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The Book of Acts Chapter 3:1-13 (10 of 44)
Dr. Harley Howard
1 Now Peter and John went up together into the temple
at the hour of prayer, [being] the ninth [hour].
In chapter three, verses 1-10, we see the event of the
lame man healed by Peter and John. In verses 11-26,
we see again that a miracle was not performed just for
the sake of performing miracles. Miracles were done
by the hand of God to draw people together to hear the
gospel of the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ. Many
people today who claim to have the gifts of miracles
overlook this clear truth. Notice that I said,
miracles (pl), because it is stated in the plural in
The emphasis of the ministry of the apostles was the
proclamation of the gospel of Christ. This truth is
so clear and such a rebuke to many today that are so
busy trying to get God to give them a miracle that
they miss the entire point of the purpose of them. I
have to this day not seen any public so-called
ministry with alleged healings or miracles that ever
gave out the gospel message of Jesus Christ.
Now it's not really important what we think Peter's
state of mind was concerning the miracles that he
performed. It is what Peter thought about them.
Peter made it clear that the word of God was the
priority. We will see that in a moment.
What is so interesting about those who had the gifts
of miracles, how little they made of that fact. There
is almost nothing even mentioned from the person(s)
used by God to perform miracles. Yet, so much is
being made today of the many so-called miracle
workers, which is totally contrary to the models of
scripture--the Lord Himself and of the apostles. That
fact should not be overlooked. It was the gospel that
was Peter's priority. (Read 2nd Peter 1:12-21)
Peter again preached another powerful and convicting
sermon, calling on the hearers to repent of their
sinfulness and not to delay becau ...
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