Search Bible
Click for Help   Click for QuickNav   Click for Advanced Search Options
Search KJV
Version Selector Down Arrow

Search a pre-defined list

OR Select a range of biblical books



OR Custom Selection:

Use semicolons to separate groups:
'Gen;Jdg;Psa-Mal' or 'Rom 3-12;Mat 1:15;Mat 5:12-22'

Your Bible Version is the KJV
Version Selector Up Arrow
KJV King James Version
NKJV New King James Version
NLT New Living Translation
NIV New International Version
ESV English Standard Version
CSB Christian Standard Bible
NASB New American Standard Bible
NET New English Translation
RSV Revised Standard Version
ASV American Standard Version
YLT Young's Literal Translation
DBY Darby Translation
WEB Webster's Bible
HNV Hebrew Names Version
RVR60 Reina-Valera 1960
VUL Latin Vulgate
WLC Westminster Leningrad Codex
LXX Septuagint
Go to Top
Link to This PageCite This Page
Version Selector Up Arrow
Version Selector Up Arrow

Cite this page

MLA format Copy link to clipboard

Note: MLA no longer requires the URL as part of their citation standard. Individual instructors or editors may still require the use of URLs.

APA format Copy link to clipboard
Chicago format Copy link to clipboard
Share this pageFollow the BLB
Version Selector Up Arrow

Share this page using one of these tools:




Or email this page to a friend:

Version Selector Up Arrow

Follow the Blue Letter Bible on:



Or subscribe to our Newsletter:

Printable Page
Left Contextbar EdgeLeft Contextbar Edge BackgroundRight Contextbar Edge2Prior BookPrior SectionReturn to CommentariesReturn to Author BiographyNext SectionNext BookRight Contextbar Edge2Right Contextbar Edge BackgroundRight Contextbar Edge1
Choose a new font size and typeface

Customize your font sizeIncrease your font sizeDecrease your font sizeReturn to default font size

Choose a Bible text color
Read the Bible in blackRead the Bible in dark blueRead the Bible in blue

Customize your text type
Arial font
Trebuchet MS font
Georgia font
Times New Roman font

Customize your Hebrew text type
SBL Hebrew font
Times New Roman font
Arial font

Customize your Greek text type
Gentium font
Times New Roman font
Arial font

Close font preferences
The Blue Letter Bible
BLB Searches
Search the Bible
Search KJV
Version Selector Down Arrow

Advanced Options

Search a pre-defined list

OR Select a range of biblical books



OR Custom Selection:

Use semicolons to separate groups: 'Gen;Jdg;Psa-Mal' or 'Rom 3-12;Mat 1:15;Mat 5:12-22'


Advanced Options

Exact Match
Beginning of the Word
Any Part of the Word
Theological FAQs
Multi-Verse Retrieval
Search KJV
Version Selector Down Arrow

Line-By-Line Order:
Line-By-Line Verse-Reference  Verse-Reference
Line-By-Line Reference-Verse  Reference-Verse
Line-By-Line Separate Line  Separate Line
Line-By-Line Verse Only  Verse Only
Line-By-Line Reference Only  Reference Only
Reference Delimiters:
No Reference Delimiters  None — Jhn 1:1 KJV
Square Reference Delimiters  Square — [Jhn 1:1 KJV]
Curly Reference Delimiters  Curly — {Jhn 1:1 KJV}
Parenthesis Reference Delimiters  Parens — (Jhn 1:1 KJV)
Paragraph Order:
Paragraph Verse-Reference  Verse-Reference
Paragraph Reference-Verse  Reference-Verse
Paragraph Reference-Only  Reference-Only
Number Delimiters:*
No Verse Numbers  No Number
No Verse Delimeters  No Delimiter — 15
Square Verse Delimiters  Square — [15]
Curly Verse Delimiters  Curly — {15}
Parenthesis Verse Delimiters  Parens — (15)
Other Options:
Abbreviate Books  Abbreviate Books
Quotes Around Verses  Quotes around Verses
Remove Square Brackets  Remove Square Brackets
Sort Canonically  Sort Canonically

* 'Number Delimiters' only apply to 'Paragraph Order'

Let's Connect

Connect on Facebook Connect on Twitter Connect on Instagram Connect on Pinterest Connect on YouTube

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Daily Devotionals

Blue Letter Bible offers several daily devotional readings in order to help you refocus on Christ and the Gospel of His peace and righteousness.

Daily Bible Reading Plans

Recognizing the value of consistent reflection upon the Word of God in order to refocus one’s mind and heart upon Christ and His Gospel of peace, we provide several reading plans designed to cover the entire Bible in a year.

One-Year Plans

Two-Year Plan

Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Acts 3:12

toggle collapse
Intro. We have been looking at the characteristics of the men that God uses to accomplish His eternal purposes on this earth. We have found that they are men of prayer, they are men of faith, now we come to a very important characteristic, they are men who have come to the cross in their own life, and have reckoned the old nature to be dead, crucified with Christ.
A. Many people are unable to distinguish between God and His instrument and thus begin to give glory to the instrument.
B. In the case that we have before us here in Acts, the crowd began to look at Peter and John in awe and wonderment because of the great miracle.
1. They were looking at them as though the power originated with them, or it was because of their great holiness they were able to make this lame man walk.
2. They were ready to worship them for the miracle that was wrought on the lame man.
C. The great danger exists when the instrument God has used begins to take the glory that should be going to God alone.
D. If you have not come to the death of the self life, this is a very easy trap to fall into.
1. Satan often offers the subtle suggestion that you can let them be drawn to you and then you can later turn them to Christ.
2. Many ministries have fallen by the wayside because the instrument was lifted up with pride and was no longer usable by God.
3. One of my main prayers for myself is that God will keep me usable. I have seen too many who have fallen.
4. Paul the Apostle was concerned about this very thing, he spoke of beating himself to keep his body under, lest having preached to others he be cast aside, as an instrument no longer usable.
5. The body wants to rule your life even as the spirit wants to rule your life. They are at war with each other striving over which will sit on the throne of your life.
a. If you sow to the flesh, your flesh will rule.
b. If you sow to the spirit, your spirit will rule.
c. A mistake that so many make is to think that they can sow to the flesh and reap of the spirit.
E. It is important that I have no ambitions for greatness. No ambitions to be known, to have my name in print, to run with the in-crowd.
1. As Paul said, "God forbid that I should glory save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which I have been crucified to the world.
2. As the song goes, "Forbid it Lord that I should boast save in the death of Christ my God, all the vain things that charm me most I sacrifice them to His blood.
F. Paul faced the greatest peril in his whole ministry when he was in Lystra, not when they had stoned him and drug him out of the city thinking him dead, but when the priest of Jupiter was dragging an ox down the street to sacrifice it to Paul because the people thought he was a god.
G. The self life desires worship and the admiration of the world.
1. This caused Satan's fall. "I will be like the Most High."
2. It is just a part of the old, fleshly nature that manifests itself quite early in life, and as long as we live in this body of flesh, it will always be there.
a. This is so universally manifested that we just call it natural. Yes natural, a part of the old nature.
b. The child about to jump from the wall calling, "Watch me daddy." The little girl in the dress up clothes. I am not saying that it is wrong in the child, but only a demonstration that we are by nature the children of wrath.
H. The problem is that I have a redeemed spirit living in a body of flesh.
1. As long as I am living in this body, I will have to contend with the desires of the body.
2. Paul spoke about how that we and all creation are groaning together until now as we wait for the manifestation of the sons of God, to wit, the redemption of the body.
3. In the meanwhile I must deal with my fleshly desires reckoning the old nature to be dead, crucified with Christ.
I. In a few chapters we will see how severely God dealt with this problem in the early church when a couple named Ananias and his wife Sapphira lied about their donation to the early church in order to get recognition and praise.
J. We see how severely God dealt with the two sons of Aaron when they offered false fire before the Lord.
1. God had manifested His awesome presence before the people by sending his fire from heaven to consume the sacrifices that had laid upon the altar.
2. The people began to shout and fall on their faces before God.
3. The two sons of Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, grabbed their incense censers and put fire in them and started to offer the incense before the Lord. It was quite possible that they were just seeking the recognition of man.
4. God had to whittle Gideon's army down to just 300 to give them the victory over the enemy for as God said unto Gideon: The people that [are] with thee [are] too many for me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel vaunt themselves against me, saying, Mine own hand hath saved me.
A. The natural you is you as you were born of the flesh. Jesus said, "That which is born of the flesh is flesh.
1. From the moment you were born, you began to let the desires of you flesh known, and if you were not catered to you let everyone with ears reach know your displeasure.
2.That same trait remains with you up till the moment you are born again. With some it becomes it becomes a bit refined, but with others it remains about the same.
B. It is insisting that things go my way or I won't cooperate.
1. Sort of like the child who if he cannot be the king in the child's play is going to go home and not play with you any more.
2. It is putting my opinion above everyone elses.
3. It is like Johnny's mother watching the whole regiment of Marines marching by in the parade and declaring, the whole regiment is out of step but my Johnny.
4. Everyone else is wrong, I am right.
C. It is talking about my rights. I have a right to do so.
D. It is putting my needs about the needs of others. "If they do not like it, that's just too bad.
E. It is a me first attitude.
F. Frank Sinatra probably expressed it well in his song, "I Did It My Way."
A. It is not reformation.
1. This is the problem with all of the man-developed programs dreamed up by the sociologists.
2. They are trying to reform people.
3. When I was a kid, they used to have what they called reform schools for the bad kids.
4. My mother's cousin was in charge of the system of reform schools for the State of California. He finally resigned his position in despair for their inability to help the vast majority of kids that went through the program.
B. God's remedy is kill it by the power of the Holy Spirit.
1. Paul said,
ROM 8:13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
COL 3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
2. God's remedy is to reckon it to be dead, crucified with Christ. We are told to:
ROM 13:14 Put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to [fulfill] the lusts [thereof].
A. I am walking in love as is defined in 1Co. 13. For the fruit of the Spirit is love.
1. It means that I suffer long and am kind.
2. I am not envious.
3. I do not vaunt myself.
4. I am not puffed up.
5. I do not behave myself in an unbecoming manner.
6. I do not seek my own way.
7. I do not get provoked.
8. I do not harbor evil thoughts.
9. I do not rejoice in iniquity.
10. I do rejoice in truth.
11. I bear all things.
12. I believe all things.
13. I hope the best.
14. I endure all things.
B. When the Lord can help us to root these things out of our lives, then He can begin to manifest His power through us.

The Blue Letter Bible ministry and the BLB Institute hold to the historical, conservative Christian faith, which includes a firm belief in the inerrancy of Scripture. Since the text and audio content provided by BLB represent a range of evangelical traditions, all of the ideas and principles conveyed in the resource materials are not necessarily affirmed, in total, by this ministry.


Bible Search

Multiverse Retrieval

LexiConc Search

FAQ Search

Browse Dictionary Topics

Bible Reference

Encyclopedias / Dictionaries

Introductions to the Bible

Topical Indexes

Charts and Outlines


Maps / Images

Bible Commentaries

Text Commentaries

Audio & Video Commentaries

Theological Resources

Articles / Books

Women's Resources

Don Stewart

BLB Theological

Creeds, Catechisms, and Confessions





Digital Books

Mobile Apps for iPhone / iPad

Mobile blb.org

BLB Offline CDs

Free Web Tools


Email Devotional Sign-Up

BLB Daily Promises

Day by Day by Grace

Morning and Evening

Daily Bible Reading Plan


Video Tutorials


Theological Questions

Website Support

iApp Support

General Questions


Sowing Circle

Co-Laboring Ministries


About the BLB

Statement of Faith




Ministry FAQs


Donation Information

Contact the BLB

Hotjar - Unlimited insights from your web and mobile sites

BLB Institute

BLB Blog

Email Newsletters



Blue Letter Bible study tools make reading, searching and studying the Bible easy and rewarding.

Blue Letter Bible is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization

©2017 Blue Letter Bible


Verse Tools Arrow

Email / username or password was incorrect!

Check your email for password retrieval

Enter Your
Email or Username




Did you forget your password?

Register a new BLB account

Why won't my login from the old site work?

Complete the form below to register  [?]

Error: That Email is already registered

Error: Please provide a valid Email

Error: Passwords should have at least 6 characters

Error: Passwords do not match

Error: Please provide a valid first name

Error: That username is already taken

Error: Usernames should only contain letters, numbers, dots, dashes, or underscores

Enter Your EmailUsername

First Name


[ Cancel ]


Passwords should have at least 6 characters.
Usernames should only contain letters, numbers, dots, dashes, or underscores.

Thank you for registering. A verification email has been sent to the address you provided.

Error: That Email / Username is not registered

Enter Your Email or Username


Return to Login

Close Login