Acts 3:8
He sprang to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and leaping and praising God.
Practical GratitudeQuesnel.Acts 3:8
PraiseC. H. Spurgeon.Acts 3:8
Praise Breaking ForthA. Maclaren.Acts 3:8
Thankfulness ExceptionalActs 3:8
Thanksgiving ExpressedActs 3:8
The Gate BeautifulF. W. Brown.Acts 3:8
The Healed Man's Activity and GratitudePres. Woolsey.Acts 3:8
The Responsibilities of the SavedJ. W. Burn.Acts 3:8
Helplessness and HealingW. Clarkson Acts 3:1-10
The Apostles Workers of MiraclesR.A. Redford Acts 3:1-10
The Healing of the Lame ManE. Johnson Acts 3:1-10
A Picture of Sin and SalvationC. H. Spurgeon.Acts 3:1-11
Alleviations of the Hardest LotC. S. Robinson, D. D.Acts 3:1-11
Hours of PrayerDean Plumptre.Acts 3:1-11
Love for WorshipActs 3:1-11
Miraculous FaithC. Gerok.Acts 3:1-11
Peter and JohnDean Plumptre.Acts 3:1-11
Peter and JohnRieger.Acts 3:1-11
Public WorshipLechler.Acts 3:1-11
Spiritual Co-OperationG. V. Lechler, D. D.Acts 3:1-11
Spiritual LamenessJ. McNeil.Acts 3:1-11
The Apostles and the Beggar Model of Christian Care of the PoorC. Gerok.Acts 3:1-11
The Cripple and His HealersT. Kelly.Acts 3:1-11
The First Apostolic MiracleW. Hudson.Acts 3:1-11
The First MiracleG. T. Stokes, D. D.Acts 3:1-11
The Healing of the Lame ManJ. Parker, D. D.Acts 3:1-11
The Hour of PrayerW. P. Thirkkield.Acts 3:1-11
The House of GodActs 3:1-11
The Impotent ManB. Beddome, M. A.Acts 3:1-11
The Lame Man At the Gate of the TempleJ. Cynddylan Jones, D. D.Acts 3:1-11
The Lance Man HealedJ. Parker, D. D.Acts 3:1-11
The Miracle At the Beautiful GateC. S. Robinson, D. D.Acts 3:1-11
The Miracle At the Beautiful Gate -- as a FactD. Thomas, D. D.Acts 3:1-11
The Proper Hour of WorshipActs 3:1-11
We Should have Set Places for the Worship of GodActs 3:1-11
Why Do Christians Go to ChurchH. C. Trumbll, D. D.Acts 3:1-11
The Power of Christ's NameR. Tuck Acts 3:6, 16
Then Peter said, etc. Introduction. The whole scene suggestive on the subject of the state of man. The contrast between the man lying in squalid misery at the gate of the temple and the splendors of the religious edifice. What was that religion which could bear to see such sights daily, and had no message for the poor? All gospels must be tried by this test: preach them to the poor. The men who wrought the miracle had learnt to cast themselves on God for the things of this world. They were as poor as the beggar, yet rich in the gifts of God. They had access to the Church's offerings, yet, with a very unpriest-like self-denial, could say they had nothing. At the gate of the temple, at the hour of prayer, learn this great lesson of Divine endowment and prosperity.

I. A great example of PERSONAL, WEALTH. "Such as I have." What was it? The Holy Ghost filling all the nature. Consider the two men, Peter and John. What wealth of knowledge, insight, power over the souls of others! Even in external aspects, the results upon the life of the world traceable to these two names, immeasurable; yet they were both fishermen of Galilee. What they had had been given them by God. The endowment which enabled them to heal one whom the world could not lift up. Surely an infinitely greater gift to be able to work such works than any of those distinctions of literary genius or artistic skill which the world so extravagantly rewards. Such wealth is ours as believers, in greater or less degree - a wealth which no man can take from us, which grows by prayer and effort, which cannot die with us; "their works do follow them." The Church should seek this wealth of the Spirit, not, as the false Church has done, the wealth that perishes, lest the money should perish with it.

II. An impressive illustration of GOD'S METHOD OF LIFTING UP THE WOUND from its ruin. Show that both Church and State have failed. The temple may have beautiful gates, but be full of hideous idolatry and shame. The State may abound in silver and gold, and yet present to the eye such lamentable pictures of helplessness, revealing its own impotence, as the poor mendicant, daily passed by at the most public place and the most sacred place of the city. The present aspect of both the professedly religions world and the social condition of our great populations demand a confession of man's inability to produce a really happy society. Here there is:

1. The Name of Jesus Christ proclaimed as the new power that is wanted, as a redemption of the world from sin, setting spiritual life at the root of all other life, healing the miseries of men with compassion and wonderful works, promising the entire renovation both of body and soul in another world.

2. The true Church holds the lever in its hand by which the world shall be lifted up. We want the two apostles, the Petrine spirit of faith, the Johannine spirit of love. We must speak clearly and without reserve, in the Name of Christ, not in the name of ecclesiastical power and ritualistic display, to the poorest, and without greed of filthy lucre; and we must prepare to put forth such energy and gifts as we have, all alike, and in the spirit of fellowship; then we shall fill the world with praise, and the lame man shall leap as a hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing (see Isaiah 35., as a prediction of the Church's power over the world). The message is individual to the rich and to the poor, "Rise up and walk." No life is true life which is not blessed of God. - R.

And he leaping up stood.
The evangelist describes minutely the actions of the lame man as soon as he began to believe that he was healed. First he leaped forth, releasing himself from the hold of Peter, or leaped up, as if trying the strength of his muscle; then he stood on his feet for the first time in his life, and walked around, to see whether the same power of walking belonged to him which all that were about had. But the pen of the writer, not content with this, adds graphically, "And he entered with them," unwilling to be separated from the instruments of his cure, "into the temple," practising his newly acquired powers without the ability to restrain himself, now walking, now leaping, and all the while praising God. "Then did the lame man leap as an hart." He was of another kind from the nine lepers, who never looked back to give thanks to the Lord Jesus.

(Pres. Woolsey.)

They who have witnessed our frailties should also attest our conversion and gratitude. Our gratitude is false and of no avail unless accompanied with newness of life; and this cannot endure long if our thankful sense of the grace to which we owe our deliverance declines.


Sin has reduced the ,soul to a state of impotence. It has not destroyed the soul's powers, but only disabled them. When a man is saved, therefore, his crippled powers are straightened and strengthened, and his new vocation is to use them.


1. Faith. This exists in every soul, but is dormant or perverted. Christ straightens it out and empowers it as an eye to see, a hand to grasp Him and heavenly things.

2. Love. No man is destitute of this: but it is wrenched away from its highest Object, who is its true life, and rests upon unworthy objects often, on secondary objects at best whom it cannot love fully, because unrecruited by the love of God. "We love (R.V.) because He first loved us." Salvation largely consists in the conversion of the heart, the turning of all the affections to Christ, by whom they are invigorated and sanctified, and made to flow in worthy channels.

3. The will. Paul has given us a graphic picture of what that is in the natural man (Romans 7.) and what Christ makes it (Romans 8. and his own life).

4. The active powers. These again are paralysed for all spiritual purposes, but energetic enough in the cause of evil — the tongue: how silent for God, how glib for self or for folly or sin! the hands, how idle for God, how active in other causes! Christ restores these to their true uses, and consecrates them to the service of God.

II. THE RESTORED FACULTIES MUST BE EMPLOYED. Otherwise they will fall into their old decrepitude. Had the lame man returned to his haunt, and neglected to use his limbs, those limbs would soon have become helpless once more. To neglect faith, love, resolution and work for God is to forfeit them. The action of the healed man may illustrate the manner in which our restored faculties are to be employed.

1. With alacrity, "leaping up."

2. Progressively, "walked."

3. In union with the Church, "entered with them into the temple."

4. Thankfully, "praising God."

(J. W. Burn.)

Wherever God's grace is discerned, and His love is welcomed, there praise breaks forth, as surely as streams pour from the cave of the glacier when the sun of summer melts it, or earth answers the touch of spring with flowers.

(A. Maclaren.)



III. THE SCRIBES TRANSFORMATION OF POPULAR INDIFFERENCE INTO ABOUNDING AMAZEMENT. The gospel had been applied, put to the test, and had succeeded in a superhuman manner.

1. It had come into positive contact with poverty and suffering.

2. It had exalted the whole nature of the man.

3. It had set the man on a new course of life.

(F. W. Brown.)

A Christian man ought to be like a horse that has bells on his head, so that he cannot go anywhere without ringing them and making a noise. His whole life should be a psalm, every step should be in harmony, every thought should constitute a note, every word he utters should be a component part of the joyful psalm. It is a blessed thing to see a Christian going about his business like the high-priest of old, who wherever he went made music with the golden bells.

(C. H. Spurgeon.)

It is said of a lately deceased benefactor of a Western college in the United States that, on a recent commencement day, a lady stepped up to him and said, "Governor Hardin, I wish to thank you for this splendid college, and to say that my daughters, who graduate to-day, owe you a debt of gratitude they can never repay." The white-haired old man broke down, and, while the tears filled his eyes, he faltered out, "Madam, you are the first person to express such a sentiment to me." How many men who secure scholarships and fellowships, or receive other benefactions, ever think of or thank the generous givers?

"When a boy," said a prominent member of a church, "I was much helped by Bishop Hamline, who visited at a house where I was. Taking me aside, the Bishop said, 'When in trouble, my boy, kneel down and ask God's help; but never climb over the fence into the devil's ground and then kneel down and ask help. Pray from God's side of the fence.'" "Of that," said he, "I have thought every day of my life since." Continuing, he remarked, "Sanford Cobb, the missionary to Persia, helped me in another way. Said he, 'Do you ever feel thankful when God blesses you?' 'Always.' 'Did you ever tell Him so?' 'Well, I don't know that I have.' 'Well, try it, my young friend, try it, try it. Tell Him so; tell Him aloud; tell Him so that you are sure you will hear it yourself.' That was a new revelation. I found that I had been only glad, not grateful. I have been telling Him with grateful feelings ever since, to my soul's help and comfort.''

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