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Two Reactions to the Truth #1683

20 “For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.” 21 So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding no way of punishing them, because of the people, since they all glorified God for what had been done. 22 For the man was over forty years old on whom this miracle of healing had been performed. (Acts 4:20–22, NKJV)

The apostles Peter and John had been arrested for preaching “in Jesus the resurrection from the dead” (Acts 4:2). By the power of Christ they had healed a man who was over 40-years-old and lame from birth (Acts 3:1-10). This powerful miracle confirmed the genuineness of their message of salvation in Jesus. When pressured by the Jewish council “not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus,” the two apostles dramatically affirmed they would continue to speak what they had seen and heard (Acts 4:17-19). The people of Jerusalem glorified God over the man’s healing, and many became Christians (Acts 4:4). Their leaders knew a miracle had happened, yet they threatened the apostles in an attempt to silence them (Acts 4:14-18). These two opposing reactions show two contrasting conditions of heart toward the truth of the gospel. Do you want the truth, even when it means you will have to change to be right with God? Or, do you fight against the truth? (Do you really think you will win that fight? You won’t.) Now is the time to yield to God, believe His gospel, and obey His will (Matt. 7:21).

We Will Continue To Speak #487

17  “But so that it spreads no further among the people, let us severely threaten them, that from now on they speak to no man in this name.” 18  So they called them and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. 19  But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. 20  For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.” (Acts 4:17–20)

The gospel of Jesus was spreading in Jerusalem, and the Jewish rulers could not deny the notable miracles being worked by Peter and John (Acts 4:4, 15-16). So, they threatened them in a vain attempt to silence their message. Enemies of the cross of Christ continue to intimidate those who speak the truth about sin, righteousness and the judgment to come. Threats against Christians who speak and live their faith are on the rise. Do not be afraid of their threats. Their tactic of intimidation exposes their cowardice. Continue to live your faith and boldly speak the truth, fearing God rather than men.