Acts 3* A lame man healed by Peter and John. (1-11) Peter's address tothe Jews. (12-26)1-11 The apostles and the first believers attended the templeworship at the hours of prayer. Peter and John seem to have beenled by a Divine direction, to work a miracle on a man aboveforty years old, who had been a cripple from his birth. Peter,in the name of Jesus of Nazareth, bade him rise up and walk.Thus, if we would attempt to good purpose the healing of men'ssouls, we must go forth in the name and power of Jesus Christ,calling on helpless sinners to arise and walk in the way ofholiness, by faith in Him. How sweet the thought to our souls,that in respect to all the crippled faculties of our fallennature, 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! 12-18 Observe the difference in the manner of working themiracles. Our Lord always spoke as having Almighty power, neverhesitated to receive the greatest honour that was given to himon account of his Divine miracles. But the apostles referred allto their Lord, and refused to receive any honour, except as hisundeserving instruments. This shows that Jesus was one with theFather, and co-equal with Him; while the apostles knew that theywere weak, sinful men, and dependent for every thing on Jesus,whose power effected the cure. Useful men must be very humble.Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but to thy name, give glory.Every crown must be cast at the feet of Christ. The apostleshowed the Jews the greatness of their crime, but would notanger or drive them to despair. Assuredly, those who reject,refuse, or deny Christ, do it through ignorance; but this can inno case be an excuse. 19-21 The absolute necessity of repentance is to be solemnlycharged upon the consciences of all who desire that their sinsmay be blotted out, and that they may share in the refreshmentwhich nothing but a sense of Christ's pardoning love can afford.Blessed are those who have felt this. It was not needful for theHoly Spirit to make known the times and seasons of thesedispensations. These subjects are still left obscure. But whensinners are convinced of their sins, they will cry to the Lordfor pardon; and to the penitent, converted, and believing, timesof refreshment will come from the presence of the Lord. In astate of trial and probation, the glorified Redeemer will be outof sight, because we must live by faith in him. 22-26 Here is a powerful address to warn the Jews of thedreadful consequences of their unbelief, in the very words ofMoses, their favourite prophet, out of pretended zeal for whomthey were ready to reject Christianity, and to try to destroyit. Christ came into the world to bring a blessing with him. Andhe sent his Spirit to be the great blessing. Christ came tobless us, by turning us from our iniquities, and saving us fromour sins. We, by nature cleave to sin; the design of Divinegrace is to turn us from it, that we may not only forsake, buthate it. Let none think that they can be happy by continuing insin, when God declares that the blessing is in being turned fromall iniquity. Let none think that they understand or believe thegospel, who only seek deliverance from the punishment of sin,but do not expect happiness in being delivered from sin itself.And let none expect to be turned from their sin, except bybelieving in, and receiving Christ the Son of God, as theirwisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption.
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