Acts 4

Vs. 1, “The priests and the captain of the temple guard and the Sadducees came up to Peter and John while they were speaking to the people.”  We now begin to see Jesus’ words come true as the world will begin to respond in hatred to those who follow Him.  We meet the Sadducees again as they were part of the priests who did not believe in the resurrection.  They were alarmed to be seeing a healing of man in the temple courts.  Peter and John are arrested by the same Sanhedrin that conspired to have Jesus crucified.  As they were questioning the two (vs. 5-22), we see a wonderful example of the Holy Spirit filling Jesus with extra power to boldly speak the truth.  This eloquent and bold response astonished the Sanhedrin because they were unschooled men (vs. 13).  They were concerned because they saw many who were at the temple also praising God.  They order Peter and John to keep quiet, but I love their response…“Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God’s sight to obey you rather than God.” (vs. 19).

Regarding application…Compelled to Share.  Vs. 20, “For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”  Nothing was going to stop Peter & John from bolding sharing the truth about Jesus.  Nothing was going to stop them from praying and reaching out to the lost.  Because of this perseverance, we are told five thousand more responded in faith (vs. 4)!  Despite the increasing persecution of the early church, they cannot contain the love and hope they have in Christ.  Question: What would compel them to share?  The answer lies in the Holy Spirit (vs. 8).  Question: What is compelling you to share your faith?  Upon salvation, we have the Holy Spirit as a promise from Jesus.  But, if we are not walking in the will of the Father, the Spirit cannot fill us properly.  Let the prompting of the Holy Spirit this weekend to compel you to share and come worshipping God at church!