We Cannot But Speak Of What We Have Seen and Heard

Preacher:

Main Scripture: Acts 4:13-22

We Cannot But Speak Of What We Have Seen and Heard

Acts 4:13-22
The world is made up of two types of people. Those who:
SUPRESS THE TRUTH IN UNRIGHTEOUSNESS (like the high priestly family, perfectly rational people being irrational in their denial)
PROCLAIM THE TRUTH IN UNCERTAINTY—IN AN UNCERTAIN ENVIRONMENT (like Peter and John who had no idea about how the hostile audience would react to their statements)
What makes the difference between the two?
The answer is in V.13— they recognised that they had been with Jesus.
The disciples were filled with confidence and certainty in what they were saying. These attributes were out of place among these uneducated people. So people marveled and recognised that THEY HAD BEEN WITH JESUS.
Have you been touched and transformed by Jesus in a way that people can see these transformations in your lives and recognise that you have been with Him?
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Other points made during the sermon:
—The truth supressed by the authorities: THEY had asked Pilate for the Roman guard. THEY had been approached by the terrified guards with the news of the resurrection. THEY had bribed the guards to spread a ridiculous untruth. They refused to acknowledge the resurrection just as they refused to acknowledge the miracle of the healing of the lame man standing before them in full sight. Such was their wickedness/blindness.
—When should you disobey authority?
- when commanded to do what God has forbidden
- when forbidden to do what God has commanded.
In our text, when Peter and John were asked not to preach any more in the name of Jesus, it was a no-brainer; they knew that they could not obey.
—Not many days ago, a very different Peter had been recognised as having been with Jesus. At that time he had been outside when Jesus was being questioned by the authorities, he had been afraid, and he had denied the Lord. This time, he was inside before the authorities, emboldened, and proclaiming the truth.