Peter Heals a Crippled Beggar
3:1Now Peter and John were going up into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.3:2And a certain man that was lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the door of the temple which is called Beautiful,1 to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; 3:3who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked to receive an alms. 3:4And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him, with John, said, Look on us.2 3:5And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something from them. 3:6But Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but what I have, that give I thee. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk. 3:7And he took him by the right hand, and raised him up: and immediately his feet and his ankle-bones received strength. 3:8And leaping up, he stood, and began to walk; and he entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God. 3:9And all the people saw him walking and praising God: 3:10and they took knowledge of him, that it was he that sat for alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him.
- In this lesson what symbol of spiritual understanding is found? The "door of the temple which is called Beautiful" symbolized spiritual understanding
- What is the meaning of the Scripture passage, "And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him, with John, said, Look on us"? Peter symbolizes faith and John symbolizes love. The command really means: Look on faith and love. Faith is Spirit, and is always at hand; love is the very substance of being. We "look upon" them by concentrating our minds upon these essentials of the spiritual man.
Peter Preaches in Solomon's Portico
3:11And as he held Peter and John, all the people ran together unto them in the porch that is called Solomon's, greatly wondering. 3:12And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this man? or why fasten ye your eyes on us, as though by our own power or godliness we had made him to walk? 3:13The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Servant Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied before the face of Pilate, when he had determined to release him. 3:14But ye denied the Holy and Righteous One, and asked for a murderer to be granted unto you, 3:15and killed the Prince of life; whom God raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses. 3:16And by faith in his name hath his name made this man strong, whom ye behold and know: yea, the faith which is through him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.
3:17And now, brethren, I know that in ignorance ye did it, as did also your rulers. 3:18But the things which God foreshowed by the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ should suffer, he thus fulfilled. 3:19Repent ye therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, that so there may come seasons of refreshing from the presence of the Lord; 3:20and that he may send the Christ who hath been appointed for you, even Jesus: 3:21whom the heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, whereof God spake by the mouth of His holy prophets that have been from of old. 3:22Moses indeed said, A prophet shall the Lord God raise up unto you from among your brethren, like unto me. To him shall ye hearken in all things whatsoever he shall speak unto you. 3:23And it shall be, that every soul that shall not hearken to that prophet, shall be utterly destroyed from among the people. 3:24Yea and all the prophets from Samuel and them that followed after, as many as have spoken, they also told of these days. 3:25Ye are the sons of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with your fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed. 3:26Unto you first God, having raised up his Servant, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from your iniquities.
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