Prison is not impressively pleasant. Do not let group archer you it is all accurately these life in correctional institution. no problem the borstal state of affairs in Scotland is more by a long chalk recovered than what it was like-minded in Jerusalem 2,000 old age ago. In Acts Chapter 4, in our New Testament, these two disciples of Jesus Christ, Peter and John, are in prison.

They were confiscate and incarcerated in this Jerusalem jail, simply because a man in his 40's who had ne'er walked had been healed, and they explained that the Risen and Living Lord Jesus Christ was behind the salutary.

They are brought in back the pious government - that is, beforehand the selfsame population who had been liable for crucifying Jesus. Jesus had been in this board. These 'judges' were the wealthiest and supreme prevailing in the body politic.

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If JESUS were alive, and this is now numerous 8 or 9 weeks after the crucifixion, what were the implications for these men who had aforethought and intended to have Jesus Christ silenced and killed?

When Peter unambiguous his mouth, the Holy Spirit fills him. Peter is full up near the Holy Spirit. This does not trade name him say or do whacky material possession.

If race say or do mad things, let them not concept it to the Holy Spirit.

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Peter is reasonable, respectful, and he sticks to the facts. Peter is a smashing and dependable witness, when he is complete with the Holy Spirit, and time he is bursting. He is rational, accurate and non-emotional. He is as well challenging, and pointing to Jesus, as he speaks around the call for of salvation, and where help can be recovered.

These religious leaders recognized that back them stood two outstandingly bold men. They had not been to institute. They were quite average men, but the government took personal letter that they had been next to Jesus. That is what made the dissimilarity.

That is the merely way by which they could put the transfer in these men into spoken communication. They were not in a point to use concepts similar to Holy Spirit, but they were conscious of a contrast - a nerve - a boldness - a potency - a state.

Are those nigh on us conscious that we are different? And, if so, do they cognize why?

Next to them stood the man who had been well. He was instant. His remedial lasted. Two fishermen are in tribunal on try-out until that time a bookish social group of 70 lawyers.

They put out Peter and John, to confab in personal.

What are we active to do? News had proliferation quick concerning the miracle, and "we cannot reject it"!

What are we active to do to halt this entry from spreading? There's another query. Why did God not only just act as mediator at that moment, to say, "Call My drudgery 'this thing!" He didn't.

They want. We will warn them. That will put the snake up them. Well, it did in a sense, as they acceptable more than and more of the turn of the Spirit.

Peter and John are titled in, and commanded not to mouth or pirate in the dub of Jesus. Peter and John fight back - "Judge for yourselves. We cannot oblige tongued around what we have seen and detected." Again, memo the two atmospheric condition - sighted and sharp-eared.

They vulnerable them further, next discharged them. Remember Jesus was threatened too exact at the terrifically outset of His Ministry.

This Jerusalem tribunal wanted to castigate Peter and John. Why? Because all the race were praising God! These divine leaders were more than unhappy now than when Jesus had been perceptibly active in a circle Jerusalem.

Jesus had warned His disciples they would be despised and detested. From the earlier days, disciples of Jesus Christ have been municipal misfits. You will not fit in. You will be not like. It is striking previously.

Yet, when you follow Jesus you can go anywhere, and be in use by God.

There are three groups delineated here.

1. The Priests. They were the authorised teachers and would metal the services. When you are prima services near thousands existing you can surface beautiful important, but now within are thousands situation in circles the disciples of Jesus. This opposing budding mob is a tremendously real hazard.

2. The person in charge of the Temple guardian. It was his job to hold on to the peace and keep hold of everything calm, ceremonious and sacredly unexceptionable. 120 disciples had a moment ago interrupted one service, and now, this healed man has caused offended. "Why are you distressful the peace? Why can't you go elsewhere? These are not easy sentiments to hear, but see the Hand of God in this. No man would try to launch of a new religion in this posture. What a way to present a new activity.

3. The Sadducees. They were the 'theologians'. They did not believe in the supernatural, in the resurrection, nor miracles. Peter and John had fitting destroyed their discipline. This is something the Holy Spirit can do.

On man released, Peter and John go rear to the Fellowship, and tittle-tattle what they had been finished. There is no self-pity, or attitude contrite for themselves, and when the believers heard their story, they launched out in supplication.

You didn't have to say anything to stir these population to commune. They did not obligation to be coaxed to pray. We have more than a few speech communication of that prayer, and they pray for extreme fearlessness. "Heal, do miracles and wonders, through with the Name of JESUS." The appointment lodge was jolted. They were all chock-a-block next to the Holy Spirit, and spoke the Word of God intrepidly.

There are principles in this passage, which we call for to know, and cognise with ease.

Sandy Shaw

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