3:1 Now 1 Peter and John went up together into the temple at
the hour of prayer, [being] the ninth [hour].
(1) Christ, in healing a man that was born lame and well known
to all men, both in a famous place and at a popular time,
by the hands of his apostles partly strengthens and
encourages those who believed, and partly also calls others
3:5 And he a gave heed unto them, expecting to receive
something of them.
(a) Both with heart and eyes.
3:11 And as the lame man which was healed b held Peter and
John, all the people ran together unto them in the porch
that is called Solomon's, greatly wondering.
(b) Either because he loved them who had healed him, or
because he feared that if he let them go out of his
sight that he would become lame again.
3:122 And when Peter saw [it], he answered unto the people,
Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so
earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we
had made this man to walk?
(2) Miracles are appointed to convince the unbelievers, and
therefore they wickedly abuse the miracles who, standing
amazed, either at the miracles themselves or at the
instruments and means which is pleases God to use, take an
occasion to establish idolatry and superstition by that
which God has provided for the knowledge of his true
worship, that is, Christianity.
3:15 And killed the Prince c of life, whom God hath raised
from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.
(c) Who has life in himself, and gives life to others.
3:16 And his name through faith in his name hath made this man
strong, whom ye see and know: d yea, the faith which is
by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the
presence of you all.
(d) Because he believed on him who was raised from the
dead, whose name he heard about from us.
3:173 And now, brethren, I wot that through ignorance ye did
[it], as [did] also your rulers.
(3) It is best of all to receive Christ as soon as he is
offered to us: but those who have neglected so great a
benefit through man's weakness, yet have repentance as a
means. As for the shame of the cross, we have to set
against that the decree and purpose of God for Christ,
foretold by the Prophets, how that first of all he would be
crucified here upon the earth, and then he would appear
from heaven the judge and restorer of all things, that all
believers might be saved, and all unbelievers utterly
3:18 But those things, which God before had shewed e by the
mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he
hath so fulfilled.
(e) Though there were many Prophets, yet he speaks only of
one mouth, to show us the consent and agreement of the
3:21f Whom the heaven must receive until the times of
restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the
mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.
(f) Or, be taken up into heaven.
3:22 For Moses truly said unto the fathers, g A prophet shall
the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like
unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he
shall say unto you.
(g) This promise referred to an excellent and singular
3:24 Yea, and all the prophets h from Samuel and those that
follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise
foretold of these days.
(h) At which time the kingdom of Israel was established.
3:254 Ye are the i children of the prophets, and of the
covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto
Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the
earth be blessed.
(4) The Jews that believed are the first begotten in the
kingdom of God.
(i) For whom the Prophets were especially appointed.
3:26 Unto you first God, having k raised up his Son Jesus,
sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you
from his iniquities.
(k) Given to the world, or raised from the dead, and
advanced to his kingdom.