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Acts 3:1-26

God's Word, which was revealed to Luke, continues with the account of what happened after that day of Pentecost, the day when God poured-out His gift of holy spirit - baptism in holy spirit - by means of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Acts 3:1-3:

3:1But Peter and John ascended into the temple on the hour of prayer, the ninth (hour), .2and some adult-male being-from-the-beginning lame from his mother's womb was lifted-up whom they put daily towards the door of the temple, the (door) being said (as) Beautiful, to ask a merciful-deed from the (people) journeying into the temple, .3who, having seen Peter and John being about to enter into the temple, asked to receive a merciful-deed.

Peter and John were on their way into the temple at the 3:00 p.m. hour of prayer when this man who was lame from birth asked them for a merciful-deed. This lame man was in need and asked to be given alms by mercy, to be bestowed active-relief withholding any merited judgment and punishment from him.

Verses 4-8:

.4But Peter having gazed-intently into him, together with John, said, "You must observe into us," .5and the (man) held-on to them expecting to receive something from them, .6and Peter said, "Silver and gold does not begin-from me, but that-which I have this-thing I give to you - in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene you must walk," .7and having apprehended him with the right hand he raised him up and with-that his steppings and anklebones were made-solid, .8and (he) leaping-out stood and he walked and went together with them into the temple walking and leaping and speaking-in-praise-of God.

Peter and John must have come-in through this temple-entrance on many occasions previously, but on this occasion both Peter and John gazed-intently at him - the holy spirit-life which they both had was working-within them to fix their eyes intently upon this man at this time. Peter is the one who told him that he must observe, pay-attention and contemplate them, not anyone or anything else. Did the man believe what Peter said? Yes. The man paid attention to them expecting to receive something from them.

Again, Peter is the one who speaks and what he is speaking are God's words in this situation being communicated to his mind by his holy spirit-life. He said: “Silver (silver coins, money in general) and gold (gold coins) does not begin (start, originate) from me (I am not the source of money), but what I have this I give to you - in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene you must walk.” Some texts include the words “rise up and” before the word “walk.”

The action of giving is an unforced presenting or yielding something which one already has to someone else who does not have it yet. In order for Peter to give something to this man, he must have it first. Peter had previously received holy spirit-life and so he had the powerful ability of Christ within him. Now he could give the beneficial effects, resulting from the holy spirit working within him, to another person in accordance with the Christ (refer to I Corinthians 12:7-13).

Also, we should understand that when God talks about something being done "in the name of" something or someone else, it incorporates the fullness of everything involved with the one named. Regarding the name of Jesus Christ, it includes all that the name of "Jesus" and the name of "Christ" represent and stand for. "In the name of Jesus Christ" gives emphasis to Jesus being the Anointed-one, the Messiah, and means: within the cause and sphere of action of all the authoritative-power, ability, workings, etc, that God gave to Jesus when he raised him up out-from the dead-people, and gave him the name that is above every other name, designating the resurrected Jesus being Lord and Christ (refer to Matthew 1:21; Acts 2:21 and 38; 3:6 and 16; 4:7-12, and 30; Romans 1:3 and 4; Ephesians 1:19-23; Philippians 2:9-11; II Thessalonians 3:6). Also refer to Matthew 2:23.

Having spoken to this man, Peter continues to do as his holy spirit is instructing him. He caught him with his right hand and raised him up, and right then (next to, beside what Peter did, immediately) the man's power to step and his anklebones were made firm and stable. And the man, leaping out from where he had been put, stood and walked, and he went together with Peter and John into the temple walking around and leaping (as dancing, springing) and speaking in praise of God!

Yes, the man believed the words that Peter spoke to him and he accepted the help that Peter offered to him in raising him up. Then the man spoke in praise of God, not of Peter nor of John - he knew that Peter had spoken God's words to him and so after he was healed he praised the only true God.

What a great witness carried-out by Peter and John!

 

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