In Acts chapter 4, we see Peter and John preaching and teaching to the people in Jerusalem and many believing and being saved! There were some however, the priests and the Sadducees, that were not happy about how God was working in the lives of the Jews. We then see that the Sadducees took Peter and John prisoner and brought them to trail for preaching Jesus Christ.
When we come to verse 13 however, one thing stood out in this passage. The Bible says, “they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.” Even though they were against Peter and John, and they were persecuting them, the Sadducees could not deny the work that the Lord had done in Jerusalem through Peter and John.
As we continue reading, we come to verse 31, and the Bible says, “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.” I would like to point out a few things in this verse:
1) They prayed! They prayed for the power of God on their lives, they prayed that they would have boldness to speak the word of God. Vs 29
2) They Spoke! Even in this midst of persecution and threatening, Peter and John were not silent, but bold to preach and teach salvation through Jesus Christ!
3) They Spoke the Word of God! It’s not important what we have to say, but it’s the preaching of the Bible that is our responsibility. It’s the word of God that draws people to salvation!
4) They Spoke the Word of God with Boldness! Peter and John had ever excuse to be quiet and go home. But they knew the importance of preaching the word of God! They knew that without the power of God on their lives, that it wouldn’t matter! And because of this, when they had prayed, the had the boldness to preach, and people believed!
As we live day to day, can people take knowledge of you, that you have been with Jesus? Let us have boldness as we witness, by our lives, but also by our mouths! It’s not enough to just be the silent testimony, but we are commanded to tell others, they saving power of Jesus Christ! Have you been with Jesus today?!
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