“Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.
Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.”–Acts 5:28-29
If you are reading our text for this post, it will be fitting for us to go back to chapter 4 of Acts. As you can see, the accounts of chapter 5 is the second time that the apostles has been arrested and appeared at the council of the religious leaders.Isn’t this dejavu? We can see that for the second time, they are standing for God. Will you stand for God in the midst of opposition? Do you fear God more than men? Believer, its your duty to be a gospelizer and a witness to God.
So one might ask: why is it wrong to fear men? Here are the 4 reasons:
1.) They can hinder you, but you are unstoppable.
Acts 4:3 “And they laid hands on them, and put them in hold unto the next day:for it was now eventide.”
Acts 4:21 “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.”
The disciples are released because they cant find fault on what they have done. Their opponents had a hint that this is a work of God.
2.) They can question you, but you know the answers.
Acts 4:8-12 “Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole; 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 this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other:for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
Pressing words were thrown to the Apostle Peter on verse 7. Unbelievers may question us on matters of our faith. They may also jeer or laugh at us. We must not be discourage. In truth they are the ones who should fear for their lives because they dont know the most important answer to the question: where will I be when I die? For Peter, this became an opportunity to preach the good news to the ungenerate individual.
(To be concluded next week…)