Acts Chapter 3
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 go.
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A lame man healed by Peter and John. (1-11) Peter's address to the Jews. (12-26)1-11 The apostles and the first believers attended the temple worship at the hours of prayer. Peter and John seem to have been led by a Divine direction, to work a miracle on a man above forty years old, who had been a cripple from his birth. Peter, in the name of Jesus of Nazareth, bade him rise up and walk. Thus, if we would attempt to good purpose the healing of men's souls, we must go forth in the name and power of Jesus Christ, calling on helpless sinners to arise and walk in the way of holiness, by faith in Him. How sweet the thought to our souls, that in respect to all the crippled faculties of our fallen nature, the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth can make us whole! With what holy joy and rapture shall we tread the holy courts, when God the Spirit causes us to enter therein by his strength!
12-18 Observe the difference in the manner of working the miracles. Our Lord always spoke as having Almighty power, never hesitated to receive the greatest honour that was given to him on account of his Divine miracles. But the apostles referred all to their Lord, and refused to receive any honour, except as his undeserving instruments. This shows that Jesus was one with the Father, and co-equal with Him; while the apostles knew that they were weak, sinful men, and dependent for every thing on Jesus, whose power effected the cure. Useful men must be very humble. Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but to thy name, give glory. Every crown must be cast at the feet of Christ. The apostle showed the Jews the greatness of their crime, but would not anger or drive them to despair. Assuredly, those who reject, refuse, or deny Christ, do it through ignorance; but this can in no case be an excuse.
19-21 The absolute necessity of repentance is to be solemnly charged upon the consciences of all who desire that their sins may be blotted out, and that they may share in the refreshment which nothing but a sense of Christ's pardoning love can afford. Blessed are those who have felt this. It was not needful for the Holy Spirit to make known the times and seasons of these dispensations. These subjects are still left obscure. But when sinners are convinced of their sins, they will cry to the Lord for pardon; and to the penitent, converted, and believing, times of refreshment will come from the presence of the Lord. In a state of trial and probation, the glorified Redeemer will be out of sight, because we must live by faith in him.
22-26 Here is a powerful address to warn the Jews of the dreadful consequences of their unbelief, in the very words of Moses, their favourite prophet, out of pretended zeal for whom they were ready to reject Christianity, and to try to destroy it. Christ came into the world to bring a blessing with him. And he sent his Spirit to be the great blessing. Christ came to bless us, by turning us from our iniquities, and saving us from our sins. We, by nature cleave to sin; the design of Divine grace is to turn us from it, that we may not only forsake, but hate it. Let none think that they can be happy by continuing in sin, when God declares that the blessing is in being turned from all iniquity. Let none think that they understand or believe the gospel, who only seek deliverance from the punishment of sin, but do not expect happiness in being delivered from sin itself. And let none expect to be turned from their sin, except by believing in, and receiving Christ the Son of God, as their wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption.
Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.
Jacob's Acts Chapter 3 comment on 1/05/2015, 4:02pm...
The gospel of the Kingdom was being preached by Peter and Stephen in Acts chapters 2 thru 7. Peter knew nothing about the Gospel of the grace of God until he saw it operating in Acts 10 and heard it confirmed by Paul in Gal 1:18, 2:7-9. Look at verse 19. This is a reference to the Second Advent. Peter was refering to the blotting out of the sins of the entire nation if Israel Isa 44:21-23. This gospel of the kingdom will not be preached again until the rapture of the Chruch. Then the kingdom will be at hand again. Now people are saved by grace through faith and not of works. Baptism, tongues, holding out faithful so to speak, are all works. See Romand 4:5.
Evangelist Chatauna Robinson's Acts Chapter 3 comment on 12/15/2014, 3:27pm...
Hello Abbass The Book of Acts was written by Luke the physician. It was not written by Peter. Luke is given accounts of what happened the day s leading up to the day of Pentecost, the Day of Pentecost, and the days after the Pentecostal experience. There was one disciple there standing by the cross with Mary his mother. That disciple was Mary son, Jesus half brother, John 19 26 and 27. Please read under Luke Chapter 3 my response to someone about the brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ.
Abbass's Acts Chapter 3 comment on 12/15/2014, 10:31am...
but neither nor any of the 12 disciples was at hand to witness the trial or the crucifixion. so how is peter reporting in act 3 the opposite of what truly happened? it seems to me that peter is also saying here that the prophet like Moses prophesied of old will arrive at some point now that Jesus is no more on earth. this will have to happen before Jesus returns. do i get it so far since Jesus has not returned and he is being awaited still? thanks.
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