Acts

Acts 4:1-12 We Must Be Saved!

It wouldn’t take long to prove once again, that as in the case of the Lord Jesus’ death, not all Jews were true covenant keepers. As the leadership by and large opposed the Lord, even so they rose up against His apostles (v. 1). On this occasion it was the preaching of the resurrection, fiercely opposed by the Sadducees, that was the catalyst for the opposition (v. 2). The religious leadership took them into custody, but “many of those who heard the word believed” (v. 3). The number of the men alone who believed approximated 5,000. Clearly not all who heard believed, but no one believed who had not first heard the word. “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Rom. 10:17). The next day the leadership, including the family of the high priest, interrogate Peter and John asking, “By what power or by what name have you done this” (v. 7)?

We also learn that Peter was able to preach the word because he, like the believers during Pentecost, was filled with the Holy Spirit (v. 8 Cf. Lk. 12:11-12). Peter again boldly declared that not only had the lame man been healed in Jesus name, but that they were guilty of murdering the Lord through whom that healing had come, the same Lord whom they declared had risen from the dead (vv. 9-10). Again Peter stressed that these events, and their actions, were in fulfillment of the word written (v. 11 Cf. Ps. 118:22). However, Peter was interested in more than the fulfillment of prophecy, or in recounting historical facts, as important and necessary as this was. Rather, Peter pressed home his gospel message to his hearers. “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (v. 12 Cf. I Tim. 2:5-6). We must be saved!

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