|Acts 3 |
1 Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, which was about the ninth hour.
2 And a certain man, lame from his mother's womb, was carried daily and laid at the gate of the temple that is called Beautiful, to ask alms of those who entered the temple.
3 When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked them for alms.
4 And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, "Look at us."
5 And he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them.
6 Then Peter said, "Silver and gold I have none; but what I do have, I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk."
7 And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up; and his feet and ankle bones immediately received strength.
8 So leaping up, he stood, walked, and entered into the temple with them; walking, and leaping, and praising God.
9 And all the people saw him walking and praising God.
10 And they knew that it was the same man who had been sitting for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.
11 Now as the lame man who had been healed, held on to Peter and John, all the people ran together to them in the porch that is called Solomon's, greatly wondering.
12 And when Peter saw it, he said the people, "You men of Israel, why do you marvel at this? Why do you look so admiringly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we have made this man walk?
13 The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our forefathers, has glorified his Son Jesus, whom you delivered up and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go.
14 But you denied the Holy and Righteous One and requested a murderer to be granted freedom to you;
15 And you killed the Prince of Life, whom God has raised from the dead; of which we are witnesses.
16 And through faith in His name this man has been made strong, whom you see and know. Yes, the faith that is through and by Him has given this man perfect soundness in the presence of you all.
17 And now, brothers, I realize that you did this through ignorance, as your rulers also did.
18 By the mouth of all his prophets God had predicted those things before, that Christ should suffer, and He has thus fulfilled the prophecies.
19 Therefore repent and turn back, so that your sins may be blotted out,
20 So that relief may come from the presence of the Lord, to order the anointed (Christ) delivered to you — Jesus. [this was after Jesus had been crucified, risen, and ascended; so God shall (future tense) send the Christ, (the anointing), Jesus Christ in Spirit to the believer who repents.]
21 Whom heaven is behooved to take up until the time all things are restored, which God has spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began. [Jesus was already in heaven, so who is heaven behooved to take up? The believer who repents, has his sins blotted out, who enjoys the presence of the Lord, and had received the anointed, Jesus, to rule his words and deeds.]
22 For Moses truly said [about Jesus] to the forefathers, 'From among you the Lord your God shall raise up a prophet like me from your brothers; you shall listen to him in everything, whatever he says to you.1
23 And it shall come to pass, that every soul that does not listen to and obey that prophet will be destroyed and removed from the people.'2 [This also applies to all men in all nations for Jesus, the light in every man, anonymously pleads with men to turn from their evil ways; but most men in their darkness ignore those pleas because they love their selfish, sinful life. If a man heeds those pleas, the Lord pours more of His Spirit on them, giving them a hunger to seek Him further. When they die, those who did not wait to listen and then obey the Lord will be banned from heaven, and their souls will be destroyed. From the Word of the Lord within: "Everyone is expecting Jesus to be their excuse. All men are without excuse; if I were silent, they would have an excuse. I've warned them and given them the requirements and preached the exclusions; they should not expect anything else or conclusion. The way is clear: listen and obey."]
24 Yes, and all the prophets from Samuel and those after him, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days.
25 You are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant that God made with our fathers, saying to Abraham, 'And in your seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed, [because you have obeyed my voice].'
26 God, having raised up his servant and Son Jesus, first sent him to you to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities [sins]."3
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1 Notice! God shall send [mark, future tense shall ] Jesus to the people, who was designated to you before; and is sending Jesus to the people after he was raised up. So, Peter is talking about Jesus being sent to people in the Spirit. This is the second appearance of Jesus because that which is to be known of God is revealed within a man (Rom 1:19) and for this purpose Jesus is revealed in us to destroy the works of the devil; and as Paul said: it pleased God to reveal his son in me.
2 And it shall come to pass, that every soul that does not listen to and obey that prophet [Jesus] will be thus destroyed and removed from the people.' This references a combination of commands in Deu 18:19 and Lev 23:29-30. Leviticus references a failure to honor the day of atonement, which in the New Covenant would be a failure to secure the promises that Jesus' atonement provided: freedom from sin, the bringing of salvation, union with Christ and God [junior but up to], and translation into the Kingdom of God. Only the soul is destroyed; the spirit lives. See Is There Hope For All Men and Women.
3 Notice, He "blesses you by turning away every one of you from his iniquities [sins]." For this purpose the Son of God is revealed [in us], that he might destroy [in us] the works [sin] of the devil. 1 John 3:8. Turning away is more than forgiveness, it is to be released from the desire to sin; it is the destruction of sin within a man — like the remission of cancer. Jesus preached repentance with remission of sins. When he destroys the sin in your heart, he replaces it with his Spirit, the anointing (Christ) by which you learn all things and know all things.
You say you never heard your preacher speak of this ability to have Jesus sent to you to destroy sin in you, and so you could know all things? If your preacher were a true minister of Christ, he would have been called, trained, restored, authorized, and gifted the position of a preacher; who would then be told to preach as Jesus told Paul: I am sending you to open their eyes that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may thus receive forgiveness and release from their sins and a place and portion among those who are consecrated and purified by faith in Me. Acts 26:17-18. But your preacher has no clue on how to release a person from their sins, or how to become purified by faith. As Jesus said: Leave them alone and disregard them; they are blind guides and teachers. And if a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a ditch. Matthew 15:14. What makes them blind? Jesus tells us that an unperfected disciple is blind, but when a disciple is perfected then he is like the master, able to remove a spec from your eye. Luke 6:39-42. Jesus said the false prophets in sheep's clothing would come. John said the antichrists and false apostles had come and had gone out from among them. Peter saw the false teachers had come. Paul saw the false apostles had come, and warned the brothers night and day for three years of more coming. And in Revelation, John saw where the whole world was to go after the false prophets and the false church, which occurred shortly afterwards.
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