Bible: Acts 2:42-4:22

The Fellowship of the Early Believers

2:42 They were devoting themselves to the apostlesteaching 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.

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