Acts

Acts 3:11-26 The Promised Seed Of The Covenant Of Grace.

We read that, “the lame man who was healed held on to Peter and John” (v. 11). No doubt the man was grateful to these apostles, that through them he found healing from the Lord. It is also true that they helped him as he rose believing the word spoken to him (v. 7). However, it was now time for the man to stand on his own. It was also time for the people, who were all amazed, to reflect on the one in whose name this man had been healed. Peter had to make clear to the man and the people, that it was not through their own power or godliness that this man had been healed (v. 12). Peter also made clear that the message they were preaching was in direct fulfillment of what was spoken before to the fathers, and that this same God was the one who “glorified His servant Jesus,” whom they had “delivered up and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let Him go” (vv. 13, 18 Cf. I Pet. 1:10).

In denying Jesus’ release and asking for a murderer instead, they became murderers themselves. However, Peter and the other apostles were witnesses not only of this death, but they also witnessed His resurrection (vv. 14-15). This was their point, that it was through the name of the risen Lord that this lame man had been healed (v. 16a). It was God who raised Jesus from death, and through His name made the lame to walk. We should also note that Peter taught that the faith that the man had was also a gift from God. “Yes, the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all” (v. 16b). Yet, Peter acknowledges that they and their rulers acted in ignorance, so God in His mercy was giving them an opportunity for repentance (v. 17 Cf. Lk. 23:34). It is this repentance and faith which always accompanies conversion, and knowing that one’s sins are forgiven them (v. 19a Cf. 2:38; 26:20).

Times of refreshing come when there is faith, repentance, and the blotting out of one’s sins (v. 19b). Peter also made clear, according to promises dating back to Moses and the time the world began, that Jesus would return when there would be “the times of restoration of all things” (vv. 20-21 Cf. 1:11). Jesus is that prophet promised long ago (vv. 22-23 Cf. Dt. 18:15, 18-19). All the prophets who followed Moses also spoke of this One (v. 24 Cf. Lk. 24:25-26). He is also the promise of the covenant of grace fulfilled, that through the seed of Abraham, who was first promised after the fall (Cf. Gen. 3:15), “all the families of the earth shall be blessed” (v. 25 Cf. Gen. 12:3; 18:18; 22:18; 26:4; 28:14; Rom. 9:4, 8). In the plan and providence of God, it was to the Jews first that this gospel message came, but it would eventually spread through the whole earth (v. 26 Cf. Rom. 1:16; 2:9). Jesus has been sent to bless, turning His people from their sins (Cf. Mt. 1:21).

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