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December 3, 2017
SCRIPTURE: Acts 3:11-21
KEY VERSE: 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. (Acts 3:16)
INTRODUCTION: Today’s Bible study concerns the miracle at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful (see Acts 3:1-10) and the ones converted because of this miracle (see Acts 3:11-21).
· The Hour Of Prayer.
(Acts 3:1) Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.
This apparently was the time of the evening sacrifice when a priest went in to offer incense with his prayers. This was the time of prayer. There would be a great company in the temple area praying at this time.
· A Certain Lame Man.
(Acts 3:2) 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.
This man had been born lame. He was brought every day and was put there at the gate of the temple. What a contrast he was to the gate which is called Beautiful. Here was a beautiful gate, and here was a man who was marred. This is the contrast we have here -- a beautiful gate of the temple and a man lame from his mother’s womb.
· Begging For An Alms.
(Acts 3:3-5) Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms. And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.
The beggar was there to beg for alms. This was the way the man lived. When these two men gave him this much attention, the beggar looked at them with the certainty that they would give him something.
· The Apostle Peter’s Command.
(Acts 3:6-7) 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 walk. And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.
Peter told the beggar to “rise up and walk.” Remember that Luke (who wrote the Book of Acts) was a doctor. You will notice that when Dr. Luke records this as a miracle, he gives a great many details which we don’t find in some other books. Luke tells specifically what happened. The weakness had been in the feet and ankle bones of this man. He said that “immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.”
· The People’s Surprised Amazement.
(Acts 3:8-10) And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God. 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.
The Jewish people in and around the temple saw him. They recognized this beggar. They caught the significance of this miracle. I’m afraid there are a great many today who haven’t caught the significance of this record which Luke has given us. This was something special.
I. A MIRACLE PERFORMED IN JESUS’ NAME. (Acts 3:11-16)
A. Something Miraculous.
(Acts 3:11) 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.
Perhaps they thought, “Is this to be the beginning of the kingdom?” Great things had happened in Jerusalem during the past few weeks. (1) They had witnessed the crucifixion of Jesus, (2) His resurrection, (3) His ascension, and (4) the Day of Pentecost. They must have thought, “what is really taking place?”
B. Humanly Impossible.
(Acts 3:12) 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?
Peter is very careful to tell them that this miracle was NOT done in his own power. He is going to direct this Jewish audience back to the Old Testament. He is going to tell them that if they will turn to the Lord, these prophecies can be fulfilled.
INSIGHT: Listen to some of the prophecies which these Jewish people knew.
(1) “And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn” (Zechariah 12:10).
This would be fulfilled IF they would turn to Him. It was not fulfilled because the nation did not accept the Lord Jesus at that time. They did not repent and turn to Him. Peter will invite them to turn to the Lord Jesus. They will refuse. The time is still to come when this prophecy will be fulfilled.
(2) Also Ezekiel spoke of the kingdom: “And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them. And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God” (Ezekiel 36:27–28).
(3) Notice the twelfth chapter of Isaiah, a remarkable chapter -- only six verses -- that speaks of the worship during the time of the kingdom: “And in that day thou shalt say, O Lord, I will praise thee: though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me. Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation” (Isaiah. 12:1–2).
(4) Also, as we have mentioned, Isaiah 35:6 told of the lame man leaping as an hart. “And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away” (Isaiah 35:10).
The people of Israel should have seen that this lame man was a miniature, a picture of the whole nation of Israel. If they would turn to the Lord, all these promises would be fulfilled.
C. Christ Centered.
(Acts 3:13-15) 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 go. But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you; And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.
Here he goes again. Simon Peter will NEVER preach a sermon WITHOUT the mention of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Paul won’t either. Unfortunately, there are many sermons preached today without a mention of Jesus Christ or His resurrection.
D. God’s Glory.
(Acts 3:16) 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.
Jesus Christ did It! In essence Peter is saying, “Don’t you see that man leaping there? That is what you will do in the kingdom. The question was whether or not they want Jesus the Messiah to come back. They needed to receive Him as their Savior! (How about YOU?)
II. AN EXHORTATION TO REPENT. (Acts 3:17-21)
A. It Was Time To Do Something.
(Acts 3:17-18) And now, brethren, I wot that through ignorance ye did it, as did also your rulers. But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled.
Their past deeds call for a course of action. That action is repentance and conversion. This was not a new message to them. “I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins” (Isaiah 43:25). Read Peter’s message:
B. Peter Told Them To Repent.
(Acts 3:19-20) 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; And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you.
If the people of Israel had accepted Jesus right then, would Jesus Christ have returned to the earth? The answer (of course) is YES. The apostle Peter says He would have. Then what would have been God’s program after that?
INSIGHT: I’ll tell you something today that will be a secret just between you and me: I do NOT know what would have happened. Does that come as a surprise to you? Well, I have news for you. No one else knows either -- no one except God the Father. We can ask innumerable “if” questions to which there are no answers. All I know is that the nation of Israel did NOT accept Jesus Christ. That is the only answer I know to the “if” question. Any other answer would be only the wildest speculation.
C. God’s Promises Will Be Fulfilled.
(Acts 3:20-21) 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.
Some people use this verse to teach their erroneous belief that eventually everything and every person will be saved. “The restitution of all things” is the phrase they use. Exactly what are the “all things” which are to be the subject of restitution? In Philippians 3:8 when Paul said, “… I count all things but loss …” did he mean all things in God’s universe? Obviously not.
So here, the “all things” are limited by what follows. “The times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.” The prophets had spoken of the restoration of Israel. Nowhere is there a prophecy of the conversion and restoration of the wicked dead. It is still true, “You MUST be born again” through faith in Jesus!
By David C. Egner
They were fishermen. Then Jesus said to them, "Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men." – Mark 1:16-17
Not only was the Son of God born in an unlikely location and of unlikely parents, He chose His first followers at an unlikely place. He didn’t search the religious schools for the most learned scholars. He didn’t look among the ranks of brilliant military leaders. He stayed away from skilled statesmen and famous orators. Rather, Jesus went to the shores of Galilee and called out four common fishermen -- Peter and Andrew, James and John.
“Bad choice,” some might say. “Uneducated. Tough characters. What would they know about starting a worldwide movement? They couldn’t work a crowd if they had to.”
Now, on behalf of fishermen everywhere, let me say that they have many positive traits. They must be resourceful, courageous, and patient. They must plan carefully and take care of their equipment. Such qualities are no doubt helpful in carrying out the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20), but I don’t think that’s why Jesus chose those men. I believe He wanted to demonstrate how God can transform ordinary people into “fishers of men” (Mark 1:16-17).
God’s work is often done by unlikely people from unlikely places -- people like you and me. To be successful, we must follow the One who can make us fishers of men.
-- Adapted from David C. Egner, Our Daily Bread, January 8, 2003
CONCLUSION: Notice the results from Christ-centered preaching at the temple (see Acts 4:1-4).
· Importance: Peter and John were not so caught up with large crowds that they had no time for INDIVIDUALS (the beggar). Nor were they so busy in ministry that they could not PRAY (they were going to the temple for prayer). They had learned their lessons well from the Lord Jesus (see Mark 1:35; Luke 8:40ff.).
· Power: Faith in the name of Jesus Christ releases power so that lives are changed. To pray or minister in Christ’s name means to ask or act on His authority so that Jesus Christ alone gets the glory (see Matthew 28:18–20).
· Method: The witness of a changed life (the crippled beggar) brought a crowd of people together. Therefore, Peter took this opportunity to preach a Christ-centered Bible message, and two thousand people were converted. This now brought the total who believed the Bible message about Jesus Christ to about five thousand men (see Acts 4:4).
THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: “God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary work.”
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REFERENCES: References used in these Bible studies are the King James Bible (KJV), The Moody Bible Commentary, Dr. J. Vernon McGee © Thru the Bible Radio Network ( www.ttb.org ), the Scofield Study Bible, the Believer’s Bible Commentary, Dr. Charles J. Woodbridge Bible Outlines, Dr. Lee Roberson’s Sermons, Dr. Charles Stanley: ( http://www.intouch.org/ ), Don Robinson’s Bible Outlines, Women’s Study Bible, The Bible Reader’s Companion Ed. 3, The Nelson Study Bible: New King James Version, KJV Bible Commentary, Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines of the New Testament ed. 4, Dr. David Jeremiah: ( http://www.davidjeremiah.org/site/ ), Dr. Cliff Robinson’s Bible Outlines, Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines of the Old Testament, Dr. Alan Carr’s The Sermon Notebook ( www.sermonnotebook.org ), With the Word Bible Commentary, Wiersbe’s “Be” Series: Old & New Testaments, RBC Ministries ( http://rbc.org/ ), selected illustrations, and other references.
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