And it came to pass, as Peter passed throughout all quarters, he came down also to the saints which dwelled at Lydda.…
Introduction to what is about to be described - the extension of the apostolic ministry to the Gentiles. "Peter went through all quarters," i.e. where there were already Churches of believers. The general superintendence of the apostles was not in the way of despotic rule, but brotherly guidance. Situation of Lydda on the way to Joppa and so to Caesarea. But Peter's intention went no further than Joppa, i.e. not beyond the limits of present fellowship. The Holy Ghost leads him further. The healing of the palsied AEneas a sign to the neighborhood.
I. JESUS CHRIST THE SUBSTANCE OF THE APOSTLE'S MINISTRY. The servant behind the Master.
II. THE TESTIMONY OF MAN ACCOMPANIED BY THE POWER OF GOD. Miracles were accessory as proclaiming the kingdom of Christ in distinction from a mere message of preachers. AEneas the healed man would preach the Word with power.
III. THE RAPID SPREAD OF THE GOSPEL IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD A WITNESS TO THE APOSTOLIC AUTHORITY OF PETER. They "turned to the Lord," but were doubtless introduced to the Church through the apostle. The record is preserved that Peter's position may be understood. There is no necessity to accept the Roman Catholic view of Peter's supremacy; but it is necessary to maintain the apostolic guidance and leadership of the early Church, otherwise the New Testament itself loses its authority. - R.
Parallel VersesKJV: And it came to pass, as Peter passed throughout all quarters, he came down also to the saints which dwelt at Lydda.