11/21/2018 1:10:55 PM
How obvious is it that you have "been with Jesus"?
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.
Peter and John had been arrested. Their crime? The Holy Spirit healed a disabled men, enabling him to walk and leap and praise God (Acts 3:8). This gave Peter the opportunity to preach Christ to the crowd (Acts 3:12-26). Incensed, the next day the religious authorities demanded to know by what authority they did this thing (Acts 4:7). Again, Peter preached Christ to the religious leaders. Their response to Peter’s words?
They could not deny the man had been healed (4:14). They marveled at Peter and John’s boldness, especially since they could tell they were uneducated men (4:13), and “they realized that [Peter and John] had been with Jesus.” Here are four observations:
First, it isn’t likely that you and I will have healing ministries, but more important than the healing was the preaching of Christ—and we most certainly are called to do that.
Second, may our proclaiming Christ be in the boldness of the Holy Spirit.
Third, while education is a good thing, we need no special training or advanced degrees to speak the Gospel.
Fourth, may our lives make it obvious that we have “been with Jesus.” The Gospel is His gospel. Any boldness we have is boldness in Him. And having been saved by His grace, received through simple faith, result in our being changed—by Him.
That is how He gets all the glory.