Summary: In this passage the healing of the lame man pictures the conversion of a lost sinner.
"Healing of the Lame Man"
Text: Acts 3:1-10
-In the passage account of the healing of the lame man.
-We are going to look at this passage not doctrinally but devotionally.
-I believe in the passage that the healing of the lame man pictures the conversion of a lost sinner.
I. The Christians - v. 1
*Peter & John - Their attention or focus are on the things of the Lord.
*They Christian characteristics:
1) Displayed - Unity, harmony, fellowship - "went up together"
*Important to remember most of our Christian service is done together & not alone.
-Jesus sent out the disciples two by two in the towns & villages to witness.
-We must remember that we are many members in one body, the body of Christ.
-No one better than the other.
-In fact, the Bible tells us "we are to esteem others more highly than ourselves"
2) Notice the purpose Peter & John being together.
*v.1 - "went up together into the temple"
*They were going to church
*Not the ballgame; not the movies; not the beer hall; - Amen!!!
*Their fellowship centered around the things of GOD and man.
3) Notice - why Peter & John went to church.
*v. 1 - "at the hour of prayer"
*They were going to a good old fashion "prayer meeting" - Amen!
*Didn’t go to church to play BINGO.
*Didn’t go to church for aerobic exercises.
*Didn’t go to church for some yard sale or bazzar.
*They were going to church to pray, mean business with God.
*Peter & John were men of prayer.
*As we continue down through the passage, we will see the results of two
men meaning business with the things of God.
II. The Condemned - v. 2
*"certain man lame from his mother’s womb"
*lame man pictures the sinner condemned even before birth.
*In Psalm 51:5, David said, "Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me."
*Why is a person condemned before even being born?
*Romans 5:12 - Gives us the answer (Read).
*"one man" = Adam.
*Because of Adam’s fall in the garden of Eden, all are born with a sin nature.
*All are condemned to spend eternity in a lake of fire.
*Romans 6:23 - "For wages of sin is death..."
III. The Condition - v. 2
*"lame" - man was lame
*"was carried" - man was helpless
*He couldn’t go anywhere unless he was literally carried.
*"ask alms" - he was a beggar
*He counted on others for his existence.
*This man’s condition pictures the unsaved sinner.
*Totally spiritually bankrupt.
*A spiritual pauper
*Dead in tresspasses and sins unable to move.
*He was dependent on the goodness and mercy of man (good works of others)
& not God.
*As we are told that he "was carried"
*He trusted in man not God for his daily supply - "ask alms"
*In the Old Testament, man that was lame was looked down upon by others.
*He was an outcast because views as deserving of affliction because of his sin.
*Old Testament - Physical & material prosperity dependent upon right relationship with God.
*Notice, his position to the temple
-Outside the temple at the gate.
*Temple pictures the dwelling place of God.
*Today, in the age of grace, the Christian’s body is the temple.
*This lame man pictures the lost sinner, without Christ.
*His position is outside the church, the body of Christ.
*SEE EPH. 2:13 - He was "far off"
IV. The Cure
A. Temporary - vs. 3-5
1) "asked an alms" - v.3
*Lame man asking for money.
*Only temporary solution - not permanent.
*He may receive enough money to maybe buy food for the day, week, etc.
*It may ease his suffering a little.
*But wouldn’t change his condition - still be lame
*Only a temporary cure or solution at best.
*Man made solution.
*Notice he "asked an alms"
*He sought his help, his relief from man, Peter & John, not God.
*What This Pictures
-The sinner trying to solve his sin problem by earthly means.
-Trying to find the cure for his problem through man made efforts.
*ILLUSTRATIONS: - Man Made Solutions
-Adam & Eve - sewed aprons made out of fig leaves.
-Cain brought an offering of the ground.
*Any effort of man to solve his sin problem comes short of the glory of God.
*"asked an alms" is a good work.
*The Bible tells us the sinner’s good works, his self-righteousness "are as filthy rags" in the sight of a holy God.
2) Pete told the lame man in v. 4 "Look on us"
3) Notice the response of the lame man in v. 5
*He did what Peter told him to do.
*"expecting to receive something of them"