From The Pulpit of a Holiness Preacher
An email newsletter ministry of Richard D. Swift, publishing the sermons of Rev Reed A Swift (1899-1973), a holiness preacher
The following sermon was preached in the Free Methodist Churches of the Yale, Ball, Buel, Michigan Circuit; Caro, Michigan; Olive Branch Mission, Louisiana; and Glendale and West Hollywood, California. One of the pages is on the back of a letter from Yale, Michigan, dated April 8, 1931. The letter asks for a pair of "double branded, healthy, pure bred Carneaux" pigeons advertised in the "American Pigeon Journal". The letter states, "inclosed check for $1.65 for the pair." It is signed "(Rev) Reed A. Swift". The letter was apparently never sent. There was no check with it! This is a short expository sermon. It looks like something he may have preached in a midweek prayer meeting.
Silver and Gold Have I None
Text Acts 3:6
Reading Acts 3
In the preceding chapter, we have one of Jesus' great promises fulfilled and one of God's Great gifts to men: the Gift of the Holy Ghost on the Day of Pentecost. Jesus had promised this Gift, and His disciples expected it. The 120 in an upper room tarried until they recieved the promise of Christ, and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost.
This was the dawning of a new day of victory and hope, and the Holy Spirit Dispensation was ushered in. the first army of this Dispensation were recruiting and victory followed as Peter preached in the demonstration and power of the Holy Ghost. Oh, Glory to God! I'd liked to have heard him. But he uncovered the crime of their lives, and thousands were converted to God. This is just the beginning.
We find the lame man by the Beautiful Gate. There were nine gates to the temple. [They were] covered with gold and silver, but this one was more beautiful than the others.
The gate was beautiful but not equal to the event that took place. This lame man had never walked and was above 40 years old (Acts 4:22). He had depended on others to carry him about all his life. Some are satisfied to have people do this spiritually, but I think those same folks would find fault with their lot if they had to do it physically. Which is the greatest handicap?!
Do you think this circumstance at the Beautiful Gate was luck for the poor lame man? Nay, it was the providence of God Look in Clarke's Commentary in "The Chosen Word", page 460.
Verse 1: "Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour." Now, if you want to be a real blessing to somebody, you must have a system to your prayer life. Don't be haphazzard- hit or miss. You can't do that at anything else and be a success, much less in spiritual things. Have a place to go and pray and a set time, and if possible, you can make that allowance, go to your place of prayer, and I believe God will have someone near by that you can help either before or after prayer. Now Peter and John wouldn't have found this lame man who neeeded who needed financial, physical, and spiritual help if they had been out fishing as they were accustomed to do. But the Lord had led them to a closer walk with Him, and they were going to pray. No doubt [they] were in the Spirit of prayer before they ever reached the place of prayer. So, when they saw this lame man, the Holy Spirit prompted them just what to do, and
they did it, and the lame man was healed and glorified God in this miraculous event.
The central thought here is that it was not purchased with silver and gold or obtainable in this manner. These humble followers of Christ were poor, yet making many rich [spiritually] as in v.7: "And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength." The suddeness of the cure was proof of the miracle, and his walking and leaping were evidence of it.
Those men of God had no silver or gold but had something far more valuable than either of those. They had been poor, honest laborers before Jesus called them to be soul winners. And now after Pentecost, they were equipped with the necessities for curing the ailments of men if they would take the Remedy. They had the Holy Ghost and His Power imparted to them or working through them. If the silver and gold had been necessary at this time, the Lord would have furnished it. But the Holy Spirit was teaching through Peter and John that it was not necessary to have silver and gold to give out to be a blessing in this world. If we have the Holy Ghost in us we can give out to a dying, lame, maimed world ALL that is necessary. Not only was the lame man healed of physical ailments, but he was given the oil of joy. He went leaping, and jumping, and glorifying God. The devil was stirred, as he always will be when souls are being saved and blessed and praising God.
Praise is comely to the upright, and we do to little of it.
[This concludes the sermon of my grandfather]
Yours for Radical Holiness,
Richard D. Swift
505 Hickory Hills Dr
Dexter MO 63841