Acts:3:1-16; Acts 4:1-32
As we navigate through this earthly life, we need constant communication with our God. As believers, the Holy Spirit lives within to guide, support and comfort. We also have the Word of God, wherein we can find answers and instructions for all life’s questions. Let us always go the Word and meditate on what THE BIBLE REVEALS.
- THE STORY UNFOLDS: Acts 3:1-10
A crippled man who routinely lay at the temple gate called Beautiful, saw Peter and John one day and as always begged for alms/money. Peter’s reply to him was:
Acts3:6—- “silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk”. NOTE: The man healed began to run, jump and praise God. Others saw and recognized him as the crippled beggar. “They were all filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened”. (Acts 3:10b)
2. HOW HEALING CAME: Acts 3:13,16
The people watching while astonished were also perplexed. Peter addressed their surprise and their questioning stares and said:
Acts 3: 13—- “the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers has glorified His servant Jesus”.
Acts 3:16—– “By faith in the name of Jesus, this man you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through Him that has given this complete healing to him, as you can all see.
3. PETER AND JOHN ARRESTED: Acts 4:1-4
As usual, the religious rulers were upset the disciples were gathering so many people and preaching about Jesus. The disciples were arrested and held overnight for court the following day.
Acts 4:3—-“They seized Peter and John and because it was evening, they put them in jail until the next day”. NOTE: see footnote 4:3—No judgements conducted during evening hours.
4. HIGH PRIEST QUESTION PETER AND JOHN’S AUTHORITY
Peter and John were brought before the high priest at the Sanhedrin Council the next day and asked:
Acts 4:7—- “by what power or what name did you do this”
5. PETER’S RESPONSE:
Acts 4:10 —“then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead that this man stands before you healed”.
Acts 4:12—- “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved”.
6. OFFICIALS STUMPED/SATAN AGAIN DEFEATED:
Acts 4: 14—- “but since they could see the man who had been healed standing there with them, there was nothing they could say.
7. OFFICIALS DEMAND/DISICPLES STAND FIRM
The Demand— Acts 4:15-18 “So they ordered them to withdraw from the Sanhedrin…. to stop this thing….to speak no longer to anyone in this name”.
Peter and John’s stand—Acts 4: 19-20 “Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God’s sight to obey you rather than God. For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard”.
8. GOD CAN USE ANYONE TO FULFILL HIS PLAN, EVEN UNBELIEVERS
Acts 4:21—- “….they let them go. They could not decide how to punish them, because all the people were praising God for what had happened”.
9.THE BELIEVERS’S PRAYER: ACTS 4: 23-32
Peter and John returned to their people and reported all that had happened. Everyone then raised their voices together in prayer.
Acts 4:29—- “….enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus”.
NOTE: ALL PRAYED TO CONTINUE TO SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT JESUS AND DO GOD’S WILL. WHAT IS YOUR PRAYER LIFE LIKE?
10. GOD’S PLAN CANNOT BE ALTERED—THE CRUCIFIXION
Acts 4:28—The people prayed….. “They did what your power and will had decided before hand should happen”. NOTE: see footnote Acts 4:28—“Not that God had compelled them to act as they did, (the Crucifixion) but he willed to use them and their freely chosen acts to accomplish His saving purpose”.
NOTE: REMEMBER GOD IS ALWAYS IN CONTROL
11. GOD’S PURPOSE FULFILLED
Acts 4:31—- “after they prayed…..they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly”.
NOTE: IS YOUR PURPOSE IN LINE WITH GOD’S?
12. Acts 4:32—- “all the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had”.
NOTE: SCRIPTURE INDICATES THE PEOPLE SHARED PERSONAL POSSESSIONS. WHAT DOES SHARING EVERYTHING FOR GOD MEAN TO YOU?