|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 [to God], so that your sins may be blotted out, [Your sins are blotted out if, and only if: 1) you repent of all evil that you understand and able to turn from, and 2) you persistently and patiently wait on God in humble silence, listening and watching for His commands and teachings, obeying all you are commanded by Him, and endure in complete obedience to the end when you see Jesus appear in your heart to bring your salvation and eternal life. It's really simple and logical: if you are changed by the grace of God so that you not only do not sin, but don't even have a faint desire to sin, and are then guided by God in everything to do and say, there is no need to hold you accountable for your sins that have been destroyed by the Spirit; but make no mistake, you will still be accountable for your sin until you have crucified your sinful nature to have Christ become your true Lord, Master, and King.]
20 so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send the Christ [the anointing] appointed for you;1 [In Acts 3:26 below, Peter tells us that God sends Jesus to you to bless you, in turning every one of you from your iniquities [sins]; this is the first function of the Holy Spirit, sent by the Father in the name of Jesus, to prove the world wrong [reprove all men] concerning sin. John 16:8. In furtherance of God's blessing, God may send, (providing you respond with full repentance ), the Christ, (the anointing), which is Jesus Christ in Spirit to the believer who has repented and is purified of all sins, free from even the desires to sin. This is when Jesus appears in the hearts of those who have repented to have a pure heart; Jesus is seen and guides those in whom, (with their repentance to His many listened-to commands), He has removed all sins, (even the desires to sin), from their heart. Notice — this second appearance of Jesus is a personal experience of purified believers, not a one-time appearance to the whole world; those purified see Him appear while they are still on the earth; those not purified see Him when they die.]
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 whom is heaven behooved to take up?—the believer who totally repents, has his sins blotted out, and has received the anointing, 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.
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, raising up his servant, first sent him to you to bless you, by turning every one of you from your iniquities [sins]."3 [Peter is apparently referring to the Holy Spirit being poured out on all mankind, which occurred at Pentecost in the previous chapter. The first function of the Holy Spirit, sent by the Father in the name of Jesus, is to prove the world wrong [reprove all men] concerning sin. John 16:8. Every man has his day of visitation from the Holy Spirit, when he hears the Lord's quiet and anonymous reproofs. Those, who do not believe Him, (his words of reproof), remain in condemnation. But if a man heeds His reproofs, the Lord pours his Spirit and words on him, Pro 20:23,33; teaching a man how to live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world; to then finally judge a man, gathering his wheat, (his works of love, energized and motivated by operational faith), into the barn and burning up the chaff (works of sin) with unquenchable fire — the Holy Spirit's baptism of death to the selfish spirit of Satan in a man.]
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1 Notice! so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send [mark, possible future tense] the Christ, the anointing, appointed for you; This speaks to God sending Jesus (as Christ, the anointing), to the people after Jesus had been crucified and resurrected. This is the second appearance of Jesus, as he is seen in your heart; 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, Jesus was "first sent him to you to bless you, by turning every one of you away from your iniquities [sins]." Turning from your sins 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, you are free from sin; and he then replaces your destroyed, sinful spirit with his Spirit, the anointing (Christ) by which you learn all things and know all things.
When a man hears the gentle, anonymous call to forsake his evil ways, if he repents, God gives him more of His spirit and hunger to seek Him. Those, who do not believe Him, (the Lord's words of reproof), and continue sinning until death, suffer a hard judgment; and the words that man heard and ignored will be remembered, which same words will judge him, John 12:47-48, to his great shame and sorrow. The light shines in the darkness; and the darkness did not comprehend it. John 1:5. For everyone who does evil deeds (sins) hates the light (so hates Christ, who is the light) and does not come to the light for fear his deeds will be exposed and reproved. John 3:20. If we heed His reproofs and seek His kingdom and His righteousness as our life's first priority, by doing the one thing needed, (to sit at his feet and listen to His spoken words, Luke 10:39-42 ), grace first teaches us to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, removing the sins from our heart, one at a time; this function of the Holy Spirit is named the Ministry of Condemnation.
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, Jesus would have taught or trained him, perfected him, authorized him, gifted him with the ministry, sent him to preach, and supplied him with all words to speak immediately before speaking; like Jesus told Paul: "I [Jesus] now send 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 receive forgiveness of sins, release from sin's slavery, and an inheritance among those who are 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, they 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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