Acts 4:1-22,”13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus”
Of all Jesus’ disciples, there is no one I find whose character is well described as that of Peter. His strengths and weakness are well highlighted, and many of us identify with him. What makes his life also interesting, in the midst of all his weakness and failures, the Person who should have had a reason to exclude him from the pack, actually made him be in the inner circle. Christ never gave up on him.
Later we see now Peter standing to defend Christ, talk highly of Him and leaves a staggering statement before those of reputation who thought of salvation in another way, Peter says vs. “12 Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Peter here stands so boldly, Christ in him and speaking such a profound truth still echoed today that Christ is the only way. Do we boldly stand and proclaim that truth when we speak with others or do we deny Christ by keeping quiet, or proclaiming Christ is one of the ways to God? In our postmodern world, majority define what their salvation should be, and those who hold the truth, hold it as relative and not absolute. Oh how I desire for God to raise such a remnant who has seen the cross as the pillar of Christianity and stand like Peter and proclaim the truth of salvation in Christ alone that He suffered, died, was buried and resurrected on the third day for our salvation. One plus God is majority; Christ in you will give you boldness to proclaim who He is. We are His ambassadors in this world. That is the reason we are still here, to proclaim His truth. I read about Christians being persecuted in other nations such as India, Iraq, Sudan, Pakistan, etc., what amazes me in hearing their stories is that their prayer is not primarily for persecution to stop, but that they be faithful to preach Christ, be His witness in their land.
If you go back to Luke 21, Jesus had prepared His disciples for perilous times. When the time came, it did not feel strange to them for they knew they had to suffer for Christ. Jesus talked to them about the signs of end times Luke 21:7-19, people would come in His name, wars, commotions, famine, pestilence etc. He then says as recorded in Luke 21:12-13, “12 But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons. You will be brought before kings and rulers for My name’s sake. 13 But it will turn out for you as an occasion for testimony.” Is this not exactly what we see in Acts 4, Christ being faithful to bring to pass what He had promised in the midst of persecution? He says “It will turn out for you as an occasion for testimony“, we see Peter testifying of what he had seen and heard.
Acts 4:13-14, “Vs 13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus. 14 And seeing the man who had been healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it.” Peter and John identified with Christ, now having stood for Christ, those of reputation and the crowd identified them with Christ, not only identified them with Him, but they also concluded they had been with Christ.
I am identified with Christ and more so for others to also identify me with Christ as I speak boldly of His name. People saw something different about them, though uneducated, untrained, they were amazed at the boldness and the words they spoke with wisdom echoing again Luke 21:14-15, “14 Therefore settle it in your hearts not to meditate beforehand on what you will answer; 15 for I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to contradict or resist”
God is amazing, He can use anything and anyone. It is not about ABILITY, it is about AVAILABLITY because you have been identified with Him. We do not do His work because we CAN, we do His Work because He CAN through us as His vessels. 2Corinthians 4:7, “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us“. Are you identified with Him? Do others identify you with Him? Are you available for His service? Examine yourself and see where you are. Blessings Ev
- Identified With Despised Christ, Part 2of3, Evans Olang (magnifyhisword.wordpress.com)
- The Testimony Of God, by Evans Olang (magnifyhisword.wordpress.com)
- It Is About The Cross, by Evans Olang (magnifyhisword.wordpress.com)
- Be Lifted Up, by Evans Olang (magnifyhisword.wordpress.com)