In Christ, Christ In seminar, with Peter Wade, covers what God did for us on that wonderful day when we first accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior. What was the result of our faith in Christ? What is our identity? What kind of help do we have?
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I have been sharing from the early chapters of the book of Acts the impact of the Day of Pentecost. Peter and John, in the name of Jesus, had healed the lame man at the gate of the Temple, and the crowd saw it and were amazed. Peter took the opportunity to tell the people about Jesus, and three thousand believed. Then the temple guards arrested them and they faced the Sanhedrin the next day, who “took knowledge of [these unlearned and ignorant] men, that they had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13). Read my previous newsletters about these amazing events.
We take up the record in verses 16 and 17. The religious authorities now had a problem! “What shall we do with these men? For that a notable sign has been performed through them is evident to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it. But in order that it may spread no further among the people, let us warn them to speak no more to anyone in this name.” Even worse, the people who saw it were their own “church members,” as this happened on their own doorstep! As a result of Peter’s teaching 8,000 men were added to the believers.
Rather than encourage the presence of God in their midst, they didn’t like the concept that power was in “the name of Jesus” rather than in the authority of the Jewish faith. And being Sadducees they did not want to see the supernatural in action and everyone getting excited, rather than being humble and worshipping quietly. These attitudes have persisted until today. Read More