Monday, April 20, 2009

Acts Journal #3

Acts 3

Observation/Revelation + Interpretation:

v1. They follow a schedule of prayer, joining in with other Jews at the temple. They have a discipline of prayer, and are connected to the Jewish community... they do not see themselves as starting a new religion, but as we will see in Stephen's speech in chapter 7, they see themselves as the faithful ones among Israel, those who responded rightly to the hour of visitation.

v2-11 Here we see the prophetic (notice Peter fixing his eyes on him in verse 4), healing (v6-7), and evangelism (v6), all working together.

v12 He does not claim it in his own authority, and actually rebukes them for being greatly amazed and holding on to him.

v13 He starts off by connecting Jesus with the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, after he had just referred to them as Men of Israel, and then ties them to his crucifixion. IN ONE VERSE.

v16 He connects the healing of this man to the name of Jesus and faith in the name.

v19 He pulls out the R-word, and the C-word. Repent, Convert! Bold words to Jews in the temple who consider themselves righteous. He has just proven their guilt crucifying the Servant of God, but offers them a blotting out of their sins, and actual entrance into the presence of the Lord.

v20-21 If/When they respond, God will send Jesus back, which will occur along with the restoration of all things. Remember Peter is speaking to a crowd which includes the priests and the Sadducees, the rulers of Jerusalem, of whom Jesus said, "You will not see me again until you say, 'Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord,'" (Matthew 23:39).

v22-23 Fearless. "Every soul who will not hear that Prophet shal be utterly destroyed from among the people." Brutal, especially to these Jews who love the law of Moses.

v24-25 Peter makes a clear path for them to respond, by tying them into the lineage of the prophets, and the covenant of God to Abraham.

v26 They have the seat of privelage, of being the first to be blessed by the opportunity of repentance.

Application:

Apostolic Qualities:

  1. Prayer
  2. Prophetic
  3. Healing
  4. Humility as a Vessel
  5. Accurate Witness of Jesus Christ
  6. Connected to OT Covenant and Prophesies of Israel and Humanity
  7. Connected to Eschatological Prophesies of Israel and Humanity
  8. Personal Application to Audience with Distinct Call to "Repent, or Else."

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