Day 3

Christ Gives Peter Power to Heal

from the reading plan

Acts 3:1-26, 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, Deuteronomy 18:15-19

I have a tough time with some televangelists. It’s not so much that they’re on TV, but when their message sounds more like crowdsourcing, I get a little uneasy. Recently, one such leader garnered a great deal of attention because he said he believed God was calling him to raise sixty-five million dollars for a private jet. This is not a joke. This really happened.

While there are pastors and teachers using television as a positive medium, it’s difficult to think that a sixty-five million dollar jet (for example) was being explicitly purchased to further the glory of God.

What a contrast this draws to the very real healing and teaching ministry of Peter and John that we see in Acts 3. They were incredibly clear about their allegiance to God and the message He had given them. They healed not to gain attention or power, but because it was an imitation of the work of Christ.

Peter exclaimed to the lame man: “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!” (Acts 3:6). Not in Peter’s name, not in John’s name, but in Jesus’ name. That distinction is crucial.

As would probably happen today, a large crowd gathered around Peter and John in the wake of the miraculous healing. Again, we witness the apostles paying tribute to the plans and power of God. Peter proclaimed: “Men of Israel, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we have made him walk? The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified His servant Jesus, whom you delivered over and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release Him” (Acts 3:13).

The “whys” and “hows” of physical healing and restoration are still a mystery to me, but what is clear is that Peter and John could not have brought healing apart from the power of God. Their mission had a distinct emphasis on making the name of Jesus great among the nations.

Peter and John didn’t pull any punches about this mission when addressing the crowd. Instead of leveraging their moment in the spotlight for their own glory and gain, they actually risked quite a bit when they told the people that the very power which healed the lame man also was condemning the people for their lack of repentance.

No jets here, folks. In fact, I imagine Peter and John didn’t receive much of a love offering in exchange for their encouraging message.

So, what’s the point?

The sixty-five million dollar speck in our neighbor’s eye is often easier to see than the plank in our own. For you and me, the temptation to glorify our own names might be wrapped in seemingly benign packaging.

When we invest in our family life or career, it’s easy to pay lip service to God. But all good things can become ways we seek to inflate our reputations and perceived importance. However, with the right posture, these relationships and actions can also work to give credit where credit is due. They can point back to God, the Giver of all good gifts.

To have the most meaningful impact, we have to worry about our success and influence less and less, and the gospel more and more.

If we are really committed to the work of following Jesus, it looks and feels like picking up our crosses and following Him. We get to participate in the resurrection, to be sure, but to get there we too have to die to ourselves, our desires, and our need to make our own kingdom great. For Christ to increase, we must decrease (John 3:30).

Written By Andrew Stoddard

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62 thoughts on "Christ Gives Peter Power to Heal"

  1. Dan says:

    God wants to use us to accomplish what he has set in motion. God just as easily could have given the lame beggar a vision to go with a miraculous healing. But he didn’t. He used Peter to help set an example of obedience that we should follow.

  2. Dan says:

    Man is drawn toward what he doesn’t understand. People gathered around Peter after seeing something unbelievable and Peter used that opportunity to remind them of the Truth.

  3. Dan says:

    The Gospel brings joy. The beggar knew that it was the power of God that healed him. He began to walk and jump around. It also gave him courage to walk into the temple.

  4. Dan says:

    Peter and John freely gave the most important thing they had. They didn’t have money but they did have the power of the Holy Spirit. I want to follow their example.

  5. Dan says:

    Father teach me to give as you have given me. Show me opportunities where I can point people to you. Let me make the most of the time you have given me. Thank you for loving me so well.

  6. dalehorse says:

    Adoration and gratitude. Live for His glory and throw my own selfishness away.

  7. dalehorse says:

    My job is to bring God glory and praise. I am dust.

  8. dalehorse says:

    He is omnipotent. He must be glorified and praised because He is worthy.

  9. dalehorse says:

    It is ultimately for the glory of God – the glory of His Goodness.

  10. dalehorse says:

    God, thank you for your blessings and the ability and sufficiency to be your vessel. Help me to get out of the way and to bring honor and glory to your name constantly.

  11. Nick says:

    His power changes more than limbs, it changes hearts. God’s movement reveals the character of our heart.
    God alone knows the difference between genuine and perceived faith.

  12. Nick says:

    By allowing my daily life to be ruled by the King. I literally have nothing to be anxious about, so I will respond by choosing Jesus and growing as I go.

  13. Nick says:

    The character of our heart comes out verbally, with our words;
    nonverbally, with our expression.
    The closer we are to knowing Jesus, the more our hearts will reveal kindness, joy, repentance, compassion, gratitude, and hope.

  14. Nick says:

    There are no grand prerequisites to having faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
    Just two simple things:
    1) Hear it
    2) Believe it

    We can take all our questions, comments, concerns, worries, and doubts to Him! Through reading His word, praying, and doing life with fellow believers.

  15. Nick says:

    Lord, give me your strength to overcome the truthfully, exhaustingly difficult “mundane” tasks each day.
    (emphasis added)
    Your name will be lifted up through, of that I need not fear.

  16. Thom says:

    He is a God of people. Not only did he heal that man but he used Peter and John to do it. He filled Peter and John with his strength so that his work could be done.

  17. Thom says:

    The gospel travels through us. Good news is spread by what we do and what we say, we need to be careful that we don’t have a different motive.

  18. Thom says:

    We have the desire for glory and self preservation, and that needs to be suppressed to do the work of God.

  19. Mark says:

    That God can heal.

    That God still wants to work in our lives even when we’ve denied him in the past.

  20. Mark says:

    That the gospel is for everyone.

    That the gospel is full of mercy.

    That Jesus stands at the door and knocks and knocks.

  21. Mark says:

    That man is quick to judge.

    That man rather believe a lie.

    That man rather point the finger than seek God for discernment.

  22. Mark says:

    I will have faith.

    It’s my job to believe and seek Him for wisdom.

  23. Mark says:

    God forgive me unbelief.

    Use me the way you used the apostles.

  24. Matthew Altman says:

    This show’s that god’s motivation in healing is primarily missional in praxis. While Peter and John certainly had compassion on the man who was hurting, God healing this man was a way by which His gospel would go forth in the form of a jumping lame man.

  25. Matthew Altman says:

    The lame man only could see his need right then, he needed money to feed himself and he was begging where he thought men would be most generous. Moreover he had become used to being an invisible part of the scenery, he was not not even looking those he begged from in the eyes in order not to offend.
    I think this picture of a lame man, broken and alone unwilling to even meet someone’s gaze willingly is a good picture of our own brokenness! Our own need of genuine spiritual healing, we want balms and ointments that will treat the symptoms of our brokenness but Christ is offering to remake us today lord let me be willing to be transformed, let me look to you and abide in the grace you have shown me!

  26. Matthew Altman says:

    I will repent of seeking treatments for my brokenness and I will look to You to be healed!

  27. Matthew Altman says:

    God saves, not man and he does so for His Glory

  28. Matthew Altman says:

    Lord I pray you would bring genuine, enduring spiritual healing to my heart that is not steeped in changed behavior but if born out of a transformed heart. Lord break me down as you see fit and remake me as you see fit.

  29. Daniel Perry says:

    Our natural inclination is to make ourselves look good. To have people see and know us. Not the God who works through us.

  30. Daniel Perry says:

    Make sure that people don’t see what I am doing for God but what God is doing in me.

  31. Daniel Perry says:

    That the Gospel is powerful. It carries power because it is about Jesus. Who gives authority and power to those he calls to preach his gospel.

  32. Daniel Perry says:

    God will be glorified! God empowers those who humble themselves. Those that are seeking His glory not there own.

  33. Daniel Perry says:

    To be humble.

  34. Isaac Jones says:

    The name of Jesus has power for those who believe. This power is not garnered not “harnessed” rather by right faith God himself moves His power on behalf of people. Our role is to understand His will so well that we can have right faith in it and command things in accordance with that will and it will be done. God has revealed His word and brought about His gospel for us.

  35. Isaac Jones says:

    The gospel is trustworthy and try as we see from the historical evidence.

  36. Isaac Jones says:

    Man has no real inherit power in himself. All of man’s power comes from a God for the purposes of God.

  37. Isaac Jones says:

    I will seek the obedience of faith, see God move, and worship the loving God and Father.

  38. Isaac Jones says:

    Hank you Lord for your gospel. Teach me your faith and obedience. Teach me wisdom and please forgive my sins. Lead me on right paths for the glory of your name. Amen.

  39. Enoch says:

    God, forgive me for the times I took the glory; it is all Yours. May I find ways to celebrate Your goodness to others so they can know your perfect truth, even if it’s not convenient.

  40. Nick Vemoa says:

    I will point all glory back to God, knowing that in him I can do all things, even though I know some of them will be impossible for me to try and do in my own strength.

  41. Nick Vemoa says:

    The only way we can really glorify God is by giving our own glory up and pointing back to him. God used and continues to use ‘normal’ people (not sure anyone is actually normal) to change the world, people who knew it was impossible gave up their own glory and when they did God really used them to do amazing things!

  42. Nick Vemoa says:

    The gospels recount a very real account of the beginning of people realising that this man whom they killed was actually the son of God and the Messiah. The focus in this passage is more about how we are called to act and as it doesn’t dwell on the reaction of the crowd to the words of Peter.

  43. Nick Vemoa says:

    We spend far too much of our time and energy trying to seek out our own glory, often times wrapping up in a way where it looks like it’s for God and the Kingdom but the true intent is for self glorification. We ask for things which are not in any way related to anything that is God glorifying, usually some kind of asset or an amount of money that will help US get to where WE want to be, generally in a direction opposite to where God wants us to be.

  44. Nick Vemoa says:

    Father, you are the only one worthy of glory – you made all the things to praise you and you gave me the gift of salvation so that I may live to glorify you and tell the world of your love. Give me the wisdom to know when I am taking the glory which belongs to you – remind me of why I have been given this life I have, to bring you all glory and all honour through the way that I live this life.

  45. Brandon says:

    Man is wavering and cannot operate in the spiritual realm without the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit.

  46. Brandon says:

    I’ll rise up, so that others may rise up, for His glory and fame!

  47. Brandon says:

    What is too big for God?

    He calls you and I- ordinary guys – to lift others’ heads and to focus on Him. Healing comes when our focus is switched from interior to the exterior.

    God works miracles still and is calling you and I to rise up and walk, so that we can help others rise up and walk too.

  48. Brandon says:

    I’ll pray for eyes and ears to see the kingdom moments of trust and faith – in the everyday.

  49. Brandon says:

    The Gospel is far far far more important than any agenda or plan that I have or will make.

  50. Justin Thomas says:

    Man is stupid and weak. We try to make these big plans of our own and then include God where we can fit him in but in reality, we should delve into God and His plans for us will be made known.

  51. Justin Thomas says:

    God wants us as believers to share His love. God’s plan went as He wanted and Peter and ? We’re vessels of His power.

  52. Justin Thomas says:

    Live out the Gospel in my life everyday and not just fit it in where I have space.

  53. Justin Thomas says:

    The gospel stands on its own. We don’t need to add anything to it to make it substantial.

  54. Brien Johnson says:

    God is able and willing to reveal his power through us when we are on mission, sharing the gospel and with others.

  55. Brien Johnson says:

    Hopefully, I will get out of the way and make my life all about Jesus and his glory.

  56. Brien Johnson says:

    Man has a tendency to draw the attention and “glory” to himself. Only when we are willing to die to self and submit to Him will we experience the fullness of His life.

  57. Brien Johnson says:

    The Gospel is the message we carry. When we are passionate about The Gospel, we will have access to whatever the spirit of God may want to reveal and share.

  58. Brien Johnson says:

    Father, less of me and more of you. I must decrease and you must increase. Let it be so.

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