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1 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.
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.
7 And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ancle bones received strength.
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.
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.
12 And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk?
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.
14 But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you;
15 And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.
16 And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.
17 And now, brethren, I wot that through ignorance ye did it, as did also your rulers.
18 But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled.
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;
20 And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you:
21 Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.
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 ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you.
23 And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people.
24 Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days.
25 Ye 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.
26 Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.
1Nowe Peter and Iohn went vp together into the Temple at the houre of prayer, beeing the ninth houre.
2And a certaine man lame from his mothers womb was caried, whom they laide daily at the gate of the Temple which is called Beautifull, to aske almes of them that entred into the Temple.
3Who seeing Peter & Iohn about to go into the Temple, asked an almes.
4And Peter fastening his eyes vpon him, with Iohn, said, Looke on vs.
5And he gaue heede vnto them, expecting to receiue something of them.
6Then Peter said, Siluer and gold haue I none, but such as I haue, giue I thee: In the Name of Iesus Christ of Nazareth, rise vp and walke.
7And hee tooke him by the right hand, & lift him vp: aud immediatly his feete and ancle bones receiued strength.
8And hee leaping vp, stood, and walked, and entred with them into the Temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.
9And all the people saw him walking, and praising God.
10And they knew that it was hee which sate for almes at the beautifull gate of the Temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened vnto him.
11And as the lame man which was healed, helde Peter and Iohn, all the people ranne together vnto them in the porch, that is called Solomons, greatly wondring.
12 And when Peter sawe it, hee answered vnto the people, Yee men of Israel, why marueile ye at this? or why looke yee so earnestly on vs, as though by our owne power or holinesse we had made this man to walke?
13The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Iacob, the God of our fathers hath glorified his sonne Iesus, whom ye deliuered vp, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when hee was determined to let him goe.
14But ye denied the Holy one, and the Iust, and desired a murderer to be granted vnto you,
15And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead, whereof we are witnesses.
16And his Name through faith in his Name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him, hath giuen him this perfect soundnesse in the presence of you all.
17And now brethren, I wote that through ignorance yee did it, as did also your rulers.
18But those things which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his Prophets, that Christ should suffer, hee hath so fulfilled.
19 Repent yee therefore, and bee conuerted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shal come from the presence of the Lord.
20And hee shall send Iesus Christ, which before was preached vnto you.
21Whom the heauen must receiue, vntill the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy Prophets since the world began.
22For Moses truely said vnto the fathers, A Prophet shall the Lord your God raise vp vnto you of your brethren, like vnto me; him shall yee heare in all things whatsoeuer he shal say vnto you.
23And it shall come to passe, that euery soule which will not heare that Prophet, shalbe destroyed from among the people.
24Yea and all the Prophets from Samuel, and those that follow after, as many as haue spoken, haue likewise foretold of these dayes.
25Yee are the children of the Prophets, and of the couenant which God made with our fathers, saying vnto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kinreds of the earth be blessed.
26Unto you first, God hauing raised vp his Sonne Iesus, sent him to blesse you, in turning away euery one of you from his iniquities.
I == Ps 55:17 ; Acts 2:46
II == John 9:8 ; Acts 14:8
VI == Acts 4:10
VIII == Isa 35:6
IX == Acts 4:16 , 21
X == John 9:8
XIII == Matt 27:2 , 20 ; Mark 15:11 ; Luke 23:18 , 20-21 ; John 18:40 ; 19:15
XIV == Ps 16:10 ; Mark 1:24 ; Luke 1:35
XV == Heb 2:10 , 24 , 32 ; 5:9
XVII == Luke 23:34 ; John 16:3 ; 1st Cor 2:8
XVIII == Ps 22 ; Isa 50:6 ; 53:5 ; Dan 9:26
XIX == Acts 2:38
XXI == Matt 17:11 ; luke 1:70 ; Acts 1:11
XXII == Deut 18:15 , 18-19
XXV == Gen 12:3 ; 18:18 ; Rom 9:4 , 8 ; 15:8
XXVI == Luke 24:47
1 Now Peter and John were going up to the temple area for the three o'clock hour of prayer. 2 And a man crippled from birth was carried and placed at the gate of the temple called "the Beautiful Gate" every day to beg for alms from the people who entered the temple. 3 When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked for alms. 4 But Peter looked intently at him, as did John, and said, "Look at us." 5 He paid attention to them, expecting to receive something from them. 6 Peter said, "I have neither silver nor gold, but what I do have I give you: in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean, (rise and) walk." 7 Then Peter took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles grew strong. 8 He leaped up, stood, and walked around, and went into the temple with them, walking and jumping and praising God. 9 When all the people saw him walking and praising God, 10 they recognized him as the one who used to sit begging at the Beautiful Gate of the temple, and they were filled with amazement and astonishment at what had happened to him. 11 As he clung to Peter and John, all the people hurried in amazement toward them in the portico called "Solomon's Portico."12 When Peter saw this, he addressed the people, "You Israelites, why are you amazed at this, and why do you look so intently at us as if we had made him walk by our own power or piety? 13 The God of Abraham, (the God) of Isaac, and (the God) of Jacob, the God of our ancestors, has glorified his servant Jesus whom you handed over and denied in Pilate's presence, when he had decided to release him. 14 You denied the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you. 15 The author of life you put to death, but God raised him from the dead; of this we are witnesses. 16 And by faith in his name, this man, whom you see and know, his name has made strong, and the faith that comes through it has given him this perfect health, in the presence of all of you. 17 Now I know, brothers, that you acted out of ignorance, just as your leaders did; 18 but God has thus brought to fulfillment what he had announced beforehand through the mouth of all the prophets, that his Messiah would suffer. 19 Repent, therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be wiped away, 20 and that the Lord may grant you times of refreshment and send you the Messiah already appointed for you, Jesus, 21 whom heaven must receive until the times of universal restoration of which God spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old. 22 For Moses said: 'A prophet like me will the Lord, your God, raise up for you from among your own kinsmen; to him you shall listen in all that he may say to you. 23 Everyone who does not listen to that prophet will be cut off from the people.' 24 Moreover, all the prophets who spoke, from Samuel and those afterwards, also announced these days. 25 You are the children of the prophets and of the covenant that God made with your ancestors when he said to Abraham, 'In your offspring all the families of the earth shall be blessed.' 26 For you first, God raised up his servant and sent him to bless you by turning each of you from your evil ways."
v1. A definite time and place for prayer. Without both, you may do without both. Specific times for prayer at the temple were 9 AM, 12 noon and, as here, 3 PM.
v2. Carried to gate Beautiful, the eastern gate that led from the court of the Gentiles to the women’s court. We should bring others to where they can hear the gospel. He was completely helpless, just like a lost sinner in his sins.
v3-6. Asked merely alms, but got more than he expected. God abundantly supplies, but in many things we have not because we ask not, James 4:2.
v7. In taking his hand he was giving extra encouragement. (Offer to walk the aisle with an unsaved friend).
v8. Both physical and spiritual healing bring forth praise. In this case they ministered to a physical need first, the spiritual following immediately. This balance must be closely watched on all areas of missionary service. Sometimes a burden must be dealt with before any interest can be shown spiritually. But some missions are almost full time ministering to physical and social needs, not really getting down to spiritual problems. Beware also of “Rice Christians”.
v9-11. A changed life attracts attention of all who knew him and resulted in others coming to hear the Word. (The porch in front of the temple was 20 cubits wide and 10 feet deep with two large pillars.)
v12. Peter seized such opportunities to witness. He disclaimed any credit for himself (v16). Faithful servants of the Lord point people to Christ and are careful to avoid exalting self.
v13-15. The people ---delivered up, denied and killed.
(But he suffered under Pontius Pilate, and our sins put Him there.)
The Lord ----raised him up from the dead.
The Apostles ----were witnesses.
v16. He only asked alms. It was the Apostle’s faith.
v17. They denied and killed Christ ignorantly, but the prophets had clearly told of him - they were without excuse.
v19. Repent. Part of the early success of preaching lay in the fact these people had so recently taken part in this murderous action and were “pricked in their hearts” (Acts 2”37) . This is why Rom. 3:23 is frequently used in dealing with the lost, to point out their sinful condition - this must precede salvation.
v19-21. Some of this speaks nationally to the Jews concerning Christ’s coming to set up His Kingdom. Individually they could be saved. Nationally, if they had accepted Christ, the time of refreshing, the Millennium, could have been ushered in then. God knew they would reject, so the Church Age, unknown to Old Testament prophets, was ushered in instead.
v22. See Deut. 18:15-19. Moses prophesied of Christ.
v23. Christ, like Moses, will not only deliver but judge.
v24. A pretty good biography of Christ could be written just from all Old Testament prophesies.
v25. Of course the Jews are blessed as descendants of Abraham, but through his seed, Christ, the Gentiles also are blessed.
v26. To Jew first, then the Gentiles. Rom. 1:16; Acts 13:46,47.