Acts Chapter 3
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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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Matthew Henry's Acts Chapter 3 Bible commentary...
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.
Billy Robbins's Acts Chapter 3 comment on 2/20/2014, 12:06pm...
the cripple man did not have any money and Peter and John did not ask for any not like many today send me your offering and I will pray for you and GOD will heal you the price has already been paid by the blood of christ and it dosent cost us nothing I would be in a bad shape if I had to pay for his healing when I got canser I just asked him to heal me and he did and it dident cost me nothing THANK GOD and I diden t have to send anyone anything
Joe's Acts Chapter 3 comment on 1/28/2014, 11:54am...
Vs 24 says all this info and knowledge was evident because the 'fathers' had been talking about it since the beginning. Question: Paul says his teachings were never known before his (Paul's)revelations. This is not a contradiction. Paul is not given enough time in our bible studies. Chances are we don't really have a grasp on Christianity 101. Here's another q: Luke 9 says the apostles were out preaching the gospel. In Luke 18 the apostles 'knew nothing' about the upcoming Crucifixion.('it was hid from them') How could the apostles present the gospel if Paul says in 1 Cor 15:1-4 that the gospel for us is believe in the resurrection?....Read carefully the doxology at the end of Romans....We are to follow Jesus Christ ACCORDING TO THE REVELATION TO PAUL.(Gal. chapters 1 and 2)..not the 12. Paul says it's 'given to me to you-ward'. Christianity for us lives in Paul's letters. All else in the NT is Law.
Jan's Acts Chapter 3 comment about verse 22 on 11/02/2013, 11:20am...
I believe I can use this reference to start evangelizing them that say God cannot possibly have a son. I can speak of Jesus as a prophet as it is scriptural, before I get to more details. When the person starts receiving more of the truth I can give more information. Be blessed
Mary's Acts Chapter 3 comment on 9/10/2013, 8:46pm...
God heals a patient sometimes with out his (patients) request,but by some others request ,and their faith and concern.
Smart's Acts Chapter 3 comment on 8/18/2013, 5:06pm...
Encounter with the presence carrying believer always provoke change, the word is not only to be spoken but to be demonstrated with signs and wonder following, expectation is a breeding ground for miracle through faith.
Steve's Acts Chapter 3 comment on 4/20/2013, 11:22pm...
There is a phrase in verse 19 of Chapter 3 that has a parallel in Chapter 2. Peter tells the Jews that crucified Jesus to "repent and be converted that your sins be blotted out". The companion passage is in Acts 2 verse 38 where the convicted Jews are told to "repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins". The religious world chooses to believe one of the passages and refuses to believe the other although the language is structured the same. The hypocrisy is obvious to anyone who will read what it says instead of reading to prove what they already believe.
GWEDOLYN's Acts Chapter 3 comment on 4/09/2013, 1:14am...
John 14:12,13,14 VERILY,VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, HE THAT BELIEVETH ON ME,THE WORKS THAT I DO SHALL HE DO ALSO;AND GREATER WORKS THAN THESE SHALL HE DO;BECAUSE I GO UNTO MY FATHER.13:AND WHATSOEVER YE SHALL ASK IN MY NAME,THAT WILL I DO, THAT THE FATHER MAY BE GLORIFIED IN THE SON.14; IF YE ASK ANY THING IN MY NAME,I WILL DO IT.
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