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Study Series: NTC
Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the ninth hour, the hour of prayer. And a man who had been lame from his mother's womb was being carried along, whom they used to set down every day at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, in order to beg alms of those who were entering the temple. When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple, he began asking to receive alms. But Peter, along with John, fixed his gaze on him and said, "Look at us!" And he began to give them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. But Peter said, "I do not possess silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene -- walk!" And seizing him by the right hand, he raised him up; and immediately his feet and his ankles were strengthened. With a leap he stood upright and began to walk; and he entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God; and they were taking note of him as being the one who used to sit at the Beautiful Gate of the temple to beg alms, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him. (Acts 3:1-10, NASB)
Day after day the man positioned himself at the gate - the Beautiful gate. He could very well see the people coming and going from the temple, anticipating as they came, and as they left, refreshed. But he settled for less. Day after day, perhaps year after year he sat in the same place, stagnant as it would be, taking in a little here and there from the work God was doing in others' lives but refusing to take any initiative of his own, lame not only in his feet but to the truth. Surely he could see that a better life was waiting for him 'beyond the gate' - or was he possibly blind as well? Maybe he had become comfortable - or perhaps he had become lazy, dependent on others and who knows, possibly blaming others for his circumstances. Maybe to this man, Peter and John were just another couple of guys entering the temple - or maybe not? Quite possibly his eyes were enlightened to see the Christ that was now living in Peter and John. Either way, he was asking for help - an immediate remedy for his misfortune... once again. This time was different however... when Peter and John told the man to look at them, he began to give them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. What he received was more than he ever could have imagined - or asked for. With a leap he stood upright and began to walk; and he entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. (Acts 3:8 NASB)
Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21 NASB)
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