A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus
“Paul and John Before the Sanhedrin”, Acts 4:13) Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus. Matthew 11:25; 1Corinthians 1:27. 14) And beholding the man which was healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it. 15) But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the council, they conferred among themselves, 16) Saying, What shall we do to these men? for that indeed a notable miracle hath been done by them is manifest to all them that dwell in Jerusalem; and we cannot deny it. 17) But that it spread no further among the people, let us straitly threaten them, that they speak henceforth to no man in this name. 18) And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. 19) But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. Galatians 1:10. 20) For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard. 1 John 1:1. 21) So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding nothing how they might punish them, because of the people: for all men glorified God for that which was done. 22) For the man was above forty years old, on whom the miracle of healing was shewed.
“The Believers Prayer”, Acts:23) And being let go, they went to their own company, and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said unto them. 24) And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made Heaven and earth, and the sea and all that in them is: Jeremiah 32;17. 25) Who by the mouth of Thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things? 26) The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against His Christ. 27) For of a truth against Thy Holy Child Jesus, Whom Thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together, Hebrews 7:26. 28) For to do whatsoever Thy hand and Thy counsel determined before to be done. Acts 2:23. 29) And now, Lord, behold their threatening’s: and grant unto Thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak Thy Word, 30) By stretching forth Thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of Thy Holy Child Jesus. 31) And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the Word of God with boldness. Acts 2:2, 4. strong>
Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary – v13-14, The name of Jesus is given to men of every age and nation, as that whereby alone, Believers are saved from the wrath to come. But when covetousness, pride, or any corrupt passion, rules within, men shut their eyes, and close their hearts, in enmity against the Light, considering all as ignorant and unlearned, who desire to know nothing in comparison with Christ crucified. And the followers of Christ should act so that all who converse with them, may take knowledge that they have been with Jesus. That makes them holy, heavenly, spiritual, and cheerful and raises them above this world. v15-22, What the rulers wanted was, that the Doctrine of Christ should not spread among the people, yet they cannot say it is false or dangerous, or of any ill tendency; and they are ashamed to own the true reason, that it testifies against their hypocrisy, wickedness, and tyranny. Those who know how to put a just value upon Christ’s promises, know how to put just contempt upon the world’s threatening’s. The Apostles look with concern on perishing souls, and know they cannot escape eternal ruin but by Jesus Christ, therefore they are faithful in warning and showing the right way. Especially beware of a vain attempt to serve two masters, God and the world; the end will be, you can serve neither fully,*and only Jesus saves. v23-30, Christ’s followers do best in their own company. It encourages God’s servants, both in doing work, and suffering work, that they serve the God who made all things, and therefore has the *consequences of all events and the Scriptures must be fulfilled. Jesus was anointed to be a Saviour, therefore it was determined He should be a sacrifice, to make atonement for sin. But sin is not the less evil for God’s bringing good out of it. In threatening times and troubles we can go on with cheerfulness and courage in our work and duty. They do not pray, Lord let us go away from our work, now that it is become dangerous, but, Lord, give us Thy Grace to go on stedfastly in our work and not to fear man. Those who desire Divine aid and encouragement; may depend upon having them. Amen.
More to come and God Bless You.