The Book of Acts records the missional work of God in various cities in the Roman Empire. Acts 3 is the story of a healing, the people praising God, and Peter’s clarification of what God is doing. As we read the Book of Acts in search of missional theology, we are reading The Acts of the Apostles (Abingdon New Testament Commentaries)
as our guide.
Postmoderns and traditional Christians stand (or leap) together one this one: God’s acts or events require God’s interpretation. Event and Word belong together. The event — healing — is now clarified by Peter in Word.
First point made by Peter is found in 3:11-16:
While the beggar held
on to Peter and John, all the people were astonished and came running
to them in the place called Solomon’s Colonnade. When
Peter saw this, he said to them: “Men of Israel, why does this surprise
you? Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had
made this man walk? The
God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified
his servant Jesus. You handed him over to be killed, and you disowned
him before Pilate, though he had decided to let him go. You disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you. You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this. By
faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made
strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has
given this complete healing to him, as you can all see.
1. The power is not from the people but from God.
2. Amazingly, Peter anchors this healing in the life, rejection-death of Jesus, and in his resurrection. The power at work, the witness from Solomon’s Porch, is about the saving work of God through Jesus Christ.
3. The heart of Peter’s message is the actual resurrection of Jesus Christ. The dead body came back to life.
4. Jesus is the Author of Life, and it is the Author of Life at work that brings life into the limbs of the crippled man.
5. Jesus’ name and faith in Jesus’ name brings on the power of God.