Summary: The Power of the name of the Lord does not just give us abilities to accomplish his will, but it also gives us promises that can be counted on so that we can endure during the difficult times when there seems to be little hope.
The Power of the Name – Part 2
In the name of Jesus we have Hope
The hope of Earthly Restoration
The hope of Eternal Resurrection
The hope of Spiritual Courage
Well, last week, we began talking about “The Power of the Name.”
We began looking at Peter and John and the situation of them healing the crippled beggar at the gate of the Temple.
We saw that that there is power in the name of Jesus
To give and use our gifts
To speak boldly and truthfully and
To find forgiveness and refreshment in our lives.
We are continuing on with the story today in Acts 3:21-4:22
and we will be seeing what else is available to us in the Name of Jesus.
We are going to be continuing to look at the situation of the man who was crippled and healed and the circumstances that immediately followed and what we learn through Peter’s preaching and interactions with the Jewish leaders.
I want to briefly get us up to speed in our story.
Peter and John were going to the temple.
They came upon a crippled beggar.
They heal him through the power of Jesus!
In the aftermath of this healing, they speak truthfully and boldly about the saving name of Christ and that salvation is only found in him and they talk about the forgiveness and refreshment that is available in His name
Now, I want to read again where we left off last week and then go right into the rest of the text through 4:22
17 "Now, brothers, 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 Christ 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 Christ, who has been appointed for you — even Jesus. 21 He must remain in heaven 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 among his people.'
24 "Indeed, all the prophets from Samuel on, as many as 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."
4 The priests and the captain of the temple guard and the Sadducees came up to Peter and John while they were speaking to the people. 2 They were greatly disturbed because the apostles were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead. 3 They seized Peter and John, and because it was evening, they put them in jail until the next day. 4 But many who heard the message believed, and the number of men grew to about five thousand.
5 The next day the rulers, elders and teachers of the law met in Jerusalem. 6 Annas the high priest was there, and so were Caiaphas, John, Alexander and the other men of the high priest's family. 7 They had Peter and John brought before them and began to question them: "By what power or what name did you do this?"
8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: "Rulers and elders of the people! 9 If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a cripple and are asked how he was healed, 10 then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. 11 He is
"'the stone you builders rejected, which has become the capstone.'
12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved."
13 When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. 14 But since they could see the man who had been healed standing there with them, there was nothing they could say. 15 So they ordered them to withdraw from the Sanhedrin and then conferred together. 16 "What are we going to do with these men?" they asked. "Everybody living in Jerusalem knows they have done an outstanding miracle, and we cannot deny it. 17 But to stop this thing from spreading any further among the people, we must warn these men to speak no longer to anyone in this name."