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Aeneas and Dorcas

"And it came to pass, as Peter passed throughout all quarters, he came down also to the saints which dwelt at Lydda. And there he found a certain man named Aeneas, which had kept his bed eight years, and was sick of the palsy. And Peter said unto him, Aeneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole: arise, and make thy bed. And he arose immediately. And all that dwelt at Lydda and Saron saw him, and turned to the Lord." (Acts 9:32-35 KJV)

"Jesus Christ maketh thee whole"

As Peter stated in the example quoted above, although a man was healed by means of Peter's ministry (see also the Fact Finder question below), it was a matter of "Jesus Christ maketh thee whole." Peter acted according to Christ's instructions that He gave:

Joppa / Jaffa

"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto My Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in My Name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son." (John 14:12-13 KJV)

After the healing of Aeneas, Peter participated in an even greater healing, the raising of a dead woman, Dorcus. What was the practical purpose of returning a dead person (see also Resurrections) to this temporary physical life? So that "many believed in the Lord."

"Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did. And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick, and died: whom when they had washed, they laid her in an upper chamber. And forasmuch as Lydda was nigh to Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent unto him two men, desiring him that he would not delay to come to them."

"Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and showing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them."

"But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up. And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up, and when he had called the saints and widows, presented her alive. And it was known throughout all Joppa; and many believed in the Lord. And it came to pass, that he tarried many days in Joppa with one Simon a tanner." (Acts 9:36-43 KJV)

Fact Finder: Was Peter unique in The Lord doing such miracles through him, or did all of the apostles have the same ability?
See Peter's Ministry


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