The apostles and the first believers
attended the temple (the house of
God) to worship at the hours of
Peter and John seem to have been
led by a Divine appointment, to
work a miracle on a man about
forty years of age, who had been a
cripple from his birth.
Peter and John, in the power and
name of Jesus Christ, told the man to
rise up and walk.
Thus, if we would attempt to bring
good to the healing of men's souls, we
must go forth in the Name and power
of Jesus Christ, calling on helpless
sinners to arise out of sin and walk in
the way of holiness, by faith in Him.
Verses 1-3. The Church must reach to the
“Now Peter and John went up together to
the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth
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;
who, seeing Peter and John about to go
into the temple, asked for alms.”
This is why the Church must minister
to the whole person, body, soul, and
spirit. It must be certain that the
spiritual needs of people are
presented as the most important part.
If the Church gives only that which
meets the physical needs of men,
then it provides only a temporary
hope. In the long run, this still leaves
men without hope, and on a Christ
Verses 4-8. The Church must give what it has.
“And fixing his eyes on him, with John, Peter
said, “Look at us.”
So he gave them his attention, expecting to
receive something from them.
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.”
And he took him by the right hand and lifted
him up, and immediately his feet and ankle
bones received strength.
So he, leaping up, stood and walked and
entered the temple with them walking, leaping,
and praising God.”
A. The cry for help.
This beggar in Acts 3 was so
typical of his day and of humanity,
which is crippled in sin, just like
our day and generation. With his
twisted body and troubled soul, he
cries out for money believing this
is the need and solution of his
problems and life.
B. The ready response.
Peter and John are on their way
to the prayer meeting at the Temple.
In spite of their experiences of
Pentecost, they still felt the need for a
regular prayer time in the House of
Peter and John would probably never
have seen the beggar’s need if they
had not been at worship in the Lord’s
C. The need is meet.
Peter’s response is immediate;
“Such as I have I give to you.” He gives
what he had, and what the man truly
needed. He did not include any
money because he had none. He
says, “Silver and gold have I none.” So
he gives the man his healing and
support. The man was now no longer
a beggar, but able to work and
Verse 6, 11. The Church must meet
“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.”
Now as the lame man who was
healed held on to Peter and John, all
the people ran together to them in
the porch which is called
Solomon's, greatly amazed.”
A. The Healing.
Peter looks upon the crippled
man and challenges him to rise up
and walk “In the Name of Jesus.” He
later makes it clear to those standing
about that the man was healed
through faith in the name of Jesus in
verse 16. Peter wanted everyone to
know that the physical healing was
the evidence of a deeper, inner
spiritual healing, of forgiveness.
After this healing, Peter does not
call for all the cripples to be
healed, or form a healing line.
Instead he preaches to them the
Gospel of Salvation, emphasising
Christ’s redemption for our sins.
For the name of Jesus Christ of
Nazareth can make us truly whole!
Body, soul and spirit!
B. The Message.
The Church must never be
content to give only what
people want, but to give them
what people need.
Healing yes, but Salvation is the
true need in the lives of men
If the Church is to be the Body of
Christ on the earth, then those who
make up its membership must be
willing to pay the price of compassion
To reach out to the sick and needy.
But, more so, to make mindful that
the basic need of life is the
redemption of the whole man found
through faith in Christ Jesus the Lord.