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The People of the Covenant (8 of 24)
Series: The Acts of the Apostles: A Verse-by-Verse Study
September 26, 2007
INTRODUCTION: In our lesson last week, we examined Peter and John's encounter with the lame man, who sat at the gate and begged alms. It says in (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."
Peter said to the man, "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" (vs. 6). We remember the rest of the story; the man took Peter by the hand and was instantly healed--leaping and walking, just as if he had never been a cripple. The people who stood by were amazed and in wonder at the miracle that had taken place: "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" (3:11).
As we move through (vv. 12-26), we have Peter's address to the Jews who had gathered in the Temple. We know there must have been thousands there because in (4:4), following Peter's address, the Bible says about 5,000 believed and were saved.
I. Peter's Address
II. Peter's Appeal
III. Peter's Answer
I. PETER'S ADDRESS
A. Regarding the Beggar's Healing (vs. 12)
1. Peter quickly shifts the attention from himself to God (vv. 13, 16). You will remember in Acts 14, when Paul healed the lame man; they declared him to be a god. He reminded them that there was only one true God, Who could do such things. By the way, a little sub point here: we need to learn to deflect praise to God. I think there is way too much self-exaltation in many of our churches today. God, alone, is worthy. Romans 11:36 declares: "For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen."
B. Re ...
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