The Second Sermon of the Church

Acts 3:12
Author: Philip Harrelson
Topics: Abraham, Herod's Temple, Israel, Josephus, Pilate, Solomon's Porch
Series: Acts - Life in the Spirit, Bible Study Series


Acts 3:12-18 KJV  And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk?  [13]  The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go.  [14]  But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you;  [15]  And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.  [16]  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.  [17]  And now, brethren, I wot that through ignorance ye did it, as did also your rulers.  [18]  But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled.


This passage opens immediately after the miracle of the lame man.  Peter now preaches his second sermon to those who had gathered at Solomon’s porch.   Josephus mentions a porch in his writings that was associated with Herod’s Temple.  Solomon worked at great cost on the other three sides of the Temple by filling up and leveling the area so the walls of the Temple could be built.  It was a preserved for the sake of the heritage of those who lived in Jerusalem.  The Temple upon its completion could have rivaled the so-called wonders of the world.

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