Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Acts Chapter Three

Acts Chapter Three (NIV)
Acts Chapter Three (NASB)


Verses 1-10: Peter heals a lame beggar in Jesus' Name.

Verses 11-26: Peter gives his second sermon.


(A) Acts 3:13-15, 18--Peter continues to appeal to evidence when he preaches (which isn't surprising, since he commands Christians to be apologists in 1 Peter 3:15). Following the same pattern we saw in Acts 2, Peter points to common knowledge of Jesus' crucifixion, eyewitness testimony of Jesus' resurrection appearances, and Old Testament prophecies that confirm the Gospel. Peter regularly appeals to such evidences to prove that Jesus Christ is Lord. Thus, in the earliest proclamation of the Gospel, we find repeated emphasis on Jesus' death, resurrection, and deity--the three core elements of the Gospel that Paul listed as requirements for saving faith (Romans 10:9).

(B) Acts 3:19--Despite the fact that the people had "put to death the Prince of life" (3:15), they still had the opportunity to repent.

(C) Acts 3:22-23--Peter clearly applies Deuteronomy 18:18-19 to Jesus. Muslims today try to apply the passage to Muhammad. It seems we have to decide whom we're going to listen to--a companion of Jesus who repeatedly performed mircles in Jesus' name, or a seventh century caravan trader who couldn't perform miracles. (If the correct decision isn't obvious, the Muslim interpretation also fails because Muhammad is a false prophet according to Deuteronomy 18:20, the very next verse. See my article "The Deuteronomy Deductions" for a decisive proof.)

(D) Acts 3:25--Peter quotes Genesis 22:18, where God tells Abraham, "In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed." Based on his reaction later in Acts, it seems that Peter didn't yet understand how this would apply to the Gentiles.

1 comment:

Tom said...

Acts 3:25 (Genesis 22:18) - yet another way that God's Only Holy Word clearly tells us that Islam is NOT an "Abrahamic" 'faith'. Genesis 22:18 says it so sweetly: "and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed," [my emphasis] "because you have obeyed me."

Somebody, please, identify for us any nation or peoples that have been truly blessed because of Islam...? No, I don't mean just a few Muslim males... I mean whole NATIONS... and were they made more just? were they made more compassionate?

By being 'blessed' I mean, did they become more wise and more tender toward the vulnerable? Were the poor and outcast included as equals? Were all peoples, creatures and creation given renewed value because of Islam? I don't think Islamic apologists can show any occasion where any nation has been 'blessed' because of Islam. (But I'll bet they'll tie their lying tongues in KNOTS trying to prove me wrong! LOL!)

To be an "Abrahamic faith", Islam would have to be at least a blessing to nations and also obedient to the Only Living God.

Islam fails AGAIN! LOL! But Islam is a counterfeit and even years ago, I should have known better than to think it had any connection whatever to Father Abraham.


Kaffir and PROUD and Laughin' out loud! MAY JESUS CHRIST BE PRAISED!!