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Acts 3

 

 1 Now (1) Peter and John went up together into the Temple, at the (*) ninth hour of prayer.

 

(1) Christ in healing a man that was born lame, and well known to all men, both in place and time very famous, by the hands of his Apostles, doeth partly confirm them which believed, and partly also calleth others to believe.

(*) Which is with us, three oíclock afternoon, which was their evening sacrifice, at which the Apostles were present to teach, that the shadows of the Law were abolished by that lamb that took away the sin of the world.

 

 2 And a certain man which was a cripple from his motherís womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the Temple called Beautiful, to ask (*) alms of them that entered into the Temple.

 

(*) Because his disease was incurable, he gave himself to live of alms.

 

 3 Who seeing Peter and John, that they would enter into the Temple, desired to receive an alms.

 

 4 And Peter earnestly beholding him with John, said, Look on us.

 

 5 And he (a) gave heed unto them, trusting to receive something of them.

 

(a) Both with heart and eyes.

 

 6 Then said Peter, Silver and gold have I none, but such as I (*) have, that give I thee; In the (♣) Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.

 

(*) He had the gift of healing sicknesses.

(♣) In the virtue of Jesus; for Christ was the author of this miracle, and Peter was the minister.

 

 7 And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.

 

 8 And he leaped up, stood, and walked, and entered with them into the Temple, walking and leaping, and praising God.

 

 9 And all the people saw him walk, and praising God.

 

 10 And they knew him, that it was he which sat for the alms at the Beautiful gate of the Temple, and they were amazed, and sore astonied at that which was come unto him.

 

 11  ∂ And as the cripple which was healed, (b) held Peter and John, all the people ran amazed unto them in the porch which is called Solomonís.

 

(b) Either because he loved them, who had healed him; or because he feared that if he once let them go out of his sight, he should be lame again.

 

 12  (2) So when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? Or why look ye so steadfastly on us, as though by our own (*) power or godliness, we had made this man go?

 

(2) Miracles are appointed to convince the unbelievers, and therefore they do wickedly abuse them, who standeth amazed either at the miracles themselves, or at the instruments and means which it pleaseth God to use, take an occasion to establish idolatry and superstition by that, which God hath provided for the knowledge of his true worship, that is, Christianity.

(*) He correcteth the abuse of men who attribute that to manís holiness, which only appertaineth to God.

 

 13 The God of Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, the (*) God of our fathers hath glorified his Son Jesus, whom ye betrayed, and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he had judged him to be delivered.

 

(*) Acts 5:30 .

 

 14  (*) But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a (♣) murderer to be given you,

 

(*) Matthew 27:20; Mark 15:11; Luke 23:18; John 18:40 .

(♣) To wit, Barabbas.

 

 15 And killed the Lord (c) of life, whom God hath raised from the dead, whereof we are witnesses.

 

(c) Who hath life in himself, and giveth life to others.

 

 16 And his (♣) Name hath made this man sound, whom ye see and know, through faith in (*) his (♠) Name; (d) and the faith which is by him, hath given to him this perfect health of his whole body in the presence of you all.

 

(♣) To wit, Godís Name; whereby it appeareth that they did strive against God.

(*) 1 Peter 1:21 .

(♠) Or, in Christ.

(d) Because he believed on him being raised from the dead, whose Name he heard of by us.   

 

 17  (3) And now brethren, I know that through (*) ignorance ye did it, as did also your (♣) governors.

 

(3) It is best of all to receive Christ as soon as he is offered unto us; but such as have neglected so great a benefit through man's weakness, have yet repentance for a mean. As for the ignominy of the cross, we have to set against that, the decree and purpose of God, foretold by the Prophets of Christ, how that first of all he should be crucified here upon earth, and then he shouldest appear from heaven the judge and restorer of all things, that all believers might be saved, and all unbelievers utterly perish.

(*) He doeth not excuse their malice, but because that ignorance and a blind zeal led many, he putteth them in hope of salvation.

(♣) He meaneth some, and not all.

 

 18 But those things, which God before had shewed (e) by the mouth of all his Prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath thus fulfilled.

 

(e) Though there were many Prophets, yet he speaketh but of one mouth, to shew unto us the consent and agreement of the Prophets.

 

 19 Amend your lives therefore, and turn, that your sins may be put away, when the time of refreshing (*) shall come from the presence of the Lord.

 

(*) When Jesus shall come to judge the world, ye shall know that he will be your redeemer and not your judge.

 

 20 And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you,

 

 21  (f) Whom the heaven must (*) contain until the time that all things (♣) be restored, which God had spoken by the mouth of all his holy Prophets since the world began.

 

(f) Or, be taken up into heaven.

(*) We therefore believe constantly, that he is in none other place.

(♣) Which is begun and containeth; but the full accomplishment and perfection is differed to the last day.

 

 22  (*) For Moses said unto the Fathers, The Lord your God shall raise up unto you (g) a Prophet, even of your (♣) brethren, like unto me; ye shall hear him in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you.

 

(*) Deuteronomy 18:15; Acts 7:37 .

(g) This promise was of an excellent and singular Prophet.

(♣) Of the stock of Abraham.

 

 23 For it shall be that every person which shall not hear that Prophet, shall be destroyed out of the people.

 

 24 Also all the Prophets (h) from Samuel, and thenceforth as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days.

 

(h) At what time the kingdom of Israel was established.

 

 25  (4) Ye are the (i) (♣) children of the Prophets, and of the covenant, which God hath made unto our fathers, saying to Abraham, (*) Even in thy seed shall all the (♠) kindreds of the earth be (♦) blessed.

 

(4) The Jews that believe are the first begotten in the kingdom of God.
(i) For whom the Prophets were specially appointed.

(♣) Because they came of the same nation, and therefore were heirs of the same promise which appertained to the whole body of the people.

(*) Genesis 12:3; Galatians 3:8 .

(♠) Both Jew and Gentile.

(♦) None are blessed but in Christ.

 

 26 First unto you hath God (k) raised up his Son Jesus, and him he hath sent to bless you, in (*) turning every one of you from your iniquities.

 

(k) Given to the world, or raised from the dead, and advanced to his kingdom.

(*) So that our regeneration and newness of life is enclosed under this blessing.

 

 

 

Steve

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