The Reciprocal Gospel
1 Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. 2 And a man lame from birth was being carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple that is called the Beautiful Gate to ask alms of those entering the temple.
3 Seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked to receive alms. 4 And Peter directed his gaze at him, as did John, and said, “Look at us.” 5 So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them. 6 Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.”
“But obviously you cannot transmit something you haven't got. See to it that your relationship with Him is right, and great events will come to pass for you and countless others.” - AA
1. Only what’s been received can be given.
Remember Moses and the burning bush?
Moses answered, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you’?”
Then the Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?”
“A staff,” he replied.
The Lord said, “Throw it on the ground.”
You may not have silver or gold, an education, good health, or whatever, but…
2. To receive Christ is to gain everything.
Application: Am I saying, “If only I had this or that…” when I have Jesus and have everything I need?
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
No one can serve 2 masters…
“Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you…”
They gave the man Jesus.
7 Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. 8 He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. 9 When all the people saw him walking and praising God, 10 they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.
11 While the man held on to Peter and John, all the people were astonished and came running to them in the place called Solomon’s Colonnade. 12 When Peter saw this, he said to them: “Fellow Israelites, why does this surprise you? Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk?
‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.
3. To have Christ makes anything possible.
Remember last week. The Holy Spirit was given for
1) mutual edification and
2) to spread the gospel.
“…you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you;
“…and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
a small group spreading the gospel to where it is today with the goal being every tribe, every tongue, every nation cannot happen without the power of the Holy Spirit.
“Pray like everything depends on God. Act like everything depends on you.”
To have Christ makes anything possible.
13 The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus. You handed him over to be killed, and you disowned him before Pilate, though he had decided to let him go. 14 You disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you. 15 You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this.
A list of offenses (sins)…
YOU handed him over to be killed, YOU disowned him, YOU asked that a murderer be released in his place, and YOU killed the author of life.
16 By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has completely healed him, as you can all see.
17 “Now, fellow Israelites, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did your leaders. 18 But this is how God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, saying that his Messiah would suffer. 19 Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, 20 and that he may send the Messiah, who has been appointed for you—even Jesus.
I know that you acted in ignorance… but they were ignorant no longer.
4. Ignorance and Rebellion are not the same.
Remember the garden of Eden:
“For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
Example: Basement analogy. Dark, unknown, deadly.
5. Times of refreshing always follow repentance.
21 Heaven must receive him until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets. 22 For Moses said, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you must listen to everything he tells you. 23 Anyone who does not listen to him will be completely cut off from their people.’
24 “Indeed, beginning with Samuel, all the prophets who have spoken have foretold these days. 25 And you are heirs of the prophets and of the covenant God made with your fathers. He said to Abraham, ‘Through your offspring all peoples on earth will be blessed.’ 26 When God raised up his servant, he sent him first to you to bless you by turning each of you from your wicked ways.”
He’s talking to the Jews. “…you are heirs”
They got the gospel first.
6. Blessings are fully realized when passed along.
Application: What have you been given? Jesus Christ.
When people meet you, would they say they’ve met Jesus?
Application: You know there’s nothing like GIVING JESUS to someone. Abraham was ‘blessed to be a blessing’ and so are we. Try, this week, to represent Jesus in everything you do. Bless where you are cursed, give when you are taken from, be a light in the darkness.
If you do these things, you will be the one who is truly blessed.