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Acts 3: Demonstration of God's Power
Posted on February 3rd, 2013

Demonstration of God's Power

Acts 3:1 Peter and John went to the Temple one afternoon to take part in the three o’clock prayer service. 2 As they approached the Temple, a man lame from birth was being carried in. Each day he was put beside the Temple gate, the one called the Beautiful Gate, so he could beg from the people going into the Temple. 3 When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for some money.

4 Peter and John looked at him intently, and Peter said, “Look at us!” 5 The lame man looked at them eagerly, expecting some money. 6 But Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!”

7 Then Peter took the lame man by the right hand and helped him up. And as he did, the man’s feet and ankles were instantly healed and strengthened. 8 He jumped up, stood on his feet, and began to walk! Then, walking, leaping, and praising God, he went into the Temple with them.

9 All the people saw him walking and heard him praising God. 10 When they realized he was the lame beggar they had seen so often at the Beautiful Gate, they were absolutely astounded! 11 They all rushed out in amazement to Solomon’s Colonnade, where the man was holding tightly to Peter and John.

Jesus once said, “I have told you before it takes place, so that when it does take place you may believe.  (John 14:29)” I want to tell you that this is how Jesus works with us. He will let you know what He is up to. He will let you know what’s coming next. Why? Because when it happens we will believe. This faith will also cause us to praise Him and give our lives on a deeper level to Him.

This is exactly what our Lord did in Acts 1. He told them they would be baptized with the Holy Spirit soon (Acts 1:4) and that they would receive power (Acts 1:8). They received the Baptism of the Holy Ghost in Acts 2:1-4. They then received the power to speak in another language by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Today as we look at Acts 3, we see the demonstration of the Divine Power of God. Jesus told them before it took place so that when it happens they would believe.

I want to make the point that when this miracle happened, Peter and John were on the way to the temple for prayer. There is no indication that this was the first time they did so. They were in the mindset to go and pray. The bible gives the indication also that the lame man was well known to be at the Beautiful Gate often. This means that Peter and John definitely passed by this man before. But today, God had a different plan. This is a comfort that when you are expecting something and it doesn’t seem to happen when you want it, be in the mindset of prayer and then you will see the miracle that is right front of you and ready to happen.

Peter looked at the man and did something miraculous. He did not pray for the lame man. He did not touch him. All Peter did was speak what the Spirit of God had him to say. This demonstrates the operation of the Spirit known as the gift of faith (1 Corinthians 12:9). This is a divine faith. It is not the faith of the individual, but it is an operation that is given by God. All Peter did was tell him “rise up and walk!” and the man was healed. The fact that he was healed instantaneously was a demonstration of the gift of miracles.

I want to point out that there were two miracles done. Not only did he receive strength in his legs, but he also was given the ability to walk. One is not the other. This man was lame from birth. He was never taught how to walk. This is amazing! It was in the middle of the day and in a public place. The man immediately jumped up even though he had never jumped before. He began to run even though he had never run before. He tremendously changed this man's life.

Of course what follows is a natural progression of God’s will. Peter preached the Gospel. This is the whole purpose of miracles. It validates the Gospel and brings conviction upon people so they can turn from their sins and give their lives to the Miracle Worker. 

In chapter 4, we will see how this message was received.


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