Christ Gives Boldness in Faith
Let's go back to the acts of the apostles first. Oh, goodness gracious. Okay, so at the beginning, what do we have? The context, of course, Peter and John, going into the temple. There was the man who was crippled, right? He couldn't walk. And in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the lord heals him through Peter, and this is incredible. Now, what happens? Is there being brought before the priest, the captain of the temple, and the sadducees. Now, I love that this says they're annoyed because they're annoyed. The savages are annoyed, captain of the temple, priest, they're annoyed. All those people are annoyed. Why are they annoyed? This is the interesting thing. They're annoyed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead. Remember what the sadducees? The difference between the pharisees and sad duties. I mean, there's a lot of differences, but the sadness is the only believed in the first 5 books of Moses, right? The sadducees didn't believe in angels, the sadducees did not believe in the resurrection of the dead. And one of the ways we can remember that, of course, is that the pharisees and sadducees, the pharisees believed in the resurrection and the Sagittarius didn't, and that's why they were sad, you see. Old joke. Okay, but it says merely that they were annoyed. And I think that that is interesting. Anyways, here is Peter and John that brought before the council that's the same people that they were both Peter and John were in the presence of essentially during Jesus trial, which is remarkable to remember, because the first time we don't hear anything about John, we know that John went all the way with Jesus to the crucifixion, but we did hear about Peter, and we do know that Peter, he failed, right? In that moment, he was not bold in that moment he cracked and he denied knowing Jesus at three times and yet now this is incredible. First 8, Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, rulers of the people and elders, if we are being examined today, concerning a good deed done to a cripple by what means this man has been healed, be it known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified whom God raised from the dead by him, this man is standing before you well, and goes on to say this is incredible. This is a cornerstone line, not only because it speaks about the cornerstone in first 11, but in verse 12, the line is, and there is Salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. This is, this is huge, because Jesus himself had said, I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the father except through me. And here's Peter, who's making it very clear. There is Salvation and no one else. There's no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. And now the key word I think of chapter four is boldness, right? Keyword of chapter four is it says multiple times that they're filled with boldness. And this is remarkable. Observing them to be common, ordinary, uneducated men, and yet they have this new quality. And the quality is not theirs. It says they recognize that they had been with Jesus.