Friday, June 8, 2007

Bits & Pieces: Faith (4)

"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," (Acts 3:16).

* Upon the healing of the lame beggar, Peter addresses the amazed crowd that gathered, directing their attention to the Lord Jesus. He teaches that the faith we have is both a gift, and the basis for healing. However great a faith the Lord has given us, we are to exert it in His name.

* In this verse Peter turns the healing of a lame beggar into an opportunity to preach the Lord Jesus. He teaches that faith is sovereignly given by God, and then exercised by men. Thus, we can claim no credit when God heals, for even the faith we have is from Him.

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