Bible: Acts 2:42-4:22
The Fellowship of the Early Believers
2:42 They were devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, 1 to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 2 2:43 Reverential awe 3 came over everyone, 4 and many wonders and miraculous signs 5 came about by the apostles. 2:44 All who believed were together and held 6 everything in common, 2:45 and they began selling 7 their property 8 and possessions and distributing the proceeds 9 to everyone, as anyone had need. 2:46 Every day 10 they continued to gather together by common consent in the temple courts, 11 breaking bread from 12 house to house, sharing their food with glad 13 and humble hearts, 14 2:47 praising God and having the good will 15 of all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number every day 16 those who were being saved.
Peter and John Heal a Lame Man at the Temple
3:1 Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time 17 for prayer, 18 at three o’clock in the afternoon. 19 3:2 And a man lame 20 from birth 21 was being carried up, who was placed at the temple gate called “the Beautiful Gate” every day 22 so he could beg for money 23 from those going into the temple courts. 24 3:3 When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple courts, 25 he asked them for money. 26 3:4 Peter looked directly 27 at him (as did John) and said, “Look at us!” 3:5 So the lame man 28 paid attention to them, expecting to receive something from them. 3:6 But Peter said, “I have no silver or gold, 29 but what I do have I give you. In the name 30 of Jesus Christ 31 the Nazarene, stand up and 32 walk!” 3:7 Then 33 Peter 34 took hold 35 of him by the right hand and raised him up, and at once the man’s 36 feet and ankles were made strong. 37 3:8 He 38 jumped up, 39 stood and began walking around, and he entered the temple courts 40 with them, walking and leaping and praising God. 3:9 All 41 the people saw him walking and praising God, 3:10 and they recognized him as the man who used to sit and ask for donations 42 at the Beautiful Gate of the temple, and they were filled with astonishment and amazement 43 at what had happened to him.
Peter Addresses the Crowd
3:11 While the man 44 was hanging on to Peter and John, all the people, completely astounded, ran together to them in the covered walkway 45 called Solomon’s Portico. 46 3:12 When Peter saw this, he declared to the people, “Men of Israel, 47 why are you amazed at this? Why 48 do you stare at us as if we had made this man 49 walk by our own power or piety? 3:13 The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, 50 the God of our forefathers, 51 has glorified 52 his servant 53 Jesus, whom you handed over and rejected 54 in the presence of Pilate after he had decided 55 to release him. 3:14 But you rejected 56 the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a man who was a murderer be released to you. 3:15 You killed 57 the Originator 58 of life, whom God raised 59 from the dead. To this fact we are witnesses! 60 3:16 And on the basis of faith in Jesus’ 61 name, 62 his very name has made this man – whom you see and know – strong. The 63 faith that is through Jesus 64 has given him this complete health in the presence 65 of you all. 3:17 And now, brothers, I know you acted in ignorance, 66 as your rulers did too. 3:18 But the things God foretold 67 long ago through 68 all the prophets – that his Christ 69 would suffer – he has fulfilled in this way. 3:19 Therefore repent and turn back so that your sins may be wiped out, 3:20 so that times of refreshing 70 may come from the presence of the Lord, 71 and so that he may send the Messiah 72 appointed 73 for you – that is, Jesus. 3:21 This one 74 heaven must 75 receive until the time all things are restored, 76 which God declared 77 from times long ago 78 through his holy prophets. 3:22 Moses said, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your brothers. You must obey 79 him in everything he tells you. 80 3:23 Every person 81 who does not obey that prophet will be destroyed and thus removed 82 from the people.’ 83 3:24 And all the prophets, from Samuel and those who followed him, have spoken about and announced 84 these days. 3:25 You are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant that God made with your ancestors, 85 saying to Abraham, ‘And in your descendants 86 all the nations 87 of the earth will be blessed.’ 88 3:26 God raised up 89 his servant and sent him first to you, to bless you by turning 90 each one of you from your iniquities.” 91
The Arrest and Trial of Peter and John
4:1 While Peter and John 92 were speaking to the people, the priests and the commander 93 of the temple guard 94 and the Sadducees 95 came up 96 to them, 4:2 angry 97 because they were teaching the people and announcing 98 in Jesus the resurrection of the dead. 4:3 So 99 they seized 100 them and put them in jail 101 until the next day (for it was already evening). 4:4 But many of those who had listened to 102 the message 103 believed, and the number of the men 104 came to about five thousand.
4:5 On the next day, 105 their rulers, elders, and experts in the law 106 came together 107 in Jerusalem. 108 4:6 Annas the high priest was there, and Caiaphas, John, Alexander, and others who were members of the high priest’s family. 109 4:7 After 110 making Peter and John 111 stand in their midst, they began to inquire, “By what power or by what name 112 did you do this?” 4:8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, 113 replied, 114 “Rulers of the people and elders, 115 4:9 if 116 we are being examined 117 today for a good deed 118 done to a sick man – by what means this man was healed 119 – 4:10 let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ 120 the Nazarene whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, this man stands before you healthy. 4:11 This Jesus 121 is the stone that was rejected by you, 122 the builders, that has become the cornerstone. 123 4:12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among people 124 by which we must 125 be saved.”
4:13 When they saw the boldness 126 of Peter and John, and discovered 127 that they were uneducated 128 and ordinary 129 men, they were amazed and recognized these men had been with Jesus. 4:14 And because they saw the man who had been healed standing with them, they had nothing to say against this. 130 4:15 But when they had ordered them to go outside the council, 131 they began to confer with one another, 4:16 saying, “What should we do with these men? For it is plain 132 to all who live in Jerusalem that a notable miraculous sign 133 has come about through them, 134 and we cannot deny it. 4:17 But to keep this matter from spreading any further among the people, let us warn them to speak no more 135 to anyone in this name.” 4:18 And they called them in and ordered 136 them not to speak or teach at all in the name 137 of Jesus. 4:19 But Peter and John replied, 138 “Whether it is right before God to obey 139 you rather than God, you decide, 4:20 for it is impossible 140 for us not to speak about what we have seen and heard.” 4:21 After threatening them further, they released them, for they could not find how to punish them on account of the people, because they were all praising 141 God for what had happened. 4:22 For the man, on whom this miraculous sign 142 of healing had been performed, 143 was over forty years old.