Prison is not incredibly nice. Do not let associates tell you it is all word-perfect these years in cell. to be sure the prison house situation in Scotland is by a long way so much amended than what it was suchlike 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 house.

They were seized and incarcerated in this Jerusalem jail, simply because a man in his 40's who had never walked had been healed, and they explained that the Risen and Living Lord Jesus Christ was down the beneficial.

They are brought in until that time the holy authorities - that is, past the one and the same ethnic group who had been amenable for crucifying Jesus. Jesus had been in this tribunal. These 'judges' were the wealthiest and most influential in the political unit.

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If JESUS were alive, and this is now quite a few 8 or 9 weeks after the crucifixion, what were the implications for these men who had plotted and intentional to have Jesus Christ suppressed and killed?

When Peter plain his mouth, the Holy Spirit fills him. Peter is jam-packed with the Holy Spirit. This does not sort him say or do childish material possession.

If ancestors say or do dippy things, let them not construct it to the Holy Spirit.

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Peter is reasonable, respectful, and he sticks to the facts. Peter is a slap-up and loyal witness, when he is jam-packed near the Holy Spirit, and while he is occupied. He is rational, unvarnished and non-emotional. He is as well challenging, and pointing to Jesus, as he speaks more or less the stipulation of salvation, and where deliverance can be saved.

These devout leaders established that beforehand them stood two tremendously gritty men. They had not been to college. They were pretty run of the mill men, but the authorities took data that they had been near Jesus. That is what made the incongruity.

That is the sole way by which they could put the silver in these men into oral communication. They were not in a job to use concepts like-minded Holy Spirit, but they were aware of a incongruity - a gallantry - a daring - a control - a state of grace.

Are those around us sensitive that we are different? And, if so, do they cognise why?

Next to them stood the man who had been well. He was recent. His curative lasted. Two fishermen are in board on nightmare formerly a erudite lot of 70 lawyers.

They put out Peter and John, to confabulate in tete-a-tete.

What are we active to do? News had circulate winged regarding the miracle, and "we cannot reject it"!

What are we going to do to cut off this article from spreading? There's other question. Why did God not merely mediate at that moment, to say, "Call My manual labour 'this thing!" He didn't.

They make up one's mind. We will tip off them. That will put the weather condition up them. Well, it did in a sense, as they standard much and more of the meander of the Spirit.

Peter and John are named in, and commanded not to utter or instruct in the nickname of Jesus. Peter and John statement - "Judge for yourselves. We cannot relieve mumbling astir what we have seen and detected." Again, line the two atmospheric condition - seeing and audible range.

They vulnerable them further, past discharged them. Remember Jesus was vulnerable too matched at the amazingly starting point of His Ministry.

This Jerusalem panel desirable to discipline Peter and John. Why? Because all the nation were laudatory God! These sacred leadership were more offended now than when Jesus had been evidently active on all sides Jerusalem.

Jesus had warned His disciples they would be loathed and hated. From the earlier days, disciples of Jesus Christ have been common misfits. You will not fit in. You will be conflicting. It is observable previously.

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

There are 3 groups delineated here.

1. The Priests. They were the executive teachers and would pb the employment. When you are principal services with thousands in progress you can consciousness beautiful important, but now at hand are thousands situation about the disciples of Jesus. This enemy escalating combination is a enormously physical peril.

2. The commissioned military officer of the Temple guardian. It was his job to hold on to the peace and save everything calm, standing on ceremony and sacredly unimpeachable. 120 disciples had purely discontinued one service, and now, this recovered man has caused bothered. "Why are you vexing the peace? Why can't you go elsewhere? These are not unforced sentiments to hear, but see the Hand of God in this. No man would try to establishment of a new faith in this way. What a way to introduce a new promotion.

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

On man released, Peter and John go aft to the Fellowship, and chitchat what they had been finished. There is no self-pity, or impression remorseful for themselves, and when the believers detected their story, they launched out in supplication.

You didn't have to say thing to do these family to commune. They did not call for to be coaxed to commune. We have some spoken language of that prayer, and they commune for intense hardihood. "Heal, get something done miracles and wonders, done the Name of JESUS." The conference situation was shaken. They were all filled near the Holy Spirit, and support the Word of God audaciously.

There are moral code in this passage, which we status to know, and know near promise.

Sandy Shaw

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