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Acts: Chapter 3

Verses 1 - 10

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• 3 Now Peter and John went up
together into the temple at the hour
of prayer, being the ninth hour.
• 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;
• 3 Who seeing Peter and John about to
go into the temple asked an alms.
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• 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.
• 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!!!”
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• 8 And he leaping up stood, and walked, and
entered with them into the temple, walking, and
leaping, and praising God.
• 9 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.

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In the Story. . . . . . . . .

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Who am I?

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WHO ARE YOU???

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PETER
• Apostle of Christ
• Aka Simon Peter, Peter, Simeon,
Simon
• First Bishop of Rome
• From Bethsaida, province of
Galilee
• Fathers name was John or Jona
• Brother to Andrew (also an
apostle)
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PETER
• A fisherman by profession
• One of the apostles to witness
the transfiguration
• Was part of Jesus’ inner circle
• Promised Jesus that he will
always be at His side
• Denied JESUS 3X
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PETER

Confessed JESUS as
the Messiah

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JOHN
• Youngest of the apostles
• Son of Zebedee
• Brother of James
• From Bethsaida, Galilee
• The only one to die of natural
causes
• aka John the Beloved 13
JOHN
• Author of several books in the bible
• Gospel of John, the epistles of John
and the Revelation
• He was the John at the foot of the
Cross
• He was the “Son” in the “Behold
your son” (seven last words of Jesus
Christ)
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LAME

• Lame since birth


• Asking “alms”
• Has a routinary life
• Needs to be carried
• Needs to be taken cared of
• Is always “ASKING” 15
LAME

HAS NO NAME

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LAME

• HAS NO NAME
• And he leaping up stood, and walked,
and entered with them into the
temple, walking, and leaping, and
praising God.
• 9 And all the people saw him walking
and praising God
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WHO ARE YOU???

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• YOU ARE THE LAME. . . . . .
• YOU HAD A ROUTINARY LIFE
• YOU ALWAYS RECEIVE; ATTENTION SEEKER
• PEOPLE TAKES CARE OF YOU
• YOU EXPERIENCE HAPPINESS BUT NOT JOY
• NO APPRECIATION AND CONTENTMENT20
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And he leaping up stood, and
walked, and entered with them
into the temple, walking, and
leaping, and praising God.

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PETER AND JOHN
• FAITHFUL
• JOYFUL
• BOLD
• SPIRIT LED
• LOVING
• COMMITTED
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PETER AND JOHN
• 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!!!”
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The Lame Man Healed
• Man was lame since birth
• A beggar, carried every day to
the gate to beg alms
• “Beautiful” gate
• Peter and John got his attention,
and Peter offered him something
other than alms. “In the name
of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise
up and walk.” 26
The Beautiful Gate

“The gate which led from the Court of the


Gentiles into the Court of the Women. This would be
the gate of Corinthian bronze described by Josephus”
(called Nicanor gate). “Nicanor was made of Corinthian
brass, and adorned with silver and gold plates. It was
75 feet high and 60 feet wide. It was located on the
east where the sunlight presented a bright reflection to
the constant crowds entering for worship.”
(New Testament History, Acts [Reese], pg. 152-153)
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The Lame Man Healed

• Peter and John got his attention, and Peter


offered him something other than alms.
“In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth,
rise up and walk.”

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The Lame Man Healed (vs. 1-11)
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• The nature of the miraculous healing
• The miracle was instantaneous (vs. 7)
• The miracle was dramatic (vs. 8)
• The miracle was verifiable (vss. 9-10)
• The miracle fostered wonder in the people
who witnessed it (vs. 11, cf. vs. 12, “as though by
our own power or godliness we had made this man walk…”).

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John 20:30-31
And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His
disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these are
written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of
God, and that believing you may have life in His name.

Note: A miracle is evidence of the divine. But, faith comes by “hearing


God’s word…”

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Romans 10:17
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of
God.

Note: The miracle is not the source of faith, but readies the mind to
believe. The gospel of Christ is the source of faith.

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Peter’s Second Sermon (vs. 12-26)
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• The miracle gave Peter an audience
• They were “amazed” and “ran” (vs. 11)
• Peter deflected the focus from him and
John (vs. 12)
• Miracles come from God, not men
• Paul and Barnabas had a similar reaction at a
similar circumstance (Acts 14:8-18) in Lystra.
There it was said, “they could scarcely restrain the
multitudes from sacrificing to them.” 32
Peter’s Second Sermon (vs. 12-26)
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• Peter Immediately pointed out the sin of
the Jews (13-15)
• Remember his statement on Pentecost (2:36).
Stephen did the same, with a different result
(7:51-53)
• Note: The emphasis today on “Friendship
evangelism” is misplaced. All examples of
conversion in Acts had immediate
convicting of sin! 33
Peter’s Second Sermon (vs. 12-26)
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• Peter identified Jesus as the source of the
miracle (cf. John 20:30-31)
• It was the apostles’ faith in Jesus Christ that
accomplished this miracle (Mt. 17:20; Lk.
17:5-6)

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Luke 17:5-6

And the apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our


faith." 6 So the Lord said, "If you have faith as a
mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, 'Be
pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,' and it
would obey you.”

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Peter’s Second Sermon (vs. 12-26)
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• Peter identified Jesus as the source of the
miracle (cf. John 20:30-31)
• It was the apostles’ faith in Jesus Christ that
accomplished this miracle (Mt. 17:20; Lk.
17:5-6)
• The key point here is this: It is “through His
name” that the miracle was performed. The
“prince of life” they had rejected had
accomplished this miracle.
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Peter’s Second Sermon (vs. 12-26)
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• God accomplished man’s redemption
through the Jews’ actions (vs. 17-18)
• The had done this in ignorance (though that
did not excuse their actions).
• God’s purposes could not be thwarted through
their efforts. In fact, he used them to
accomplish the redemption of man in Christ’s
sacrifice (cf. Jn. 10:17-18)
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John 10:17-18

"Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down


My life that I may take it again. 18 No one takes it
from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power
to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This
command I have received from My Father.”

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Peter’s Second Sermon (vs. 12-26)
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• Peter called the Jews to Repentance (vs. 19-
21) (Parallel to Acts 2)
• Repent and be converted (return). Baptism
would certainly be included in the “return” (cf.
Acts 2:38)
• Sins “blotted out” / “remission”
• Blessing: “Times of refreshing” / “Gift of the
Holy Spirit”
• Until Jesus second coming (cf. 1 Thess. 4:13-
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1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren,
concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you
sorrow as others who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that
Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him
those who sleep in Jesus. 15 For this we say to you by the
word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the
coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are
asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a
shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God.
And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and
remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the
Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18
Therefore comfort one another with these words.

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Peter’s Second Sermon (vs. 12-26)
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• An Appeal to the Prophets
• Jesus attributes the quote from Deuteronomy
18:15-19 to Moses
• In these “last days” Jesus’ voice is the one that
must be heeded (cf. Heb. 1:1-2; Jn. 14:6)

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Hebrews 1:1-2

God, who at various times and in various ways spoke


in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2 has in these
last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir
of all things, through whom also He made the worlds”

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John 14:6

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the


life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

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Peter’s Second Sermon (vs. 12-26)
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• An Appeal to the Prophets
• Jesus attributes the quote from Deuteronomy
18:15-19 to Moses
• In these “last days” Jesus’ voice is the one that
must be heeded (cf. Heb. 1:1-2; Jn. 14:6)
• Jesus is the fulfillment of the Prophets
• The Seed of Abraham is Christ (Gal. 3:16)
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Galatians 3:16

Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises


made. He does not say, "And to seeds," as of many, but
as of one, "And to your Seed," who is Christ.

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Peter’s Second Sermon (vs. 12-26)
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• An Appeal to the Prophets
• Jesus attributes the quote from Deuteronomy
18:15-19 to Moses
• In these “last days” Jesus’ voice is the one that
must be heeded (cf. Heb. 1:1-2; Jn. 14:6)
• Jesus is the fulfillment of the Prophets
• The Seed of Abraham is Christ (Gal. 3:16)
• His purpose in coming was to “turn” the Jews 46

from their “wicked ways”