Summary: The apostle Peter said to a lifelong crippled man, “Such as I have give I thee.” Then he ministered miraculous healing to the man. What did Peter “have” to work such a great healing? You’ll see that God makes those same things available to you.
The man begging at the temple gate had been lame from birth. As Peter and John walked by, the man asked for alms. Peter replied, “Silver and gold I don’t have.” In other words, sorry, I don’t have money to offer you.
But Peter replied that he had something far better to offer the lame man — “Such as I have give I thee.” Then he ministered God’s instant, miraculous healing to the lame man, who immediately rose and walked, then began leaping and praising God. Picture it! What a scene! Others nearby knew of this man who had lain there lame day after day to beg, and they “were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him” (vs. 10).
And that is our intention today—to see what “had happened to him” and how. Let’s summarize:
What was behind this great healing miracle? The answer lies in Peter’s “such as I have.” Let’s investigate in the Scriptures. We’re going to see a pattern there, showing that what Peter “had” is available to any Christian believer! Yes, the source of power to see the sick healed, the lame walk, demons cast out, and many other supernatural spiritual gifts and ministries is available to all believers.
You have the opportunity to receive all that Peter meant in his “such as I have.” Let’s see.
Peter had spent 3-1/2 years with Jesus during Christ’s public ministry. Just before Jesus’ crucifixion Peter and the other disciples heard Jesus prophesy of the Holy Spirit, “He dwells with you and will be in you” (John 14:17, NKJV).
Exactly as prophesied, after His resurrection from the grave Jesus appeared to them and “breathed on them and said, 'Receive the Holy Spirit'” (John 20:22). Theologians are generally in agreement that this was the moment when the Holy Spirit entered into those believers in Christ and gave them new birth, the “born again” experience of which Jesus had spoken, and by which they did (and we can) enter the kingdom of God as “sons and daughters” of God (2 Corinthians 6:18).
This being “born again” (what theology books call regeneration) is the very starting point of everyone’s new life as a Christian and child of God. Peter and John had that, and so can you and everyone on earth who chooses to obey God and to “turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus” (Acts 20:21). As the closing chapter of the Bible says, “Whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely” (Revelation 22:17, KJV).
Peter had heard the Lord give these commands in what is called The Great Commission for all believers throughout the Church Age that we are in. Peter obeyed, saying to the lame man, “such as I have give I thee:
The Gospels had already shown the awesome power of Jesus’ name. For example, some disciples returned from ministering, exclaiming to Jesus, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name” (Luke 10:17). Peter knew quite well the immense power of ministering in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. And he put that power into action, invoking that name over the crippled man and seeing him immediately healed.
My fellow believers, you too have that wonderful name of Jesus in which to pray and to minister. The Lord's name is one of the great sources of divine power for God’s people to call upon. And that leads us to another indispensable source of power for ministry.
Just before Jesus ascended back to heaven (Luke 24:50-53), He instructed His apostles and disciples to wait in Jerusalem (also commanded in Acts 1:4) “until” they received something more that they needed: “power from on high” — not from their natural abilities. Keep in mind that these men had already been trained extensively by Jesus. They were already born again, as we saw in #1 above (John 20:22). But Jesus still told them to wait for the reception of power from heaven. Not the new birth by the Holy Spirit (which they had already received), but power by the Holy Spirit.
That Holy Ghost-given power came on that first New Testament Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4), exactly as Jesus had promised in Acts 1:8. Those born-again, highly-trained followers of Jesus were baptized with/filled with the Holy Spirit of God. And just as the Lord had promised (1:8), they received dynamic, God-given power to be effective witnesses for Jesus Christ, even “to the ends of the earth.” We 21st-century believers are still fulfilling that Great Commission to the ends of the earth. And we, like Peter and John, still need that power-giving baptism of the Holy Spirit today. It is part of Peter's “such as I have” that every Christian should be receiving from the Lord and using in ministry to others.
When the lame man, now healed, was leaping and praising God, a crowd came together. Peter took that occasion to speak to the crowd about how the man was healed: “
Look closely at the wording of Peter’s inspired statement. 1) the healing came in the name of Jesus. 2) It came by faith in that name. And 3) that very faith itself “comes
Each of you, born again by the Holy Spirit … and filled/baptized with the Spirit … and calling upon the name of the Lord … will find the Lord Jesus Himself (vs. 17) putting sufficient faith in your heart to see powerful healings (or other ministry needs) happen. You don’t have to search around to stir up faith. Just look sincerely and directly to Jesus and His Word the Bible for “the faith that comes through Him.” He will gladly and graciously grant it to you.
Peter knew he had some things which would enable the lame man to be healed. You likewise, you followers of the Lord Jesus Christ in our 21st century, can have the same things for ministry that Peter had. His “such as I have” can be yours too.
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