Commentary Critical and Explanatory
on the Whole Bible
MAN AT THE
ADDRESS TO THE
1-11. Peter and John--already associated by their Master, first with
(Mr 1:29; 5:37; 9:2),
then by themselves
Joh 13:23, 24).
Now we find them constantly together, but John (yet young) only as a
went up--were going up, were on their way.
2. a certain man lame from his mother's womb--and now "above forty
was carried--was wont to be carried.
4, 5. Peter fastening his eyes on him with John, said, Look on us.
And he gave heed--that, through the eye, faith
might be aided in its birth.
6. Silver and gold have I none, but such as I have give I thee--What
a lofty superiority breathes in these words!
In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk--These words,
uttered with supernatural power, doubtless begat in this poor man the
faith that sent healing virtue through his diseased members.
7. And he took . . . and lifted him up--precisely what his Lord had
done to his own mother-in-law
and ankle bones, &c.--the technical language of a physician
8. leaping up, stood . . . walked . . . entered
the temple walking, leaping, and praising God--Every word here is
emphatic, expressing the perfection of the cure, as
9. all the people saw him, &c.--as they assembled at the hour of
public prayer, in the temple courts; so that the miracle had the utmost
10. they knew that it was he which sat for alms, &c.--(Compare
11. the lame man . . . held, &c.--This is human nature.
all the people ran together unto them in the porch, &c.--How vividly
do these graphic details bring the whole scene before us! Thus was Peter
again furnished with a vast audience, whose wonder at the spectacle of
the healed beggar clinging to his benefactors prepared them to listen
with reverence to his words.
12-16. why marvel at this?--For miracles are marvels only in
relation to the limited powers of man.
as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk--Neither the might nor the merit of the cure are due
to us, mere agents
of Him whom we preach.
13. The God of Abraham, &c.--(See on
hath glorified his Son Jesus--rather, "his Servant Jesus," as the
same word is rendered in
but in that high sense in which Isaiah applies it always to Messiah
(Isa 42:1; 49:6; 52:13; 53:11).
When "Son" is intended a different word is used.
whom ye delivered up, &c.--With what heroic courage does Peter here
charge his auditors with the heaviest of all conceivable crimes, and
with what terrific strength of language are these charges clothed!
15. killed the Prince of life--Glorious paradox, but how piercing to
the conscience of the auditors.
16. his name, through faith in his name, hath made this man strong,
&c.--With what skill does the apostle use the miracle both to glorify
his ascended Lord and bring the guilt of His blood more resistlessly
home to his audience!
17-21. And now, brethren--Our preacher, like his Master, "will not
break the bruised reed." His heaviest charges are prompted by love,
which now hastens to assuage the wounds it was necessary to inflict.
through ignorance ye did it--(See marginal references,
Ac 13:27; 26:9).
18. that Christ--The best manuscripts read, "that His Christ."
should suffer--The doctrine of a SUFFERING
MESSIAH was totally at
variance with the current views of the Jewish Church, and hard to digest
even by the Twelve, up to the day of their Lord's resurrection. Our
preacher himself revolted at it, and protested against it, when first
nakedly announced, for which he received a terrible rebuke. Here he
affirms it to be the fundamental truth of ancient prophecy realized
unwittingly by the Jews themselves, yet by a glorious divine ordination.
How great a change had the Pentecostal illumination wrought upon his
19. when the times of refreshing shall come--rather, "in order that
the times of refreshing may come"; that long period of repose,
prosperity and joy, which all the prophets hold forth to the distracted
Church and this miserable world, as eventually to come, and which is
here, as in all the prophets, made to turn upon the national conversion
20. he shall send Jesus Christ--The true reading is, "He shall send
your predestinated (or foreordained) Messiah, Jesus."
21. until the times--embracing the whole period between the ascension
and the second advent of Christ.
restitution of all things--comprehending, probably, the rectification
of all the disorders of the fall.
22-26. a prophet . . . like unto me--particularly
in intimacy of communication with God
and as the mediatorial Head of a new order of things
Peter takes it for granted that, in the light of all he had just said,
it would be seen at once that One only had any claim to be that
him shall ye hear in all things, &c.--This part of the prediction is
emphatically added, in order to shut up the audience to the obedience of
faith, on pain of being finally "cut off" from the congregation of the
24. foretold of these days--of Messiah; all pointing to "the time of
though with more or less distinctness.
25. Ye are the children . . . of the covenant--and so the natural
heirs of its promises.
in thy seed, &c.--(See on
26. God, having raised up--not from the dead, but having provided,
prepared, and given.
his Son Jesus--"His Servant Jesus" (see on
sent him to bless you--literally, "sent Him blessing you," as if
laden with blessing.
in turning away every one of you from his iniquities--that is,
"Hitherto we have all been looking too much for a Messiah who should
shed outward blessings upon the nation generally, and through it upon
the world. But we have learned other things, and now announce to you
that the great blessing with which Messiah has come laden is the turning
away of every one of you from his iniquities." With what divine skill
does the apostle, founding on resistless facts, here drive home to the
conscience of his auditors their guilt in crucifying the Lord of Glory;
then soothe their awakened minds by assurances of forgiveness on turning
to the Lord, and a glorious future as soon as this shall come to pass,
to terminate with the Personal Return of Christ from the heavens whither
He has ascended; ending all with warnings, from their own Scriptures, to
submit to Him if they would not perish, and calls to receive from Him
the blessings of salvation.