Our next stop in the Acts finds Peter and John in chapter 3. God again uses an astonishing event to get the attention of those who need to hear the good news about Christ. A lame man is healed by the Lord and Peter makes it clear that it was by the power, and in the name of Jesus, that this man was made whole. Then Peter begins to preach to the people.
His message was much like the one he preached in Acts 2. He accused them of murder and then powerfully preached the ressurection of Jesus. “But you denied the Holy One and the Just, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, and killed the Prince of life, whom God raised from the dead, of which we are witnesses. And His name, through faith in His name, has made this man strong, whom you see and know. Yes, the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.” Acts 3:14-16. This is exactly the same way we are now healed from our sin sickness, By”His name, through faith in His name” we are made pure. Peter contintues in verse 19 commanding ” Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out…” He made it clear that the responsiblity of man is to “hear” Jesus according to the prophets and those who do not “hear” Him will
be cut off. Acts 3:22-24.
Then in the early verses of Acts 4 Peter and John are arrested for preaching through Christ the ressurection from the dead and were put in jail for the night. Then the 4th verse says,”However, many of those who heard the word believed; and the number of the men came to be about five thousand.” What a great harvest!
Again, Peter preached Christ’s death, burial and resurrection and many of the hearers responded by putting their faith in Jesus and were saved. (about 5,000 men) It is safe I think to assume that those who were saved were then immediately baptised, that is the New Testament pattern, but so far as the scriptural record, baptism was not a condition of their salvation. Peter said “repent and be converted“, but never mentioned any other condition.
The same message preached in 2007, preached in the power of the Holy Spirit, will get the same sort of results. Neither the method or the message has changed. Through Jesus’ name, and faith in His name, we can be made whole just as these 1st Century men who “believed”.
Grace to you,