Acts Chapter 3

January 27, 2011

This Preaching in Shorts Bible study is on the Book of Acts. Each chapter is read verse by verse with the major points highlighted and discussed.

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Acts 3:1-26 (NIV)
1 One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer–at three in the afternoon. 2 Now a man crippled from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. 3 When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. 4 Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” 5 So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them. 6 Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” 7 Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. 8 He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. 9 When all the people saw him walking and praising God, 10 they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him. 11 While the beggar held on to Peter and John, all the people were astonished and came running to them in the place called Solomon’s Colonnade. 12 When Peter saw this, he said to them: “Men of Israel, why does this surprise you? Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk? 13 The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus. You handed him over to be killed, and you disowned him before Pilate, though he had decided to let him go. 14 You disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you. 15 You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this. 16 By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has given this complete healing to him, as you can all see. 17 “Now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did your leaders. 18 But this is how God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, saying that his Christ would suffer. 19 Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, 20 and that he may send the Christ, who has been appointed for you–even Jesus. 21 He must remain in heaven until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets. 22 For Moses said, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you must listen to everything he tells you. 23 Anyone who does not listen to him will be completely cut off from among his people.’ 24 “Indeed, all the prophets from Samuel on, as many as have spoken, have foretold these days. 25 And you are heirs of the prophets and of the covenant God made with your fathers. He said to Abraham, ‘Through your offspring all peoples on earth will be blessed.’ 26 When God raised up his servant, he sent him first to you to bless you by turning each of you from your wicked ways.”

Acts 3:1-11

The disciples are out being the church. On their way to pray they pass by a man crippled from birth (Acts 4:22 tells us that this man was over 40) who would sit outside the gate Beautiful every day and beg.

On this day (there is no telling how many times the disciples had walked by this man who was at this gate every day before) but on this day, Peter and John stopped and ministered to this man in healing prayer and he was healed and began walking and jumping. (I think there is something important to note that this type of prayer needs to be Spirit led, as in Jesus only doing what He saw the Father doing. Don’t just arbitrarily move into this type of ministry without some unction or leading from the Lord.)

As the people who had seen this man day after day begging at the gate noticed him up and jumping around and hanging on to Peter and John, they were amazed and a crowd gathered.

Acts 3:12-16

Peter seized on this opportunity to preach the gospel. The first thing He does is make sure that the crowd knows that it is not about Peter and John, but that it is all about Jesus and faith in His name.

Peter uses three very descriptive terms of Jesus in these verses. He refers to Jesus as “God’s servant Jesus”, “the Holy and Righteous One”, and the “Author of Life”.

The irony of the third title is particularly strong, they killed the “Author of Life” but He was raised to life from the dead.

Acts 3:17-21

In these verses Peter exhorts the crowd to repent and turn to God so that their sins would be wiped out and that they may experience times of refreshing from the Lord.

Acts 3:22-26

Jesus is portrayed as the NT Moses in fulfillment of prophecy from Deuteronomy.

Deuteronomy 18:15-19 (NIV)
15 The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own brothers. You must listen to him. 16 For this is what you asked of the LORD your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly when you said, “Let us not hear the voice of the LORD our God nor see this great fire anymore, or we will die.” 17 The LORD said to me: “What they say is good. 18 I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers; I will put my words in his mouth, and he will tell them everything I command him. 19 If anyone does not listen to my words that the prophet speaks in my name, I myself will call him to account.

Peter then talks about all the prophets speaking of this Messianic Age in one way or another. The Kingdom of God is here, inaugurated in Christ’s first coming. It is here but not fully here. We live in the tension of the now and not yet. It will be consummated when Jesus comes back.

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