Summary: When we know the whole story about the human condition, we can fully appreciate how good the Good News really is.
Overview of last week. Overview of chapter: set the drama.
From "happy ship church" to crashing on waves of persecution.
The events of chapter 3 will lead directly to persecution. Peter and John get arrested for this healing and their preaching.
Healing of the Lame Beggar (v. 1--10)
There is a huge crowd, Peter preaches a sermon (v. 11) While the lame beggar clung to Peter and John, all the people, utterly astounded, ran together to them in the portico called Solomon’s.
V. 13-15 Describes what they did--they had delivered Jesus over and denied him in the presence of Pilate, asked for a murderer instead, and killed the author of life, whom God raised from the dead.
"To this we are witnesses" (v. 15)
"you acted in ignorance." (V. 17)
What is Peter doing?
2 main things:
1. Bad news; 2. Good news
I. Bad News
He is preaching the bad news before the good news; the law before the gospel.
Asking them to admit this bad news, submit to it and then repent.
But why should they submit to this bad news, and admit their guilt? Because of God’s authority!
V.18, Key verse: "But what God foretold by the mouth of all the prophets, that this Christ would suffer, he thus fulfilled. "
God foretold; it was God who has written the Scriptures that the people in Acts 2 are observing. Peter is asking the crowd to submit to this authority, the authority of God who foretells the acts of history, whose revelation has broken into OUR STORY here on earth. He is asking them to bend their will to His.
Notice how Peter starts his sermon with the bad news--he wants them to feel their guilt, shame and sin. He is preaching what Calvinists call the Law.
Even back then people did not want to admit their sin, or that God was the Author of life.
Example of Jesse
He is an anarchist. Does not really believe in ethics.
The modern world does not want "right" or "wrong," but as soon as they are wronged they appeal to justice. As soon as you give up truth you should have no right to be angry at anyone for doing wrong.
Peter shows us two things about this kind of truth.
(V.18) "But what God foretold by the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ would suffer, he thus fulfilled."
It is possible to find final truth.
He does not say that they foretold but that God foretold.
(4:25,26) "who through the mouth of our father David, your servant, said by the Holy Spirit,
"’Why did the Gentiles rage,
and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers were gathered together,
against the Lord and against his Anointed’ "
Words of God through David
They kept their personality, but it is clear that God spoke through them via the Holy Spirit. Psalm 2 is the word of God through David. The Bible is truth from God.
Why is this important that Scripture is truth from God not just about God?
Answer: There will not be greatness or wholeness in your life if you don’t have a Bible that is true, which you have to obey.
People want values, but must discover them by themselves.
Illustration: song lyrics from book on tape (One Night in Frog Town)