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THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES - Chapter 3 - Verse 13

Verse 13. The God of Abraham. He is called the God of Abraham be- cause Abraham acknowledged him as his God, and because God showed himself to be his Friend. Comp. Mt 22:32; Ex 3:6,15; Ge 28:13; 26:24.

It was important to show that it was the same God who had done this that had been acknowledged by their fathers; and that they were not about to introduce the worship of any other God. And it was especially important, because the promise had been made to Abraham, that in his seed should all the families of the earth be blessed, Ge 12:3. Comp. Ga 3:16.

Hath glorified. Has honoured. You denied, despised, and murdered him; but God has exalted and honoured him. This miracle was done in the name of Jesus, Ac 3:6. It was the power of God that had restored him; and by putting forth this power God had shown that he approved the work of his Son, and was disposed to honour him in the view of men. Comp. Joh 17:1; Eph 1:20-22; Php 2:9-11

Heb 2:9; Re 1:5-18.

Ye delivered up. That is, you delivered him to the Romans to be put to death. See Barnes "Ac 2:23".


And denied him in the presence of Pilate. Denied that he was the Messiah. Were unwilling to own him as your long-expected King, Joh 19:15.

When he was determined, etc. Mt 27:17-25; Lu 23:16-23. Pilate was satisfied of his innocence; but he was weak, and timid, and irresolute, and yielded to their wishes. The fact that Pilate regarded him as innocent was a strong aggravation of their crime. They should have regarded him as innocent; but they urged on his condemnation, against the deliberate judgment of him before whom they had arraigned him; and thus showed how obstinately they were resolved on his death.

{a} "God of Abraham" Mt 22:32 {b} "hath glorified" Ac 5:30,31 {c} "his son Jesus" Joh 17:1; Eph 1:20-22; Php 2:9-11; Heb 2:9


Re 1:5,18 {d} "denied him" Joh 19:15 {*} "let him go" "Release him"

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