A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus
<p>”Peter and John Before the Sanhedrin”, Acts 4:1) And as they spake unto the people, the priests, and the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees, came upon them, 2) Being grieved that they taught the people, and preached through Jesus the Resurrection from the dead. Nehemiah 2:10; Mathew 22:23. 3) And they laid hands on them, and put them in hold unto the next day: for it was now eventide. 4) Howbeit many of them which heard the word believed; and the number of the men was about five thousand. 5) And it came to pass on the morrow, that their rulers, and elders, and scribes, 6) And Annas the high priest, and Caiaphas, and John and Alexander, and as many as were of the kindred of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem. Luke 3:2; John 11;49. 7) And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, By what power, or by what name, have ye done this? Exodus 2;14. 8) Then Peter filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, Luke 12:11. 9) If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole; 10) Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by Him doth the man stand here before you whole. 11) This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Isaiah 28:16; Matthew 21:42. 12) Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under Heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Matthew 1:21; Romans 3:24.
Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – V1-4, The Sadducees were greatly disturbed. They were skeptics who rejected all the Old Testament except the books of Moses, and who denied the Resurrection from the dead. Peter’s teaching about the Resurrection challenged their beliefs. The last thing the Sadducees wanted was for a couple of Jewish men to declare the Resurrection of a King. laid hands on them….believed: The attempt to silence God’s truth by arresting His messengers did not hinder His Word. The result of the Sadducees’ taking these two Apostles into custody was that five thousand people believed the Gospel message. v5, 6, were gathered together: The Sanhedrin, was the highest Jewish court, which consisted of the wealthiest, most educated, and most powerful Jewish men in Israel. Annas the high priest: Although Annas had been officially removed from his office, the Jewish people still considered him high priest. Caiaphas, the son-in-law of Annas, was the actual high priest. John was most likely the son of Annas who succeeded Caiaphas in A.D. 37. v4:7, Because the healing of the lame man was indisputable (3:1-10), the question was how the man was healed and by whose authority or name the healing had been performed. v8-10, Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit: This is the second description in the Book of Acts of someone being filled with Holy Spirit (v31: 2:4; 9:17; 13:9). Jesus had promised His Disciples that they would boldly stand before Kings and rulers and that the Spirit of God would give them what to say (Matthew 10:16-20). v11, the chief cornerstone: In the first century A.D., the expression chief cornerstone was also used to refer to the stone placed on the summit of the Jerusalem Temple. Thus Peter used the phrase to point out that they had rejected the One who completed the plan of God for humankind. v12, no other name: Only by placing faith in the historical Jesus–the One who came, died, and was raised again–can a person be saved.
Only by believing all that Jesus, the Son of God, did for us while here on earth and having faith in His Resurrection can we have life eternal in Him. Amen.
More to come and God Bless You.