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Acts 5:17-42

December 15, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

“But Peter and the apostles replied, ‘We must obey God rather than any human authority. 30 The God of our ancestors raised Jesus from the dead after you killed him by hanging him on a cross.[b] 31 Then God put him in the place of honor at his right hand as Prince and Savior. He did this so the people of Israel would repent of their sins and be forgiven. 32 We are witnesses of these things and so is the Holy Spirit, who is given by God to those who obey him.'” v. 30-32 (NLT)

Faith Under Fire! The Apostles have been imprisoned because of their teachings about Christ.  When questioned again, after being put in jail and released by an Angel of the Lord, Peter, without regard, tells the council that they will not be quiet and it is better for them to please the Lord and do what He says than to please the Council and stop teaching about Christ and using the power that is found in His Name.

The Apostles had a bold faith!  They understood that they could be killed for what they were teaching and doing, but it didn’t stop them.  They had a reckless abandonment for Jesus!  Nothing else could compare to Him, or stop them from telling others about Him.  They would rather please God then please man.

Sometimes you cant please both God and man!  When this happens, it is better to please God and trust in His promise found in Luke 6:22

“What blessings await you when people hate you and exclude you and mock you and curse you as evil because you follow the Son of Man.” Luke 6:22 (NLT)

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