“25 You are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant that God made with your fathers, saying to Abraham, ‘And in your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed.’ 26 God, having raised up his servant, sent him to you first, to bless you by turning every one of you from your wickedness.” – Acts 3:25-26
The crippled beggar who had been a permanent fixture outside the Temple, the Jewish centre of religion, was now standing and clinging on to the arms of Peter and John. The “men of Israel” were astounded. So Peter preached to them, not about the healing of this crippled beggar, but the healing of the people of Israel.
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But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!” – Acts 3:6
What did Peter have that this crippled beggar did not? Peter had faith in the name of Jesus Christ.
Here, at the gate called “Beautiful”, this man crippled from birth had been begging for money for years. He was not begging for beauty.
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“And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” – Acts 2:42.
What were believers of Jesus being saved to?
After Peter’s Spirit-led sermon on Pentecost, 3,000 souls were added. What were they added to? Luke describes the day-to-day scene of this new community of new believers living new lives.
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“Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.” – Acts 2:36
These words cut the hearts of the Jewish pilgrims that fateful day, and they cried out, “what shall we do?”
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“And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.” – Acts 2:4
“… we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.” – Acts 2:11
What’s the significance of the Holy Spirit giving the disciples supernatural utterance in other languages?
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“21 So one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22 beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us-one of these men must become with us a witness to his resurrection.” – Acts 1:21-22
“to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.” – Acts 1:25
What was the main reason for the apostles to appoint a replacement for Judas Iscariot?
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“10 And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, 11 and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”” – Acts 1:10-11
“[Jesus] whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago.” – Acts 3:21
Why does it matter that Jesus should return to earth in the same way that He ascended to heaven? What is this “same way” anyway?
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“And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father…” – Acts 1:4
“All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.” – Acts 1:14
Jesus ordered, not suggested, His disciples wait in Jerusalem for the promise of the Father.
In fact, Jesus had conveyed this promise before His crucifixion and after His resurrection (Luke 24:49). Why did the disciples have to wait for God to fulfil His promise? Surely, He could fulfil it in an instant?
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He [Jesus] presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. – Acts 1:3
Three things Luke describes in this verse. Jesus presented many proofs of his resurrection. Jesus appeared to the disciples for 40 days. Jesus spoke about the Kingdom of God. Our doctor-writer must have meant to say something important here.
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