Acts 3:1-10, “6 Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk”
Yesterday I concluded with “for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure”, Philippians 2:13. I shared that We need the power of the Holy Ghost to keep us humble and empower us to do His work.
Now we come to the book of Acts and we see Peter full of the Holy Ghost and power living and demonstrating the exceeding greatness of God’s power in himself as a follower of Jesus Christ. He is aware of the fact that “…we have this treasure (gospel power) in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.” 2 Corinthians 4:7 and he knew that if anything is to happen, it will be done by God through Christ by the power of the Holy Ghost for His glory through unworthy life. We will see how that unfolds.
Peter and John among others had been going to the temple to pray many times. And we are told in vs. 2, “And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms from those who entered the temple”. I don’t believe this was the first time they saw him, perhaps they had also given him alms before. It’s not recorded if anyone ever invited him into the temple even willing to assist him.
Though he was lame from birth, people had given him temporal things, things to fill his own life but no one ever gave him what he desperately needed, to be made whole. Silver and gold is what he asked for but what he desperately needed was not natural but supernatural. Natural is what men produces, supernatural is what God produces. Natural is what people did, brought him to at the gate of the temple, gave him alms.
We are no different, we’ve given the world everything (alms) but Jesus. we give advice, we give assistance, we lend, we offer to bring our loved ones and friends food, do their laundry, fix their cars, clean their drive way, give people a ride, assist them at work etc but we’ve failed many times to give them Jesus. This is like giving alms and nothing else.
The lame man vs. 3-6, “3 … seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked for alms. 4 And fixing his eyes on him, with John, Peter said, “Look at us.” 5 So he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. 6 Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” Peter said look on us and expected alms, only to hear something different. Instead of silver and gold which he had none, he gave him Jesus.
In the name of Jesus Christ. Christ worked his miracles in no one’s name. The power was his own, but with the apostles all things were done in Christ’s name, and the power ascribed to him. Though Peter was full of the Holy Ghost, he proclaimed the name of Christ because the Holy Ghost was sent to glorify Christ. He empowers us to do God’s work of glorifying Christ. Also Peter did not tell him to rise and walk alone, he adds the most important name In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth to show the exceeding greatness of His power to make one whole.
If we would attempt to do good, the purpose of healing men’s souls must be on top of our list. We must go forth in the name and power of Jesus Christ, calling on helpless sinners to arise and walk in the way of holiness, by faith in Him. How sweet the thought to our souls, that in respect to all the crippled faculties of our fallen nature, the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth can make us whole! With what holy joy and rapture shall we tread the holy courts, when God the Spirit causes us to enter therein by his strength.
We’ve given alms and we should continue, but can we give our family members who are not saved, friends, workmates what they desperately need, Jesus? It begins by knowing “…the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power”, Ephesians 1:19, Blessings Ev
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