Bible: Acts 3-4
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
and the peoples plot foolish 137 things?
4:26 The kings of the earth stood together, 138
and the rulers assembled together,
4:27 “For 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
Conditions Among the Early Believers
4:32 The group of those who believed were of one heart and mind, 157 and no one said that any of his possessions was his own, but everything was held in common. 158 4:33 With 159 great power the apostles were giving testimony 160 to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was on them all. 4:34 For there was no one needy 161 among them, because those who were owners of land or houses were selling 162 them 163 and bringing the proceeds from the sales 4:35 and placing them at the apostles’ feet. The proceeds 164 were distributed to each, as anyone had need. 4:36 So Joseph, a Levite who was a native of Cyprus, called by the apostles Barnabas (which is translated “son of encouragement”), 165 4:37 sold 166 a field 167 that belonged to him and brought the money 168 and placed it at the apostles’ feet.