1And on the same day Peter and John went up into the temple
at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour, [3 pm.].
2And a certain man, who was lame from his mother's womb,
was being carried. And they laid him daily at that temple gate which is called
Beautiful, to ask alms from those who entered into the temple.
3Seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, he
asked to receive alms.
4And fastening his eyes on him, Peter with John said, Look
5And he paid heed to them, expecting to receive something
6But Peter said, Silver and gold have I none, but what I
have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!
7And taking him by the right hand, he lifted him up. And
immediately his feet and ankle-bones received strength.
8And leaping up, he stood and walked and entered with them
into the temple, walking and leaping and praising God.
9And all the people saw him walking and praising God.
10And they recognized him, that it was him who sat for
alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple. And they were filled with wonder and
amazement at what had happened to him.
11And as the lame one who was healed held Peter and John,
all the people ran together to them in the porch that is called Solomon's, greatly
12And seeing this, Peter answered the people, Men,
Israelites, why do you marvel at this? Or why do you stare at us, as though we had
made this man to walk by our own power or holiness?
13The God of Abraham and of Isaac and of Jacob, the God
of our fathers, has glorified His son Jesus, whom you delivered up, denying Him in
the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to let Him go.
14But you denied the Holy and Just One and desired a
murderer to be given to you.
15And you killed the Prince of Life, whom God has raised
from the dead, of which we are witnesses.
16And His name, through faith in His name, has made this
man strong, this one whom you see and know, His name made firm. And the faith which
came through Him has given him this perfect soundness before you.
- Peter and John obviously had faith to perform this healing, for they
"took him by the right hand and lifted him up". However, faith was also present
with the man, for he gave them his attention and after his ankle bones received
strength, he leaped up, walked and began to praise God.
- Peter spoke; In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth,
rise up and walk!. There is power within the Word of God and in the name
of Jesus, however we need to speak forth that power. We need to be willing
participants and share the good news of the gospel with others and not be ashamed
of the Gospel. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of
Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believes;
to the Jew first, and also to the Greek,