GuateDevos - Acts 3

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Acts 3
Peter Heals the Crippled Beggar
1One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. 2Now 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. 3When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. 4Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, "Look at us!" 5So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.

6Then 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." 7Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man's feet and ankles became strong. 8He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. 9When all the people saw him walking and praising God, 10they 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.
Peter Speaks to the Onlookers
11While 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. 12When 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? 13The 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. 14You disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you. 15You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this. 16By 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. 18But this is how God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, saying that his Christ[a] would suffer. 19Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, 20and that he may send the Christ, who has been appointed for you—even Jesus. 21He must remain in heaven until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets. 22For 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. 23Anyone who does not listen to him will be completely cut off from among his people.'[b]

24"Indeed, all the prophets from Samuel on, as many as have spoken, have foretold these days. 25And 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.'[c] 26When God raised up his servant, he sent him first to you to bless you by turning each of you from your wicked ways."

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3 Responses to "GuateDevos - Acts 3"

  1. Invert Says:
  2. Jaima - I'm glad the man rejoiced for the Lord. For him to get healed meant a lot to that man having been paralyzed from birth!

    James - I'm glad that the man got to go to the temple and probably even got saved!

    Helen - This chapter reminds me of a song that my mom sang to us as kids... "Peter and John went to pray, they met a lame man on the way, .... In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth , rise up and Walk. He went walking and leaping and praising God, Walking and leaping and Praising God."

    Dale - It is cool to watch the videos after we have done them, and for God to use me to speak to me. My family gets to go for the first time and serve as missionaries in a foreign country. It is starting to sink in for them that God is going to use them. I pray that you are as excited about going as they are!
  3. Marks Says:
  4. Holla, so this time I didn't get more plane noise, but motion sickness from watching Dale get sloished around in the back seat. Acts 3 brought to the front the fact that someone had to bring this man everyday to the temple gate. And they have been doing it for 40 years. God knew the plan in this mans life and his desires(Psalm 37). But what my heart was drawn to was the people that conitnued to carry this man on a daily basis whether they had to or wanted to. We are to carry the Word out on a daily basis seeking for opportunities that would allow us to share. Do we beg for those opportunities like the crippled man or do we sit idling by the front temple gate waiting for someone to pass by only to be ignored?
  5. Invert Says:
  6. Good post Chris! A good challenge as well. Don't sit by the gate waiting to be ignored, go out and share the Word! Blessings bro!