3:1 One day Peter and John were going up [perhaps suggests climbing the steps which led up into the temple] to the temple at the time of prayer [Jews observed prayer in the morning (9:00 AM), afternoon (3:00 PM), and evening (sunset)]—at three in the afternoon [“the ninth hour” (KJV)].
3:2 Now a man crippled from birth [the man was forty years old (Acts 4:22)] was being carried [accentuates the helplessness of the man and his dependence on the kindness of others; cf. Lk. 5:18] to the temple gate called Beautiful [only Luke mentioned a gate by this name], where he was put every day to beg [probably his only means of support] from those [beggars probably believed they were more likely to receive help from religious people at the temple] going into the temple courts.
3:3 When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money.
3:4 Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us [possibly indicates that the beggar avoided looking directly at those from whom he asked alms]!”
3:5 So the man gave them his attention, expecting [expectant faith honors God and God honors expectant faith] to get something from them.
3:6 Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of [by the authority and power of] Jesus [Gr. equivalent of Heb. Joshua; means Savior] Christ [Messiah; Anointed One] of Nazareth, walk [Peter gave the man what he really needed rather than what he had asked for; the man got more than he expected (cf. Eph. 3:20-21)].”
3:7 Taking him by the right hand, he [Peter] helped him up, and instantly [the healing was immediate and complete] the man’s feet and ankles became strong [his feet and ankles had never been able to support him].
3:8 He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping [cf. Isa. 35:6], and praising God [he gave God the credit for his healing].
3:9 When all the people saw him walking and praising God [the beggar continued to give God credit for his healing],
3:10 they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.
3:11 While the beggar held on to [perhaps an indication of gratitude] Peter and John, all the people were astonished and came running to them in the place called Solomon’s Colonnade [a favorite meeting place of the early Christians (cf. Acts 5:12); ran along the length of the eastern side of the court of the Gentiles].
3:12 When Peter saw this [the astonishment of the people], he said to them [Peter took advantage of the opportunity to preach a sermon]: “Men of Israel, why does this surprise you? Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness [holiness, piety] we had made this man walk?
3:13 The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob [cf. Ex. 3:6], the God of our fathers [cf. Ex. 3:15], has glorified [honored or exalted; the purpose of the miracle] his servant Jesus [cf. Jn. 13:31-32; Phil. 2:9]. You handed him over to be killed [an event that had happened in Jerusalem only weeks earlier], and you disowned him before Pilate, though he had decided to let him go.
3:14 You disowned the Holy and Righteous One [cf. Isa. 53:11] and asked that a murderer [Barabbas; what a contrast to Jesus who was holy and righteous] be released to you [cf. Lk. 23:13-25].
3:15 You killed the author [may also be translated ruler, leader, founder] of life, but God [cf. 1 Cor. 6:14; Heb. 13:20] raised him from the dead. We [Peter, John, and others] are witnesses [cf. 1 Cor. 15:5-8] of this.
3:16 By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know [the healed man’s identity and condition was no secret] was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has given this complete healing to him, as you can all see [the man’s condition was obvious].
3:17 “Now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance [cf. Eph. 4:18], as did your leaders.
3:18 But this is how God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets [cf. Ps. 22, Isa. 50:6; Isa. 53:1-12], saying that his Christ would suffer [Jews were expecting a conquering Messiah].
3:19 Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out [erased; completely forgiven], that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,
3:20 and that he may send the Christ, who has been appointed for you—even Jesus.
3:21 He must remain in heaven until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets.
3:22 For Moses said, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you must listen to everything he tells you.
3:23 Anyone who does not listen to him will be completely cut off from among his people.’
3:24 “Indeed, all the prophets from Samuel on, as many as have spoken, have foretold these days.
3:25 And you are heirs of the prophets and of the covenant God made with your fathers. He said to Abraham, ‘Through your offspring all peoples on earth will be blessed.’
3:26 When God raised up his servant, he sent him first to you to bless you by turning each of you from your wicked ways.”