Acts – Chapter 4

Peter And John Are Put Into Custody

Verse 1 – Now as they spoke to the people, the priests, the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees came upon them,

Verse 2 – being greatly disturbed that they taught the people and preached in Jesus the resurrection from the dead.

The Sadducees were members of a small but powerful Jewish religious sect that did not believe in the resurrection of the dead. Those that had arrested Jesus were from these three groups, the priests, captain of the temple, and the Sadducees. Yes, the Pharisees had their part in it too, because they were the priests. These men didn’t want Peter and John teaching that Jesus rose from the dead.

Verse 3 – And they laid hands on them, and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening.

Verse 4 – However, many of those who heard the word believed; and the number of the men came to be about five thousand.

Was it worth it for Peter and John to be arrested in order for God to gain five thousand souls? We may not be put in jail for our witness of Christ, but we will be mocked and ridiculed, here in the USA. However, there is coming a day when the one world order, with the Antichrist in charge, will have people beheaded for believing in Jesus Christ.

Peter Preaches to the Sanhedrin

Verse 5 – And it came to pass, on the next day, that their rulers, elders, and scribes,

Verse 6 – as well as Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the family of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem.

Peter and John had to stand before all the powers of Israel. This same Jewish council had condemned Jesus to death. These were the wealthy, intellectual, and powerful men in Jerusalem.

Verse 7 – And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, “By what power or by what name have you done this?”

(Who had the nerve to heal a lame man?)

Verse 8 – Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders of Israel:

Verse 9 – “If we this day are judged for a good deed done to the helpless man, by what means he has been made well,

Verse 10 – “Let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. (Peter is referring to the lame beggar that sat at the temple gate, when Peter and John first went into the temple to preach and healed him.)

Verse 11 – “This is the stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.”

Verse 12 – “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

And these leaders had been told this before, but Peter “spelled” it out for them. Many people don’t want to hear that there is only one way, Jesus Christ, to salvation. This was not something the “church” decided on its own. This specific teaching is from Jesus Himself. No other religion, or otherwise person, could die for yours and my sins. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6 ).

The Sanhedrin Commands Peter Not to Preach

Verse 13 – Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.

One of the greatest testimonies a person can have, proving the power of Jesus, is having a changed life. People know you are not the same as you used to be. If people don’t see a change, there is something definitely wrong.

Verse 14 – And seeing the man who had been healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it.

Verse 15 – But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the council, they conferred among themselves,

Verse 16 – saying, “What shall we do to these men? For, indeed, that a notable miracle has been done through them is evident to all who dwell in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it.

Verse 17 – “But so that it spreads no further among the people, let us severely threaten therm, that from now on they speak to no man in this name.”

In other words: “We can’t have these men spreading the truth about Jesus and performing miracles. We’d rather not have anyone healed, so we can retain our position  in the temple.” Can you imagine people not wanting to see the power of God heal people? People are like that until they are the one’s who need healed. Churches do the same thing today by putting a muzzle on the Holy Spirit.

Verse 18 – And they called them and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.

Verse 19 – But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than God, you judge.

Verse 20 – “For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.”

These men were bold in their witness of what they had seen and heard from Jesus. There was no way they could keep it inside. How about you? Do you tell others the good things God has done for you? When we share what God has done and is doing, it will encourage the Christian and just might cause the lost to believe. Jesus said, “Whoever acknowledges Me before men, I will acknowledge him before My Father in heaven (Matthew 10:32).

Verse 21 – So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding no way of punishing them, because of the people, since they all glorified God for what had been done.

Verse 22 – For the man was over forty years old on whom this miracle of healing had been performed.

Verse 23 – And being let go, they went to their own companions and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said to them.

Verse 24 – So when they heard that, they raised their voice to God with one accord and said: “Lord You are God, who made heaven and earth and the sea, and all that is in them,

Verse 25 – “who by the mouth of Your servant David have said: ‘Why did the nations rage, and the people plot vain things?

Verse 26 – The kings of the earth took their stand, and the rulers were gathered together against the LORD and against His Christ.’

Verse 27 – “For truly against Your holy Servant Jesus, whom You anointed both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, were gathered together

Verse 28 – “to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose determined before to be done.

Gentiles and the people of Israel had united in opposition to God’s holy Servant Jesus and His followers. Then and now, believers can take comfort in knowing that Jesus’ suffering were not by chance, but were predestined by God. If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, your steps are ordered by the LORD!

Verse 29 – “Now, Lord look on their threats, and grant Your servants that with boldness they may speak Your word,

Verse 30 – “by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.”

Notice how the believers prayed. First they praised God and recognized who He is. Then they told God about their problem and asked God to help them be bold and to do healing’s, signs and wonder’s in the name of Jesus.

The problem with the religious leaders was not taken away, but God gave them boldness and the ability to do miracles through the power of God’s Spirit, in Jesus name.

God doesn’t always remove your problem. But I will tell you what He will do, He will give you wisdom and supernatural strength to make right decisions and come out victorious.

Verse 31 – And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken, and they were filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.

As soon as their prayer had ended, they received their answer. God heard them because these men were determined to the will of God.

Verse 32 – Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common.

Spiritual unity is essential – loyalty, commitment and love for God and His Word has to be present among believers.

Verse 33 – And with great power the apostle gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all,

Verse 34 – nor was there anyone among them who lacked; for all who were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of the things that were sold,

Verse 35 – and laid them at the apostles’ feet; and they distributed to each as anyone had need.

These early Christians showed great generosity to each other. If someone had a need, they went to the apostles and were taken care of. Why is it today that the millions of churches we have, don’t meet the needs of the poor? Oh, some do but many don’t.

I remember one time being in a particular church, and someone needed help with their power bill. They were told by church officials, “We have already met our quota for the year!” The year had just started, because it was only January. If churches did what they were intended to do, there would be no need for “government” assistance!

Verse 36 – And Joes, who was also named Barnabas by the apostles (which is translated Son of Encouragement), a Levite of the country of Cyprus,

Verse 37 – having land, sold it, and brought the money and laid it at the apostles feet.

This same Barnabas traveled with Paul on his first mission.

 

 

 

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