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ACTS 3:1-11 - Corps Notes - December 4, 1975

Topic: logospedia,lp
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Publication Date: 12-4-1975

On Ephesians 4:25 where I want to begin tonight, or where we will begin tonight , the first part of what the Research Team gave me is the work that Walter Cummins published in our wonderful Way Magazine on "The Spoken Word." Also, as we cover Ephesians 4:28 tonight, I had all the information in front of me from another article that Walter Cummins has in the... has had in the Magazine. The first article on Ephesians 4:25 is entitled "The Spoken Word." The one on Ephesians 4:28 is "Workers for God." Both of these pieces of work by Walter are absolutely superb. And I believe that they should appear and will appear in our research journal GMIR whenever we begin publishing that. {GMIR Aramaic word meaning ' to perfect, accomplish , mature, complete, arithmetically to be divisible without any remainder.}

And I noticed again that some of the things that were stated are just so beautifully and logically presented, I'm truly thankful for, not only Walter, but the whole Research Department. I think our Biblical Research Department is just second to none. And it' s even going to be better by God' s mercy and grace next year and in years to come than it is at this time. And right now I do not believe that our Biblical Research Department needs to take a back seat for any academic institution or work in the world.

And I thought today, I have never... I've never thought of Walter Cummins in any other capacity than to be my assistant. I know Vince Finnegan, you know, on the books is my assistant. And that' s great. But I've never thought of Walter Cummins in any other capacity for so many years as always being my assistant. And I think he' s just the most wonderful person that any president could have as his assistant. And also to be chairmen of the Department of Greek, and then the coordinator of the Biblical research of The Way International. For any one man to have that position and that responsibility is an awesome reality and I'm real proud of Walter and real thankful for him. But I am also thankful for the rest of our wonderful men and women in the Research Department.

I would like for the Corps all over the country to go to the Magazine and find "The Spoken_Word," that's the title of it, dealing with Ephesians 4:25 and other scriptures, and before the next Corps meeting next week, you endeavor to master that great piece of work by Walter Cummins. It's just, you know, the spoken Word. Over fifty Greek words are used in the New Testament in connection with the faculties of utterance. Over fifty. And then he takes the most important ones and he lists them and it' s just. .. it' s just a piece of research work that you should really as a Corps master in your heart and in your life.

Ephesians 4:25 in the King James reads, Wherefore put away lyin g, speak every man truth with his neighbor: for we are members one of another.

The ' putting away' was interesting to me again because of the Greek word aniko, a-n-i-k-o.

And this word is ' the putting away,' this word ' put away,' aniko, is the same root word as in 4:22, where we use the word ' rest,' meaning ' to rest.' Is that right? Yep, that is right. I taught you that,

didn't I? Did I or didn't I? Doesn't look right to me. It is the same root. What chapter am I missing? Am I missing anything? I don't know. Right now I'm screwed up, ha ha. First time today. You check the word again and I'll do that, too and see what I'm missing here.

But a-n-i-k-o is the word for ' putting away from you. ' To put away. And it' s the same root as the word ' rest.' I don't know where the word appears, but it's got to be in there.

Now, that word ' speak,' every man speak. That word ' speak ' is from the Greek word

laleo, l-a-l-e-long-o. And that' s where Walter' s article on "The Spoken Word"_c omes in because that is.. .he uses that word laleo in here, which I teach in Corinthians when I teach the Foundational Class. And he says the word is employed 24 times in I Corinthians chapter 14. I had forgotten that.

This word is truly significant. I couldn' t quite understand it Research Department, what  you said on page 26B 16, where you defined it ' to make vocal utterance,' ' to babble,' 'to talk,'  'to  exercise the faculty of speech without reference to the words spoken.' I just wondered if there might not be another word that could be substituted or utilized at this point. I know that Zachariah 8:16 is the quotation that is used here, or spoken of. And that Zachariah 8:16 adds force to what is said by using a quote, a quotation. That' s why my question to the Research Department is, How can it be without reference to what is spoken if it is truth plus the quotation of the Word of God that's given. It doesn't quite fit for me.

'With his neighbor' has to be a believing neighbor. This 'speak truth with his neighbor' is a figure of speech gnome, g-n-o-m-e, which simply is a citation. And that' s a citation from Zachariah 8:16.

There are a series of figures of speech, Corps, in chapter four which just put the 00mph, the highlight, to the particular things that are set whereby you put off the old man. This phrase here 'speak every man truth with his neighbor'  is one of them. The other one appears in verse 26, 'be  angry and sin not.' ' Steal no more' is another one. 'Corrupt communication' is the fourth one.  'Grieve not the  holy spirit' is the fifth one. ' All bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, evil speaking' is  the sixth. And  then  ' be kind' and so forth, is the seventh.

You see, the last phrase in that verse, in King James, For we' re members one of what? [Another] And it' s relative to the neighbor. Now you just look at that. Wherefore put away  lying, speak  every  man truth with his what? [Neighbor] For we are members  one of  another.  That  doesn't  mean just  a neighbor who lives next door, but it has to be a believing neighbor because  we are members  one of what? [Another]. You could not be a member ' one of another' ifhe  was an  unbeliever.  That's how I know this is going to  work. This tells me that the neighbor  is  a  believer.  And  this  ' we' re members one of another' continues the imagery of the Body of Christ.

The literal  according  to  usage of this verse is as follows:   Wherefore  put away the  lie... and I believe in my heart, before I go on with the literal that until man is born again, it's all a lie anyways. And that' s why I believe that this translation will fit in the light of that knowledge. Because when  a man is not born again, his whole  life is just a  lie. Now you're  born again,  and that ' s  why  I think the text states it ' wherefore put away the lie,' the life you' ve been living , the screwed up life you have lived outside of God. It' s been just a life of a lie. It' s not truth. It' s just the opposite of truth and that's my reason for translating it this way... Wherefore put away the lie.

You've got to go with that translation. You have no other text to go by both from Aramaic and Greek it's 'lie.' Not 'lying.' If the Research Department has anything to share in the light of that, I'd be blessed to hear, but you' ve heard my reasons for translating it, Research Department, this way.

Now since they're born again, their whole life is changed, so the life of lying, and living a lie, and being a lie, and being false, is to be put away.

And every man... this is the translation ... and everyone, everyone. The word ' man' you could use because it's an inclusive noun, but I prefer to use the word ' one.'

Wherefore put away the lie and everyone speak the truth with his neighbor for we are members one of another. That is literal according to usage.

Now for the expanded according to understanding. It's not bad. Because of this... What we coughing for? Everybody sick?...Because of this... and the reason I went in the expanded along this line is because verse 24 last week told us that we are created by God in righteousness and in true purity, through holiness. Twenty four.

That's why 25, Wherefore ... 'wherefore' can be translated 'because of this.' Because of this what? Being created in righteousness and truly pure. See it's an inside job.

Because of this being created in righteousness and truly pure by the grace and the love of

God.. .Because of this being created in righteousness and truly pure, you put away, completely lay to rest the lie that you have been and were living and each one of you speak the truth using a quotation from the Word with his believing neighbor for we are members one of another in the Body of the Church.

Robinson {Edward} said, he translated, 'speak every man truth with his neighbor' and he said it's from Zachariah 8:16 which adds force to what is said by using a quote. That's why I translated that. I think that' s great. It adds force to what is said. If you're speaking to someone, it adds force to what you say by using a quote, a quotation from God's Word. In other words, ' you share the Word with them.' That' s why I went with that translation. I want to give it to you again in this sense.

Speak the truth using a quotation from the Word, which means 'share the Word.' Quote the Word to them. Tell them what the Word says, with his believing neighbor. Why? For we are members one of another in the Body of the Church. This verse is just mind blowing.

Here, you have a born-again believer neighbor who needs to grow up a little more. So what do you do? Each one speak the truth to that neighbor, that believer, using the Word, quoting the Word because we' re members one of another in the Body of the Church. It's a real positive thing to do.

Verse 26 in King James reads, Be angry.. .ha ha... we like that one, don't we. Be ye angry and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath.

Here is a verse of Scripture that' s very, very difficult for most people. And it' s not too easy for us either. But I think we are able to share the truth of the greatness of this and it's been burning in my heart for a long time to do this with our people.

Everybody has problems with ' how can you be angry and not sin?' You know, how can raise hell with something and not be sinful in doing it? Teed off and not be sinful. And how can you go... and what does it mean 'don't let the sun go down upon your wrath?' See.

In the context, here, verses 26 and 27 deal with your believing neighbor, specifically. Then the Greek word for ' anger' which is from the root orge, o-r-g-long-e means 'anger together with the desire of revenge .' That' s bad. That' s a heavy. The Hebrew word means ' to kill, and all the tumults of passion that terminate in killing.' So it's a real heavy word when it said ' be angry.'

And the way I believe it's used in God' s Word, ' be ye angry' means ' it's a long time anger with your believing neighbor until a change has ensued.' The desire to... of revenge is a change. And I, knowing the Word in the light of the new birth, it's where a change finally comes about. Until that time, you just, long-term, you just stay put witnessing the Word, sharing the Word. You do not dislike the believing neighbor; you simply dislike that he is not fully accepting the Word and walking on it. So it' s a long-term anger until a change has ensued. You just stay faithful.

I don't know what else to do with those words. It is a righteous anger. Yet it is a righteous anger without sin.

Among the scholars, there is a disagreement on these words. Well, I don't know about my being a scholar; that I don' t anything about being about. But it's simple to me because righteous anger is commanded by God's Word when it says ' be ye angry.' Well, the scholars can fight about it. I don' t care. It' s a command. Not just permitted to get teed once in a while when somebody' s off of God' s Word, a believer is off of God's Word. You' re always teed off righteously at any believer, born-again believer, who is off of God' s Word. And for those of us in the Way Ministry, it' s been a lifetime.

Get into it with them on... Oh what subject do you want to talk about? Baptism? Food? One God? See. All that stuff.

The Aramaic is accurate in the words ' and sin not.' It literally translates ' and you will not sin.' Again, this ' be angry and sin not' is that figure gnome. Quotation. A citation from the Old Testament. It' s from Psalm 4:4. But in King James, Psalm 4:4, it's translated 'stand in awe.' The real sense of the Hebrew is ' one of admonition;' sin not. Where we' re admonished to not sin. Sin not.

' Let not the sun go down on your wrath. ' Ha ha. That again is beautiful. People went to bed when the sun went down, when it got dark. That's when they went to bed. So what that simply is saying, ha ha, ' don't go to bed teed off.' Don' t let the sun go down on your wrath. In other words, go to bed; don' t go to bed mad. ' When you go to bed' is what it means. Let not the sun go down when you go to bed. And they went to bed when the sun went down. When it got dark, they went to bed, see.

' Upon your wrath.' And the word ' wrath' here is basically ' irritation.' Ha ha. Previously when I taught Ephesians, I made mention of this fact, ' don' t let righteous anger shake you, wondering if it was right on. When you go to bed, go to sleep.'

Now, this is what we have done with it in the literal, ha ha, according to usage. I got more papers up here than Carter has liver pills, or something. Then, I can' t find my... whatever it is I take off of it.

Okay, verse 26. You be righteously angry.. .this is literal according to usage.. .and you will not be sinning. Don't go to bed even with a momentary irritation, ha ha.

I don't think you get nearly as much fun out of this as I do. It's neat. It's absolutely scrumptious, see. At the opening, is that heavy word, remember? Anger. So it's a real heavy time. So what he is saying, in the heavy time, when your standing on God' s Word  and sharing that with the  believing  neighbor, you' re righteously angry... you're not sinning. And  you don't  even go to  bed with a momentary irritation. In other Words, when you go to bed, thank God the day is over. Say your last prayer and start snoring.

Boy, that would save a lot of sleeping pills, wouldn' t it? Practicing that principle. Boy, oh boy, what a tremendous Word. And hardly anybody understands verse 26. They argue about it, but they don' t get the understanding.

Now this is the expanded one according to understanding, I hope. And again, I would like to just lay some things before the Corps, and especially before the Research Department. I translated the first part of verse 26, You always stay angry with an all-out desire to have them to change which anger will not be sin on your part.

Then I have another translation of that first part of it: You be righteously angry, 'teed off' with sin... 'Teed off' I put in quotes. But don't  you sin  by acting  ' holier than thou'  vaunting  yourself  by acting so righteously like you never sin.

I do not know which one of those two the Research Department feels would be the better. The last part of the phrase that I translated which would go with both of these that I have given you here on the expanded one for understanding. This, the last part, goes with that first one and with the second ... also.. .even if it is only a momentary irritation.  When you go to  bed, go to sleep. That's what I did with it.

Now, verse 27. King James says, Neither (or neither) give place to the Devil. The word 'place' is simply a portion, a part. No believer will give full place to the Devil, but he may be giving a part, a portion. He' ll mark off a spot, ' this is Devil' s permission over here, over here, no permission, you know. And you really give the Devil a portion or a spot if you stew about it after you go to bed and you toss and you tum and can' t sleep.

This word 'the Devil,' ' the Devil' in the Aramaic is a very interesting and exciting Word to me and it blesses my heart. It' s a compound word where the first part means ' to eat' or ' to devour.' The latter

' to slander' or ' to accuse. '  So when I got to translating  this, literally according  to usage, verse 27 reads: Do not give any portion or space or an opportunity to the Devil. So I used those three words synonymously: portion, space, opportunity. Do not give any portion or space or an opportunity to the Devil.

The expanded according to understanding: And you will not give a toehold, an opportunity or an occasion for the Devil to eat you. Ha ha. I get more fun than you ever will out of working this stuff, huh.

You see, and to me, that communicates to my understanding. John 10:10. The thief cometh not but for to what? [Steal, kill, and destroy] Right. To eat you out. To beat you. And that's why that Aramaic word, on the word ' Devil' really thrilled me.

And that ' s why I put it into the expanded translation: And you will not give a ' toehold.' Now, at L.E.A.D., you know how important it is to get a what? [Toehold] Ha ha. And when you' re really climbing in, you' re blessed for a toehold. How thankful you are when you get a foothold. Now the adversary can never get a foothold in a believer' s life until he first has a toehold. That's why I translated it that way.

Do not give... and you will not give a toehold ... shave all the rocks off... an opportunity or an occasion for the Devil to eat you. And that' s exactly what he likes to do to believers.

Now we go to verse 28. King James says, Let him that stole steal not more: but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. And here again, is another great work that I believe should be in our research journal GMIR, Walter' s work on " Workers for God."

It' s just tremendous where he... you know... he just goes into God' s men are called many things in the Word. They' re called: fellow workers, ministers, or servants, slaves, fellow slaves, partners, messengers, soldiers, fellow soldiers, athletes, fellow athletes, stewards, ambassadors, witnesses, all of those. And he covers them so beautifully. And I love very much how he covered the word ' slave,' because it' s a much stronger word than to be a minister, or to be a servant. It is to be one who is branded, marked out, sold out. And baby, from that day on, there are no ifs, and' s, or but' s. You never budge on it. You are branded. Most believers are never branded. They may be servants, they may be ministers, but they are not branded. When you' re branded, you stay faithful. You do not budge. You do not change. You stay put. If all hell breaks loose, you still live the believing Word.

I think the prophet once said, If I was in the midst of hell, God I know you' d be there. (Psalm 139:8) He' d be there. That' s the doulos. That, of course, is just a tremendous piece of work.

And the other great part that I think... and this is a second piece that I want the Corps to master before next Wednesday night, " Workers for God," the work on ' witness.' You see, it's the same word basically that's translated ' martyr,' see. And we got a lot of those canonized. That's not at all what a witness is. A witness is a living example, not a dead one. The word 'martyr' simply means that you lay down your life in witnessing. And boy, when you put the doulos together with ' witness,' then you' ve got power for abundant living. It's just a fantastic work by Walter and I' m real grateful that it was published. Because once it' s in print, people can take a look at it if they want to.

I'd like a cup of coffee, please.

Now, we are in verse 28. The Aramaic translation is ' and he who was stealing.' I understand it from the English, ' let him that stole,' past tense. The Aramaic is real simple, real strong. ' And he, the one who is born again, who was, past tense, stealing.'

Thank you.

His whole life was one of those before he was born again.

Whenever you bring a cup of coffee to a right-hand man, you put the handle to the right. When you serve a cup of coffee to a left-hand man, you put it on the left-hand side and put the handle to the left. Corps principle number seven or something, ha ha. Mrs. Wierwille would say, Well, be thankful you even get a cup of coffee. [Laughter] Ah, you're wonderful.

See, ' let him who stole, steal no more.' 'Stole and steal,' that' s a figure of speech and is polyptoton p-o-l-y-p-t-o-t-o-n. It' s a repetition of the same root word in different parts of speech or reflections. But, that's not earth shaking right now in my heart.

You see, in some Eastern culture, it was not considered a sin or a shame to steal because that's the way they lived, the only way they lived. Somebody told me... or not only told me, one of our people, but it was in a national magazine, that the basic culture of Russia today is to steal. And in some respects I can understand this. If you don't have anything and you're starving to death and there' s a loaf of bread you can get a hold of... steal the dam thing. I understand that.

So this verse is really sharp, really sharp. Let him who stole, even though that man previously considered it the way to live and there was no shame in it, no sin in it. He said, Well, let that fellow who stole, steal no more. Something has happened on the inside of that man. Something that happened, where He is able to meet all of our need according to His riches in glory. Christ in you, the hope of glory. More than conquerors.

A record in the Old Testament, I forget where it is, but it's in there, that it' s never, you never need to borrow or steal bread or... what is that in the Old Testament? Begging bread. One person stand and tell me. {Psalm 37:25, I have been young and now am old; yet have I seen the righteous forsaken, nor His seed begging bread.} Psalm 27:25 who? {Psalm 37:25} 37:25. All the years, he's never seen the righteous to have to do what? {Beg bread} Beg bread.

First of all, I wish the Christian world could hear this. Secondly, I wish our government in the United States could understand it. The Word says, If you don't work, you don' t eat. A lot of that stuff. Well, what we've been doing is stealing from the people who are willing to work to give to the people who don' t want to work. That's a bunch of crap. That's stealing. That's why this verse is so hot in my soul tonight. Let him who stole, quit stealing, dang it. See.

Many years ago I was really knocked for a loop along some of this line in India, from Dr. Williams. I think he loved India maybe like I love the United States, I don' t know. Because only a man knows how much he loves his own country, I guess.

But... as we were traveling together, he said to me, Dr. Wierwille, I hear you have whores in the United States.

You know, I never had given it a thought. I just took it for granted. [Laughter] And I said, yeah. He said, Why does a rich country like the United States have whores?

And I said, I don't know.

And he said, I can't understand it. Cannot your women make enough money to live? Yeah, but they figure that' s cheaper and more pleasurable or something, I don' t know. And he said, Well, I think it's sinful that the United States has whores.

And I said, What do you mean?

And he said to me, why, I can understand India. He said we don' t enough food, we don' t have enough of anything hardly for a lot of people. And we have whores because that' s the only way they can continue to live physically.

And I thought to myself, well boy, that' s slapping me in the face good. And I took it as a wonderful lesson. There is no excuse in the United States for any women being a whore because she doesn' t need to get screwed and paid for it in order to get money so she can live. There's plenty of work available and if there isn' t she ought to get born again, then there' s a guarantee of work. ..other work, available. I tell you, when you' re honest, some of these men in other countries have some real logic behind their thinking. How would you have liked to have handled that? I just simply admitted, Well, I think we' re wrong in the United States. But I said, I think you' re wrong in India, too, because no reason to have whores here if you get them born again.

So I don' t know. But this verse today as I worked the final working on this verse 28 is when my heart really went back and burned with that truth that Dr. Williams had stated. Because in many Eastern cultures, it was not considered as sin or as shame to steal, if it was a matter of livelihood. You sometimes wonder who will live in the greatest condemnation before God and justice and judgment when the time comes.

For in most of what are called poor countries even, there is sufficient money, food, and other things for the people to live if those in positions of authority were not so selfish and egotistical, and want it for themselves , and let the rest of the world die... or a country die.

The word ' labor' in verse 28 is the word which literally means ' hard work resulting in fatigue.' That's how I felt coming from the woods last night. And I didn' t do anything. It was just hard work being there with the rest of you. Today I got so tired of being with some, I came home. Ah, you' re wonderful.

' Working with his hands' is an Eastern cultural type of thing. Today in our culture, you could have it, you know, the truth is working with your mind or working with your hand, whatever you' re working at. But in Eastern culture, every son was to be trained to work with his hands, even if he was the son of a king. Had to learn a trade, a profession of business.

Jesus Christ was a saddle maker. He made them to ride, I guess, what do you want? Tennessee Walkers , or? See. I think not only did he do that, Paul did it, too, you know. Someday I'm going to find a...or Walter, or some of those, are going to find me a manuscript to prove it. .. and a wonderful carpenter by trade. Many times doing carpentry work and being a saddle maker were sort of in the same household, because building carpentry and having saddles to use for their business and carrying on, were very, very closely aligned. Well, I won' t argue the point, but I wish we' d keep looking.

II Thessalonians.. .Do your hands ever get so dry you can hardly hold anything? Golly, mine are so dry tonight, I wonder why? II Thessalonians, chapter 3:10... this we commanded you that if any would not work, neither should he what? [Eat] Right. Even unemployment is no excuse for stealing. He just doesn' t eat. Goes and gets work. Boy, when I first saw the greatness of these principles many years ago, and then of course, I uniquely by God' s grace, inculcated that into our W.O.W. program and very dynamically in the Corps leadership.

ACTS 3:1-11
December 4, 1975
The Way College of Emporia
Well we go into a record tonight that is so much like God’s Word, simply amazing, dynamically
revealing of the greatness of the first century church and a section again of God’s Word that has been
pretty well hidden. For the most part it’s just been another nice story to people. Something that
occurred in the first century that passed away with the apostles, and consequently this is the kind of
thing that you no longer believe for. See, I came through the same kind of background that the men
my age came through that were trained in the theological seminaries, and that is that in Peter and
John’s day they didn’t have the “smarts” of the medical profession. And therefore, they needed Peter
and John and God to help them. But since that time we have developed science and the medical
profession, and it’s the medical profession that has replaced the power of God and the greatness of
that which is made known in the Word. So the medical profession with their hospitals took over the
days of Peter and John. You just can’t get rid of God's Word that easily, because if one thing in the
book of Acts is dropped out, then you drop out anything you want to drop out and then you lose the
new birth, you lose everything. It’s either the church in action with the greatness of the power of God
all the way through or it isn’t. The greatness of Jesus’ ministry was manifested in its maximum with
the healing of the man born blind in John 9. The greatness of the power of God in the believers in
the early church was made manifest here in the third chapter of the book of Acts. This is the first
record in the Word after the birth of the church regarding the deliverance of someone who was born
incapacitated, or as I say, who came from the factory with parts missing.
You see, in the last session, I think I told you that when people were born again of God’s spirit, they
immediately spoke in tongues, and I showed it to you from the text. Having continued in the
apostles’ right believing, doctrine, they not only spoke in tongues, but they operated the
manifestations. I believe that they interpreted and prophesied. I believe they operated word of
knowledge, word of wisdom, discerning of spirits, faith, miracles and healing. Before the Lord Jesus
Christ ascended in those days when he was with the apostles, he must have taught them many things
because they spent approximately 40 days together, things that of course are not recorded in the
Word of God. And I’m sure they didn’t spend much time talking about the social problems in
Palestine, nor who was going to be the next governor elect of the Judean territory. By sheer logic
from the integrity and accuracy of God’s Word, I’d say that those were great days of instruction and
teaching. He must have just opened his heart spiritually speaking and taught them things to look for
and what to do when certain things occurred, which they did on the day of Pentecost. I wouldn’t be a
bit surprised if he taught them the advanced, advanced class then; how the manifestations would
operate. We have no proof of it text wise, but when you get into the inner depth of God’s Word and
you see the greatness of that Word and you just know that nothing ever happens by chance or by
accident, that people are not good baseball pitchers because they read a book, but because somebody
instructed them properly and taught them.
When you understand this, then you have to realize that certainly there must have been some
fantastic teaching to a group of men. I think the greatness of all of this shows up in the third chapter
of Acts.
Acts 3:1
“Peter and John” - I believe these words are used seven times in the book of Acts. Peter is always the
one that is mentioned first.
“ninth hour” - approximately 3:00p.m.
Acts 3:2
One would have thought that such a tremendous occurrence as we’re going to witness here tonight
that at least they could have named the man. One would have thought that when Jesus Christ healed
the man born blind, the least they could have done was put his name in. I think some of the greatness
of God’s Word is in things like this. What difference does it make if you never know the man’s name
as long as he got the deliverance, as long as he was a man who was committed to God and the things
of God, what difference does it make. History, for the most part, is unjust; very brief in mind. The
God we serve is just and long in remembrance of the good things. He keeps the records. I do not
know this man’s name, nor does anybody else. He was just a certain man, but he was not a second
rate certain man. He was a certain man who was laid at the temple gate Beautiful. He did not need
money. According to the record here, in the inner depth of it, I would say that he had plenty of
money. If he had needed money they wouldn’t have laid him at the temple gate, Beautiful. They
would have laid him at the entrance to the city where all the people came in through the main gate.
At this place you couldn’t collect as much money. If you were poverty stricken you wouldn’t go
there. From the context, I believe it indicates that here was a man lame from his mother’s womb, who
perhaps belonged to a very outstanding family and even had some great religious connection with the
temple. But because he was crippled, he automatically could never have been of service in the
temple, because those men who served in the temple could not be physically maimed.
“the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful” - Some people believe that was the eastern gate.
“to ask alms of [from] them” - The asking of alms was not because he needed money but because it
indicated his humility, because for you to go out and beg, sense knowledge wise would be
humiliating. Here was a man who came born this way, lame from his mother’s womb, of prestigious
background, family of note. So in order to show how humble he really was, how badly in need he
was of deliverance, he humbled himself to ask alms from those who entered into the temple.
Acts 3:3
One of the great and wonderful things about this record is why did Jesus Christ not pay any attention
to this fellow? Didn’t Jesus Christ love him? Whenever Jesus Christ went into the temple, this man
was laid at the temple gate daily, so then when Jesus went in, he must have seen him, and he must
have known he was there. I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if he called him by name. Yet he never
ministered to him.
John 5:2-9
Verse 2 – “Bethesda” – means mercy, like Mercy Hospital.
All of these believed in healing, for that’s what they were there for. Here were a whole multitude of
sick, and they all believed in healing. Jesus Christ was there. Why did he not deliver every one of
them? No revelation. So he delivered just one.
Here’s a man in Acts laid at the temple gate Beautiful daily yet Jesus Christ never stopped to deliver
him. Why? No revelation. See, without that knowledge of God’s Word you just guess. Then you
have to go to chance or by accident. It was just by chance that Jesus healed the one among the many.
It was just by chance that Jesus did not get involved with this man at the gate Beautiful. That’s a cop
out and a stupid answer. God’s not that stupid. He doesn’t work that ignorantly. In the one instance
Jesus had revelation to minister just to that one person. In this particular instance Jesus Christ never
had any revelation. By the way, this was not the first time that Peter and John went by him. Why did
they not minister to him earlier? No revelation. But today is the day.
I do not know what it is that brings a man or a woman to that point of decision where it is there,
when it could just as easily have been there a year before as far as God is concerned. But why is it
that it takes some so long to get to this point? I don’t know. I am sure Jesus Christ would have been
delighted to heal him had it been the time, as far as the man was concerned, because it’s always
God’s time. God’s time is always a now. Man’s time, many times, is future. But when man in the
future gets to the now time, God is now presently available to meet that need. Here was this man who
saw Peter and John and he asked alms.
Acts 3:4
“and” - but
“Peter, fastening his eyes upon him” - This means a lot more than just casting a glance over. It tells
me that he had revelation. Peter fastened his eyes. He looked straight at him, straight In the eyes. Get
the word “fastened” – tied to. So did John.
“Look on us.” - Peter said to the man, “Look on us. Quit trying to be so humble by begging alms. Get
your eyes up. Quit looking down, look up.” And Peter said, “look at us.” Boy, what a revelation. First
time in the history of the Christian church that this comes to pass, Because God in Christ is in Peter
and John, so when they look at Peter and they see Peter with the greatness of that Word living in him,
they see the living Christ. When they look at John, they see the living Christ. And we’ve got to again
let people see that living Christ.
Peter said to look at us, and boy, what a tremendous thing, because until people see the Christ in you,
you will never be able to deliver or help people. As long as they look half way at the world, half way
at you, you’re never going to get the job done. People have to start looking at you. Well, bless God;
give them something to look at. Stand up, throw your shoulders back, and walk like a man or woman
of God. Peter and John walked toward that temple with the spring of God in their souls. You have to
get people’s attention before you can help them. Before you can minister God’s Word you have to
get their attention or you are just spinning your wheels. Before you can set people free, you have to
get their attention. If they do not believe that you can do it, you cannot do it. (reference made to
Matthew 17:14-21 or Mark 9:17-29)
This looking on us is not an ego trip. It’s the truth of the greatness of God’s Word. Men and women
have to have confidence in your ability to heal them with the God in Christ in you. Understand? If
they do not believe that, you can’t do a thing for them. That’s right.
Acts 3:5
“he gave heed unto them” - He looked at them, but his expectation was far below par. He needed
healing, but he expected at this time to only receive alms.
Some, place between verse 5 and verse 6 is a full length sermon, full length teaching.
“receive” – lambano – which is the matter of giving alms.
Acts 3:6
“Silver and gold have I none” - They love that one, because now we can have a whole group of
priests who have renounced everything, the poverty gang, the St. Peter’s heralds. There is a group
that absolutely declares that they don’t own anything, and they do it based on this scripture, that they
own no material things.
Peter was not poverty stricken. He just said, “silver and gold have I none.” Just because you don’t
have any money with you tonight, that doesn’t mean that you are poverty stricken. Where were Peter
and John going? To the temple. What were they going to do? Pray. You were not allowed to carry
any money into the temple to do that. It’s an old rabbinical law. He just left his wallet home. The
devilish teaching that Peter and John were poverty stricken is contrary to God’s Word. (reference to
Psalm 37:25)
The pope made an emperor stand outside in the snow barefoot. The records indicate that the pope
said to him, that Peter and those had to say silver and gold have I none, but we don’t have to say that;
just look over here in the Vatican. The emperor said, neither can you say, “In the name of Jesus
Christ rise up and walk.”
Silver and gold have I none - not because they were poverty stricken but because they were on their
way to the temple to pray. The man sat there for alms.
Now, if this is true rabbinically, and I know it is, why would they have laid the man at the temple
gate Beautiful asking alms? They didn’t lay him there for money. He was laid there to indicate his
poverty, his spiritual in-depth need, so to speak. Physically he needed something. And, of course,
most of the teaching of those days by the spiritualists was that if you were crippled from your
mother’s womb, you must have done some-thing very badly in the previous incarnation. Remember,
the rulers of the temple were born of the seed of the serpent. (John 8:44) That group has always
taught reincarnation. All spiritualism teaches reincarnation. And therefore, this fellow in the previous
incarnation, something must have been radically wrong, that’s why he was born this way. So now to
show how badly he felt he had to sit around with his tin cup.
“such as I have give I thee” - You can’t give anything if you don’t have it. In the ministry of healing,
which this is, in operation, the man ministering has to always give of himself. A woman walked up to
Jesus Christ and stole her healing. (Mark 5:25-34 or Luke 8:43-48) The Word says she followed in
the press behind and reached out and just touched the hem of his garment, and immediately she was
made whole. It was revelation, not the touch of the hem of his garment that he felt. She had just
reached up believing that if she touched the hem of his garment she would be made whole. It says in
the text that Jesus felt “virtue” going out of him. The word “virtue” is dunamis, power. Never is there
a time when somebody believes for deliverance from you that it doesn’t cost you something in your
life to give. You have to give for them to receive. That’s part of the law of deliverance. Their
believing will draw it out of you, but your believing works with theirs in order to bring it to top
fruition. It’s really something.
“In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk” - That’s an impossibility because, number
one; the man came lame from his woman’s womb. Secondly; Nazareth is a defamed city. Can any
good thing come out of Nazareth? All strikes against the man. It’s really something.
Proverbs 3:27
When it’s in the power of your hand to do it; like here in Acts. Don’t withhold it if you have
revelation. Do it!
“In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth” - in that name - Acts 2:38 – “baptized in the name of Jesus
Christ.” Acts 2:22 – “Jesus of Nazareth, a Man approved of God” – impossible – no good thing
comes out of Nazareth. Maybe it’s impossible with people but it’s not impossible with God.
What a fantastic thing. In the name - what name? Jesus, the Christ. It puts the Word “Jesus” first
because it emphasizes his humility, his earthliness, and that’s exactly where the man needed healing,
right here upon earth. That’s where our savior is to deliver people. Jesus Christ of Nazareth. It never
says Christ Jesus of Nazareth, as far as I know, in the Word. The Christ part is the heavenly part.
Jesus is the earthly part. The two are put together here in a remarkable way. In the name of Jesus
Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. This is inspired utterance. This is not tongues with
interpretation. This is a man having revelation and just inspired utterance. He just simply said, in the
name of Jesus Christ rise up and walk.
Acts 3:7
“he took him by right, hand and lifted him up” - This is inspired action. Peter took him by the right
hand; inspired action. You never grab anybody in healing unless you have revelation. You don’t lay
hands on people if you don’t have revelation. God showed Peter everything in a moment of time and
there he is ministering. He lays the Word until he builds believing enough for the man to be
delivered. He lifted him up.
“immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.” - Boy, imagine healed in a name that is a
defamed type of name, of Nazareth, yet in that name he was healed. People laugh at the name of
Jesus Christ today, and all they get is the consequences. We believe and get the results of that name.
Let them have the consequences. Some of us would rather go the other route.
Acts 3:8
If this would occur in our meetings today they would call the psychiatrists; do something to throw
you out. Couldn’t afford to get that excited about your deliverance. Here is a man only physically
delivered and look what he did. He leaped up, stood, walked, praised God, etc. When we get born
again of God’s spirit and filled with the holy spirit in manifestation, people think we are a little
“rocky” if we sing loud. It certainly is a lot bigger when you are dead in trespasses and sins, to get
born again, than it is to get an ankle bone put in. This man only had an ankle bone put in and he had
the audacity to defame that famous temple by walking and leaping in it and praising God. He was a
good Pentecostal or something; “holy” jumper. I suppose if you were about 40 years old and had
never walked you’d be happy. Why can’t we be just as happy, and happier, when we are born again
of God’s spirit because we were dead and now we’re alive? Boy, you see how we’ve been talked out
of the greatness of the new birth and what it is all about. Boy, when you are first born again you sure
like to go out and tell everybody because you are hotter than a firecracker. When you are born again
of God’s spirit you want to tell it. Don’t ever deny a person the joy and enthusiasm of believing and
sharing the greatness of God’s Word. They’ll grow up soon enough. Let them have the fun of
children holding forth the greatness of the Word. And the life is down in that children’s level
anyway. Everybody wants to get so intellectual after being born again. You have to learn more so no
one will back you against the wall and pin your ears back. Shoot, you’d look real pretty with your
ears pinned back.
Acts 3:9
“All the people saw him” – that’s the worst part. Oh my goodness!
Acts 3:10
They knew who it was and were filled with wonder and amazement.
Acts 3:11
“held Peter and John” – You know; went right along with him.