Act 3:1 ¶ Now Peter and John went up together into the temple
at the hour of prayer, [being] the ninth [hour].
COMMENT: THE HOLY REVOLUTION is in motion.
It is Spirit driven. Three thousand devout Jewish men were added
to the church in Jerusalem. Their praise can be heard in the
streets and the people are responding well to their examples
of holiness. Now Peter and John, two of the principle Apostles
go up together into the temple where you will remember, Jesus
threw the money changers out twice in his several years of
ministry. There the Pharisees challenged his authority and
he theirs in the centerpiece of the Jewish religion. King
Herod invested forty six years of expense and labor on the
illustrious holy temple. It was and will be again the crossroads
of the practice of Jewish and Gentile faith in the God of
Act 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;
COMMENT: The temple as well as its gate
were adorned in gold and silver covered architecture of the most
exquisite kind and a man lame from birth was carried to the
beautiful gate to the temple where he asked for alms to support
himself of them who went into the temple. Anyone desiring anything
of God would certainly consider his needs seriously before passing
by him to make their petitions in prayers and supplications before
Act 3:3 Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the
temple asked an alms.
COMMENT: The lame man certainly was fortunate
to be able to ask two anointed Apostles for a gift of alms to
help him in his disability, for they above all others going into
the temple had the power of God working in them to cure him
Act 3:4 And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John,
said, Look on us.
COMMENT: Here we find in holy Scripture one
of the most important aspects of walking in the anointing, and
that is the fastening of the eyes upon the objective at hand to
focus in singleness of eye with all their might on him. By doing
that which they were doing with "ALL THEIR MIGHT" as we are
commanded to do in holy Scripture, Christ in them was able to
be manifest mightily in them. This is a law of the Spirit, not
to be confused with the laws of Moses which Christ also came
Act 3:5 And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive
something of them.
COMMENT: The lame man reacted by habit
expecting to receive a financial gift.
Act 3:6 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 walk.
COMMENT: The Apostles could have easily
spent their time collecting money to enrich themselves
like the Crouches, the Copelands, the Hinns, the Schullers
and other materialistic
practicioners of the Christian religion today; but the Apostles
had no silver or gold,
and being free of the distractions and worldly entanglements caused
by obtaining and enjoying wealth; they gave of the spiritual power
working in them saying: "In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth
rise up and walk."
Act 3:7 And he took him by the right hand, and lifted [him]
up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.
COMMENT: The Apostle Peter took the lame man's
right hand and lifted him up to encourage his faith, and immediately his
feet and ankle bones received strength from the invisibly
literal Spirit of God using the same creative power used to make
Adam and Eve.
Act 3:8 And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered
with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.
COMMENT: The lame man was glad to give up
his place for gathering alms to accompany the two Apostles who
befriended him, into the temple, walking, and leaping, and
praising God in the sight of all the people.
Act 3:9 And all the people saw him walking and praising God:
COMMENT: The sight of seeing the lame man
healed stopped them. If a circus had marched into the temple
complete with lions and tigers and tight rope walkers high above
them, they could not have attracted as much attention as the
lame man walking and leaping and praising God.
Act 3:10 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.
COMMENT: The Spirit of wonder and amazement
is from God. They stared at the miracle of the man and God filled
them with "wonder and amazement" to persuade them intellectually
and emotionally of just how wonderful a healing had taken place
at the beautiful gate to their glorious temple.
Act 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.
COMMENT: By this means, God who "QUICKENS
ALL THINGS" moved all the people to run together unto them
in Solomon's porch greatly wondering about the unknown power of
God working in their midst.
Act 3:12 And when Peter saw [it], he answered unto the people,
You men of Israel, why marvel at this? or why do you look so
earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we
had made this man to walk?
COMMENT: Once again, Saint Peter shows
preachers how to preach. He begins with a disclaimer to clear
himself of their idol worship, a sin that could get him censored
by the religious leaders. Peter makes it clear the two Apostles
were not God.
Act 3:13 The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob,
the God of our fathers, has glorified his Son Jesus; whom
you delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate,
when he was determined to let [him] go.
COMMENT: Peter is following exactly the
same pattern in his preaching to convert the three thousand devout
Jewish men on Pentecost. He refers to the God of Israel to make
sure it is understood he represents the God they worship, and
identifies Jesus as the Son of God pointing out how all Israel
is corporately guilty of having delivered the Lord into the
power of the Romans and denying him in the presence of Governor
Pilate who was determined to let him go. Now it is clear to
his audience that they are sinners in need of a Saviour. Peter
goes on to say:
Act 3:14 But you denied the Holy One and the Just, and
desired a murderer to be granted unto you;
COMMENT: Oh what miserable sinners Peter
showed them to be, and here they were feeling good about themselves
a few minutes earlier in the holy temple of God. Israel
was corporately guilty of desiring a murderer over the Holy One
God had sent to them.
Act 3:15 And killed the Prince of life, whom God has
raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.
COMMENT: Israel was further guilty of the
Lord's death whom God raised from the dead and to this the
Apostles were witnesses.
Act 3:16 And his name through faith in his name has
made this man strong, whom you see and know: yea, the
faith which is by him has given him this perfect
soundness in the presence of you all.
COMMENT: The healing came through faith in
the Lord's name which the Gentiles know to be Jesus in our
Scriptures, but whether the Apostles used "Jeshua Hamashiack"
or some other Hebrew usage of the name of Jesus, the Christ,
we do not know for certain. Nonetheless, the lame man was found
in "perfect soundness" by the power of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Nonetheless, a creative healing miracle had taken place, and this
should be a witness to you dear brother and sister that God
Almighty through Christ the Lord can raise you up bodily in
the Resurrection with the same creative healing power so you
will find your body in "perfect soundness" in the world to come.
Act 3:17 And now, brethren, I know that through
ignorance ye did [it], as [did] also your rulers.
COMMENT: Peter is not making excuses,
nor losing his nerve. He spoke the truth in love. Sin makes
Act 3:18 But those things, which God before had showed
by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer,
he has so fulfilled.
COMMENT: Once again, Peter makes it clear
to his audience by other Scriptures that Christ was the fulfillment
Act 3:19 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;
COMMENT: And once again, Saint Peter
calls his audience to repentance by the power of God in him,
promising them forgiveness of sins, when the times of
refreshing comes from the Presence of the Lord. This is a
precept or principle of God's workings in every believer's
life through the years they are here on earth, that when faith
is weak and vulnerable; they are refreshed by the Spirit of
God when they seek him; sometimes by fasting and praying until
they breakthrough their sinfulness. Then their faith is assured
for a while longer that they are saved, and they are encouraged
to live more obediently.
Act 3:20 And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before
was preached unto you:
COMMENT: Saint Peter is communicating from
the office of Prophet to the crowd gathered in the temple in
amazement, telling them and us down through the centuries; of
the second coming of Christ and the Prophet Apostle was reminding
the Israelites Christ was already preached to them; suggesting
the disciples of the Lord were busy during his ministry
preaching everywhere in Israel. Holy Scripture is so subtle we
must learn to interpret what is actually being said in plain
speech that does not appear to be deep at the first reading.
Saint Peter went on to say in regard to the 2nd coming of Christ:
Act 3:21 "Whom the heaven must receive until the times of
restitution of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth
of all his holy prophets since the world began.
COMMENT: Some have taken "the times of
restitution of all things" to mean salvation for all; but Peter
is speaking prophetically of the restoration of the kingdom to
Israel which the Apostles confirmed would take place when they
inquired of the Lord at the Ascension on the Mount of Olives.
Restitution and restoration are interchangeable
words in Acts 1:6 and Acts 3:21. To (1) restore the world kingdom and
(2) the times (=years) of restitution of all things are the same
thing. In English we understand to restore or to make restitution
to be the same. Saint Peter continued with his message
to the gathering, speaking in
the power of the Spirit, his words echoing in the glorious
Act 3:22 "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 you hear in all things whatsoever he
shall say unto you.
COMMENT: Christ is the fulfillment of Moses
prophecy, but Israel will not hear him fully until the Lord of
glory returns in the 2nd Coming to set up his thousand year
reign and restore the kingdom to Israel.
Act 3:23 And it shall come to pass, [that] every soul,
which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed
from among the people.
COMMENT: At the Judgment Seat of Christ,
Israel shall pass under the executioner's rod and you can believe
no man among them will be foolish enough to not hear the prophetic
voice of the Lord; for the greatness of the power of God will be
so dynamically demonstrated on that glorious day that all Israel
shall be saved. Peter continues his powerful message:
Act 3:24 Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that
follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of
COMMENT: The Old Testament Prophets have
foretold the future that we Gentiles are looking for, although so many
of their prophecies have already been fulfilled.
Act 3:25 You 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 the kindreds of the earth be blessed.
COMMENT: Peter was speaking to his fellow
Israeli's in the holy temple in Jerusalem where Gentiles were not
allowed to enter into its exclusively Jewish mansions and rooms
where the daily sacrifice took place, and only one Jewish man,
the High Priest
was allowed into the holy of Holies.
The Prophet Apostle told them they were "the children of the prophets, and
of the covenant" which God made with their fathers. This is something
Gentile religious leaders the world over have neglected and denied
to the confusion of the Scriptures to the churches. Although
every nation has an anti-Jewish attitude to one degree or another;
"all the kindreds of the earth" will be blessed by grafting their
branches into Israel. This also will be fulfilled in the thousand
year reign of our Jewish Saviour, Jesus Christ. And Peter
concluded his message to the crowd assembled in the glorious temple.
Act 3:26 "Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus,
sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from
COMMENT: The Apostle Peter standing with
the Apostle John and the formerly lame man told those Jewish
men gathered that God having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him
first to Israel to bless them, in turning away every one of them
for their iniquities. He no sooner had finished casting a preacher's
net about the crowd to fish them all into the Church in Jerusalem
when footsteps were heard in the temple echoing