Bible: Acts 3:1-4:31

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 1  for prayer, 2  at three o’clock in the afternoon. 3  3:2 And a man lame 4  from birth 5  was being carried up, who was placed at the temple gate called “the Beautiful Gate” every day 6  so he could beg for money 7  from those going into the temple courts. 8  3:3 When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple courts, 9  he asked them for money. 10  3:4 Peter looked directly 11  at him (as did John) and said, “Look at us! 3:5 So the lame man 12  paid attention to them, expecting to receive something from them. 3:6 But Peter said, “I have no silver or gold, 13  but what I do have I give you. In the name 14  of Jesus Christ 15  the Nazarene, stand up and 16  walk! 3:7 Then 17  Peter 18  took hold 19  of him by the right hand and raised him up, and at once the man’s 20  feet and ankles were made strong. 21  3:8 He 22  jumped up, 23  stood and began walking around, and he entered the temple courts 24  with them, walking and leaping and praising God. 3:9 All 25  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 26  at the Beautiful Gate of the temple, and they were filled with astonishment and amazement 27  at what had happened to him.

Peter Addresses the Crowd

3:11 While the man 28  was hanging on to Peter and John, all the people, completely astounded, ran together to them in the covered walkway 29  called Solomon’s Portico. 30  3:12 When Peter saw this, he declared to the people, “Men of Israel, 31  why are you amazed at this? Why 32  do you stare at us as if we had made this man 33  walk by our own power or piety? 3:13 The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, 34  the God of our forefathers, 35  has glorified 36  his servant 37  Jesus, whom you handed over and rejected 38  in the presence of Pilate after he had decided 39  to release him. 3:14 But you rejected 40  the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a man who was a murderer be released to you. 3:15 You killed 41  the Originator 42  of life, whom God raised 43  from the dead. To this fact we are witnesses! 44  3:16 And on the basis of faith in Jesus’ 45  name, 46  his very name has made this man – whom you see and know – strong. The 47  faith that is through Jesus 48  has given him this complete health in the presence 49  of you all. 3:17 And now, brothers, I know you acted in ignorance, 50  as your rulers did too. 3:18 But the things God foretold 51  long ago through 52  all the prophets – that his Christ 53  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 54  may come from the presence of the Lord, 55  and so that he may send the Messiah 56  appointed 57  for you – that is, Jesus. 3:21 This one 58  heaven must 59  receive until the time all things are restored, 60  which God declared 61  from times long ago 62  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 63  him in everything he tells you. 64  3:23 Every person 65  who does not obey that prophet will be destroyed and thus removed 66  from the people.’ 67  3:24 And all the prophets, from Samuel and those who followed him, have spoken about and announced 68  these days. 3:25 You are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant that God made with your ancestors, 69  saying to Abraham, ‘And in your descendants 70  all the nations 71  of the earth will be blessed.’ 72  3:26 God raised up 73  his servant and sent him first to you, to bless you by turning 74  each one of you from your iniquities.” 75 

The Arrest and Trial of Peter and John

4:1 While Peter and John 76  were speaking to the people, the priests and the commander 77  of the temple guard 78  and the Sadducees 79  came up 80  to them, 4:2 angry 81  because they were teaching the people and announcing 82  in Jesus the resurrection of the dead. 4:3 So 83  they seized 84  them and put them in jail 85  until the next day (for it was already evening). 4:4 But many of those who had listened to 86  the message 87  believed, and the number of the men 88  came to about five thousand.

4:5 On the next day, 89  their rulers, elders, and experts in the law 90  came together 91  in Jerusalem. 92  4:6 Annas the high priest was there, and Caiaphas, John, Alexander, and others who were members of the high priest’s family. 93  4:7 After 94  making Peter and John 95  stand in their midst, they began to inquire, “By what power or by what name 96  did you do this? 4:8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, 97  replied, 98 Rulers of the people and elders, 99  4:9 if 100  we are being examined 101  today for a good deed 102  done to a sick man – by what means this man was healed 103  4:10 let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ 104  the Nazarene whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, this man stands before you healthy. 4:11 This Jesus 105  is the stone that was rejected by you, 106  the builders, that has become the cornerstone. 107  4:12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among people 108  by which we must 109  be saved.”

4:13 When they saw the boldness 110  of Peter and John, and discovered 111  that they were uneducated 112  and ordinary 113  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. 114  4:15 But when they had ordered them to go outside the council, 115  they began to confer with one another, 4:16 saying, “What should we do with these men? For it is plain 116  to all who live in Jerusalem that a notable miraculous sign 117  has come about through them, 118  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 119  to anyone in this name.” 4:18 And they called them in and ordered 120  them not to speak or teach at all in the name 121  of Jesus. 4:19 But Peter and John replied, 122 Whether it is right before God to obey 123  you rather than God, you decide, 4:20 for it is impossible 124  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 125  God for what had happened. 4:22 For the man, on whom this miraculous sign 126  of healing had been performed, 127  was over forty years old.

The Followers of Jesus Pray for Boldness

4:23 When they were released, Peter and John 128  went to their fellow believers 129  and reported everything the high priests and the elders had said to them. 4:24 When they heard this, they raised their voices to God with one mind 130  and said, “Master of all, 131  you who made the heaven, the earth, 132  the sea, and everything that is in them, 4:25 who said by the Holy Spirit through 133  your servant David our forefather, 134 

Why do the nations 135  rage, 136 

and the peoples plot foolish 137  things?

4:26 The kings of the earth stood together, 138 

and the rulers assembled together,

against the Lord and against his 139  Christ.’ 140 

4:27For indeed both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, assembled together in this city against 141  your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, 142  4:28 to do as much as your power 143  and your plan 144  had decided beforehand 145  would happen. 4:29 And now, Lord, pay attention to 146  their threats, and grant 147  to your servants 148  to speak your message 149  with great courage, 150  4:30 while you extend your hand to heal, and to bring about miraculous signs 151  and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” 4:31 When 152  they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken, 153  and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak 154  the word of God 155  courageously. 156 

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