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.
II. KEY PASSAGES
(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.