.
2. Peter uses this statement to begin to lay the groundwork
for the fact that (1) This undeniable miracle came from God, which is obvious
and (2) That God and His work is expressed in Jesus Christ, who was raised
and (3) That it would be necessary to be obedient to this same Jesus in
order to have their guilt and sin washed away.
B. "hath glorified his Son Jesus."
1. Here was the next step. It was not only through Jehovah
God. His power was to be expressed in Jesus, His glorfied Son.
2. It is quite possible that glorify here refers to the miracle
that was just performed.
C. "whom ye delivered up...."
1. It was true that the Jewish mob swayed Pilate, who was desireous
of finding a pretext to let Jesus go.
Verses 14-15 "But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a
murderer to be granted unto you; 15 And killed the Prince of life, whom
God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses."
2. Pilate clearly desired to release Jesus. See Luke 23:16-20
A. "But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a
murderer to be granted unto you."
1. Here he gives the great contrast between Jesus and Barabbas.
a. Jesus was the Holy One. - Most assuredly has reference to
the Messiah. Psalm 16:10 used the term in reference to the resurrection
of the Messiah, while Isaiah 43:3 uses it in reference to Jehovah.
b. He also was the Just one - One who suffered and died for
others sins, not his own. Jesus had been charged with blasphemy by the
Sanhedrin and with sedition before Pilate. Both, of course, were untrue.
2. The contrast to Barabbas is obvious. Barabbas was not the
annointed of God. He was not even innocent, but guilty of capitol crimes.
Likely Pilate, desiring to find an excuse to release Jesus, offered one
whom he thought was so wicked that the crowd would desire the freedon of
B. "And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from
the dead; whereof we are witnesses."
1. They had chosen Barabbas and yelled for the death of Jesus.
2. Peter, just as in Acts 2, declares the central fact of the
gospel, that God raised up Jesus from the grave.
3. The apostles were all witnesses of the resurrection of Christ,
in that they had been with the Lord numerous times after the resurrection
and witnessed his ascension back in Heaven.
Verses 16-18 "And his name through faith in his name hath made this
man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given
him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all. 17 And now,
brethren, I wot that through ignorance ye did it, as did also
your rulers. 18 But those things, which God before had showed by
the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled."
a. Was a qualification of an apostle. See Acts 1:22.
A. "And by his name through faith in his name hath made this
1. It was by the authority of the risen Christ that the miracle
2. There was also faith in the risen Christ's power on the
part of the man.
a. It took a measure of faith on the part of the lame man,
to reach out his hand for Peter to take hold to help him up.
B. And now, brethren, I wot that through ignorance ye did it,
as did also your rulers."
1. There was a lever of guilt for the people that was lesser
that the rulers
2. The is no doubt that the leaders understood far better than
the people that Jesus was the messiah. Jesus said as much in a parable.
See Mark 12:7. Coffman in his commentary makes the point that the ignorance
here with the leaders might be ignorance that Jesus, even though they understood
that he was the messiah, was God come in the flesh and the one to judge
them on the last day.
3. The masses were swayed by the leaders and they ignorantly
chose to kill Jesus, rather than accept him.
4. Peter was saying that God was offering them an opportunity
to accept the one whom they had ignorantly put to death.
a. Wasn't saying their ignorance was an excuse. Just the opposite.
Even though they were ignorant, there still had to be a price paid for
their sins. It would be Jesus.
b. The New Testament teaches that ignorance of the gospel is
not an excuse.
(1) See Acts 17:30-31
C. "But those things, which God before had showed by the mouth
of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled."
1. This is another key theme of apostolic preaching, that Jesus
was not put to death for nothing, it was the pre-ordained plan of God.
Verse 19 "Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may
be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence
of the Lord;"
2. See Isaiah 53; 1 Peter 1:18-20
A. This is the same terms of pardon that Peter enumerated in
1. The terms are exact as in 2:38.
2. "Repent ye" - repent
3. "and be converted" (more accurate "turn again") - be baptized.
4. "that your sins my be blotted out" - for the remission of
5. "when the times of refreshing come from the presence of
the Lord" - receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
B. "Repent ye therefore, and be converted"
1. repentance - a change of heart that leads to a change of
2. "and be converted" should really be translated "turn again"
which shows the sinner active and not passive in conversion.
3. Notice further about "and be converted" ("turn again" ASV)
a. At what point do we leave the world and enter into a relationship
with Christ. In other words, at what point are we converted or turn again,
from the world.
b. See Acts 22:16; Romans 6:1-3
c. Since the Bible recognizes the point of baptism as the time
when a new life is begun, and where forgiveness of sins takes place, it
would be logical to assume that the point of conversion ("turning again")
would be baptism.
C. "that your sins may be blotted out"
1. "Comes from the practice of creditors charging their debtors,
and when the debt is paid, the record is cancelled or blotted out, removed
from the record. The word used here refers to the practice of writing such
records on tablets covered with wax, and then by inverting the stylus,
or instrument of writing, smoothing the wax again with the blunt end, thus
removing every trace of the writing." - New Testament History
D. "when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence
of the Lord;"
1. Refers to act on God's part of granting pardon when the
alien sinner repents and is converted.
Verses 20-21 "And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached
unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of
all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets
since the world began."
2, "times" seems to suggest a continual period of cleansing
from sins, which is exactly what 1 John 1:7 teaches.
A. "And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached
1. How was Jesus preached to them before?
2. In all likelihood he is referring to the prophets, for he
refers to them in verse 21 and again when he refers to the words of Moses.
B. "Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution
of all things..."
1. Jesus ascended to Heaven but the Scriptures teach that he
will come back again.
2. The "restitution of all things" likely refers to the time
when the relationship of man toward God which will return to it's pure,
sinless, pristeen state, as it was in the garden of Eden before the fall.
3. It is not necessary to understand this in the context of
some millinial kingdom, but simply that Jesus will remain in heaven until
the close of the Christian age.
C. "which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets
since the world began."
Verse22-23 "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."
1. The Christian age was spoken of by the prophets of old,
beginning by the Lord himself in Genesis 3:15, repeated to Abraham in Genesis
22:18, then throughtout the Old Testament up to the coming of Christ.
A. "For Moses truly said unto the fathers...."
1. Found in Deuteronomy 18:15-19
2. Authorship of Deuteronomy is clearly attributed to Moses.
B. "A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you..."
1. The Jews clearly understood this passage as being messianic.
2. See concerning John the baptist in John 1:21ff
3. A prophet is one who speaks by inspiration as he delivers
the message of God.
a. See John 12:48-49
4. Jesus was like unto Moses in that he would have certain
qualities similar to Moses. Both had an exalted parentage, Moses by adoption
and Jesus by his eternal nature. Both were rejected by their people yet
would rule over them. Both would usher in a new covenant. Both would be
C. “And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which
will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people."
1. Obedience to Jesus would not be optional, those who would
not obey would be cut off from God’s people. This suggests the truth that
those fleshly Jews who refused Jesus would lose their status as the people
of God. Obedience to the gospel is the only way any Jew, or Gentile, will
enter into a special relationship with the Father.
Acts 3:24 Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow
after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days.
2. See Romans 11:26-27
A. “Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow
1. Samuel is mentioned by name likely because he is thought
to be the first of the important of the prophets, the first great one after
2. For Samuel’s prophecy of Jesus see 2 Samuel 7:12-16.
3. Coffman says that there are some 333 different prophecies
concerning the coming of the messiah.
B. “as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these
Verse 25 "Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which
God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all
kindreds of the earth be blessed."
1. The “these days” would include the coming, ministry, death
and resurrection of Jesus. It would certainly include the coming of the
Christian age as told by the prophet Joel.
A. “Ye are the children of the prophets”
Verse 26- "Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent
him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.
1. They were the descendants of those same prophets who spoke
all the prophecies about Jesus.
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