Peter speaks – continued

Then, Peter closes this part of his remarks:

By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has completely healed him, as you can all see. (3:15)

With this verse, Peter does something we should take careful notice of, for he places this miracle squarely at the feet of faith in Christ. Again, the Apostles are taking no credit whatever for what has happened, and he is presenting this in a very persuasive way by making multiple references to the parts of the story that they all already knew, as though he is doing nothing more than filling in a few holes so they will understand not only what has just taken place, but what they all saw and heard several weeks earlier concerning Jesus. In the next part of his remarks, Peter will continue to elaborate on this theme.

For us today reading these verses, there is an attitude about the workings of God that we would do well to imitate, for while we may not have been part of anything quite as dramatic as this, we may well be involved in the working of the Holy Spirit both in our lives, and though us in the lives of other people. It is very easy, and I tell you this from personal experience, to see the Spirit working through us in some way, and then to get the feeling that we are pretty cool, that we have done some good and clever thing. Yet we must not surrender to such childish thinking, for it is the Spirit who changes lives, it is the Spirit who uplifts others, and not any of us. Yet such occurrences do give us the opportunity to let others come to recognize what has happened, so that they too may come to discern His glorious works.


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