In Acts 3:16 we find Peter’s revelation of how he healed the man who was lame from birth. He explains that it is on the basis of faith in the name of Jesus that caused this miracle to occur. Peter is real clear, he lets the amazed crowd that had gathered around them, know that it was not by his power that the miracle occurred, but it was faith in Jesus’ power that brought the miraculous.
So, What happened?
One day Peter and John were walking into the Temple, they so happened to see a lame man begging in the gate of the Temple in Jerusalem and stopped and starred at the man.( Footnote, here: don’t let a child of God who is full of the Holy Ghost stop and focus; stay tune, because something is about to happen!) The lame man asked for some money from them so they stopped and had the man to look at them. A lot of people were passing by the gate and he was trying to ask help from each of them, so Peter and John needed to get his undivided attention.
With power they explained to the man that they didn’t have any money but they could give him what he really needed. Before he could get disappointed by the fact that they had interrupted his soliciting flow and prevented potential donors from dropping money into his hands, Peter bellowed in a voice of authority: “In the Name of Jesus of Nazarite, get up and walk” And, as if that wasn’t enough, Peter grabbed the man by his right arm and lifted him up.
This was an amazing incident because as Peter lifted the lame man up, he jumped up and began to walk. He forgot about everything and clung to Peter and John as they went into the Temple. The man was shouting and rejoicing as he lifted up praises to God for immediately giving him the ability to walk. And the people in the Temple were astonished and were pointing him out as the one that had been lame from his mother’s womb, every since they could remember.
God still has the ability to miraculously heal today in the same way that he healed this man. But it is on the basis of faith in the name of Jesus and not based on faith in any other name. And as the people gathered around the formerly lame man standing with Peter and John, Peter began to preach Jesus and Him crucified to the people. We pick-up part of his message in verse 16 of Acts chapter 3:
“And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.”(KJV)
The NASB translates it this way:
“And on the basis of faith in His name, it is the name of Jesus which has strengthened this man whom you see and know; and the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect health in the presence of you all.” (NASB)
Peter did not mince words with the crowd that these sort of miracles only occur as men and women operate under the anointing of the Holy Spirit on the basis of faith the name of Jesus. He explained to the mesmerized crowd that this miracle was done by, through, and in the name of the one that they had recently crucified Who was the Savior of the world.
These convicting and straightforward words convinced many in the crowd that Jesus was truly the Messiah sent from God, but they did not sit well with the religious leaders. The captain of the Temple guard came with the Sadducees and had Peter and John thrown in jail to shut them up. Yet, because they preached in that name, many in the crowd believed and joined the growing crowd of believers anyway(Acts 4:4).
These acts of the Apostles show that faith in the name of Jesus has unexplained and undeniable power to change circumstances in any life. Believe in that name today, and if you have not already, ask Jesus to come into your heart and forgive your sins and save your soul. You might be amazed like the crowd in our text that witnessed the miracle how Jesus will come into your heart by the Holy Spirit and fill your soul with His joy and His peace. God Bless, A-men