Acts 3: 16
It would have been surprising if they had not marveled on seeing a forty year old cripple restored to perfect health, “’And they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him” (v. 10.)
While in Capernaum Jesus performed a similar miracle (Lk. 5: 26.) “And they were all amazed, and they glorified God, and were filled with fear, saying. We have seen strange things today.”
Wherever Jesus’ power operates it performs moral and spiritual miracles, at which people gaze sometimes with incredulity and even with hostility, but always with astonishment.
The sole connection John and Peter had with the miracle was that a higher power had used them as a means of effecting His gracious will.
Please allow me to say, it does not appear that the apostles ever had the power of working miracles at their own discretion, but only given by the power of God. “And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all” (I. Cor..6:.12.)
The sun, moon, stars, earth, trees, forest, beasts, fowls, flowers, herbs, they all vary, yet they all are formed by the same hand. “And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day” (Gen. 1: 31.)
The significant proof of this is the circumstance that the apostle Paul experience, though he wrought miracles, could not cure Epaphrodites when he was sick nigh unto death (Phil. 2: 27.)
He could not bring healing to Trophimus, whom he had to leave sick in Miletum II. Tim. 4: 20)
One thing we learn here is that Paul’s power of healing the sick was limited and that healing is for a reason and purpose, and that only God can heal. The only one who has the right and power to say “I am he who health thee” belongs to God (Ex. 15: 26)
May I say that the name of Jesus is the source of all our power “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth” (Mt. 28: 18.)
Jesus himself worked many miracles, not as a mere instrument in the hands of God, he was God manifest in the flesh “the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works” (Jh. 14: 10..)
When he left the world he appointed his apostle to be his representatives, giving them power in heaven and earth in his name to heal the sick, “He gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all disease…Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out the devils: freely ye have received, freely give” (Mt. 10: 1, 8.)
Jesus ascended to the right hand of God as an accepted Saviour, and from thence sends down his gifts of grace “Wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, miracles, prophecy discerning of spirits, divers kinds of tongues and to another the interpretation of tongues:” (I. Cor. 12: 8, 10.)
Jesus Christ is the only head of the Divine kingdom, there are not two are three heads, only one, Jesus “And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church. Which is his body” (Eph. 1: 22, 23.)
The kingdom of Christ is set up in the midst of the fallen race to bring about “the restitution of all things.”
The believe is to lay hold of the hand which exalts us, Peter said, “Silver and gold have I none, but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk” (v. 6.)
As Peter laid hold of the lame man by the right hand and raised him up, so the representatives of Christ lay hold of a dying world and “that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life,” (Jh.3:16).
Let us speak about the power of faith put forth. First, from the church upon the world. The church is to listen to the world’s cries, and direct the souls of men to the true help “Unto you first God, having raised his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you” (v. 26.)
Secondly, by taking the lost by the hand and calling down upon them the blessing of God “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool” (Isa. 1: 18.)
Thirdly, proclaiming everywhere the gospel of “perfect soundness,” in lien of the world’s false gospels of imperfect remedices, and as a free gift of God to man.
The apostles represent faith, the lame man, the ruined state of our nature “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not” (Rom. 7: 18.)
The Christian church is the highest life style of mankind. The power of the risen Christ works through the church giving people perfect soundness.“The path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day” (Prov. 4: 180.)