December 11, 1975
The Way International
“and” - now
“they” - has to be more than just Peter or more than John. I believe all the apostles were involved in
the situation, and they spoke unto the people while there was one group over here with Andrew, a
little group over there with Matthew, another group over there with John, another group some place
else with the other apostles.
“the priest and the captain of the temple and the Sadducees came upon them” - In other words, came
upon them means came to them. All priests were of what line? Aaron’s line. The captain of the
temple was a Levite. All the Levitical people were responsible for the care of the temple. And the
captain of the temple was a Levite. Aaron was of the tribe of Levi, but not all Levites were of the
bloodline of Aaron. They were not Aaronites. The priest, the high priest, and all the priests that
served in the capacity like Zacharias, the husband of Elizabeth, they were in the family. But the
captain of the temple, if I remember correctly, at sometimes they even chose those, if they had
enough bloodline, out of the direct descendants of Aaron. In other words, if there were enough men
living, direct descendants of Aaron, only one could be the high priest. Another one could be a learner
for the high priest or something like that, who then would become the high priest. The rest of the
offices could then be filled by people who came out of the bloodline; directly out of the bloodline of
Aaron. But it could not be any less than a Levite. That’s what I know about the word “captain”; the
captain of the temple and the Sadducees. The reason the Sadducees got so shook up is because of the
preaching as it says in verse 2.
The Sadducees did not believe in the resurrection from the dead. Yet these were the priests, the
captain of the temple, Sadducees, highly educated people in responsible positions. See, the Pharisees
did not agree with the Sadducees and the Sadducees did not agree with the Pharisees.
“grieved” – literally means - teed off, shook, exasperated. They were teed off because Peter and John
and the rest of the apostles were teaching the people and preaching that through Jesus came the
resurrection from the dead. Not just that Jesus was resurrected from the dead, but that through Jesus
there was going to be a what? Future resurrection from the dead, because God raised Jesus from the
dead; therefore, there is going to be a resurrection from the dead. And it’s real neat that they’re
teaching this dynamic truth, because it’s Israel basically, Jews that are there. And they are teaching
this great truth which you and I know from I Corinthians that specifically the resurrection deals with
Israel but the resurrection of the dead of Jesus Christ makes the rising again possible for the church
of the body, that the dead in Christ shall rise first.
That is why the word resurrection never deals with the church basically. To rise again from the dead,
yes. In order to have a resurrection Biblically everyone has to be dead. And not everyone is going to
be dead as far as the church of the body is concerned, because some will be alive and remain here at
his coming, and they will have to be changed. Yet, Jesus Christ was dead and God raised him from
the dead. Therefore, the resurrection of Jesus Christ, because he was a minister to Israel, fits like a
hand in a glove and works that way. And yet, out of that resurrection we get the benefits, as well as
Israel in the future. So this was the big argument.
“they laid hands on them” - simply means they seized or arrested them.
“and put them in hold” – put them in prison, in jail
“for it was now eventide” - It is evening, because legally they could not do any legal work after
sunset. But I don’t know why that would stop them. The guys were all screwed up on everything
else. They did the thing on Jesus. You see, they shift the law to suit them; the same thing today. So
here I guess they were going to have a party that night so they couldn’t take the trouble of doing it
after the eventide, so they said, “well, it’s eventide, let’s not do it tonight.”
“many of them which heard the word believed” - You see, it does not say that many of them believed
because the man was healed. They believed because they heard the Word; believing or faith cometh
by hearing, and hearing how? (Romans 10:17) By the Word, the Word, the Word. Many of those
people who heard the Word believed.
“about five thousand” - On the day of Pentecost at the original outpouring the number of men was
about what? – 3000, here and about 5000. Boy, that’s really terrific, because if you are going to have
5000 men saved, you are going to have at least 5000 men there, and not counting the women that
were allowed in the outer court, etc. There must have been a tremendous gang of people at the temple
area. And if the proportion of salvation was as bad then as it is today, you could multiply that easily
by 10 or 15.
“on the morrow” - the next day
“the rulers” – the priests
“the elders” - of Israel
“John and Alexander” - no one knows anything about them that I know of. I don’t know who John
and Alexander were. I know that they were of the kindred of the household of the priest.
“kindred” – genos - they were of the bloodline of the high priest. In other words, they were of the
bloodline of Aaron. Understand?
“And when they had set them” -- And here I guess you can go to Peter and John even though I
believe that other of the apostles were involved in the things at the temple. They set them. The
“them” could include more. You see, in chapter 3:1, Peter and .John went up together in the temple
at the hour of prayer. But it does not say that the other apostles were not present in the temple at the
hour of prayer. But we know that they threw these two fellows into jail. And, therefore, to be real
truthful, I don’t even know if I can prove that they just threw Peter and John into jail. Does it say so?
They could have thrown some of the rest of them into jail too, but this morning when they came back
here and examined them, then they get involved at least with Peter.
“by what power” - in what power
“filled with the Holy Ghost” – pletho with pneuma hagion – overflowed with holy spirit. It doesn’t
say that he was refilled because he had leaked out. It’s simply a statement of truth that he manifested,
he overflowed. He overflowed not in speaking in tongues, but Peter filled with pneuma hagion said
unto them. He started speaking, speaking as he was guided by the holy spirit inside. God was at work
within him to will and to do God’s good pleasure and he just opened his mouth and he just spoke
“good deed” - benefit
“whole” – sozo - completely whole, saved, new birth. So I told you I knew that he not only got
physically healed, but he got spiritually healed.
“Jesus Christ of Nazareth” - There is that name again, the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. From a
human point of view, Nazareth was a degrading place - no good thing could come out of Nazareth.
“Whom ye crucified” - See how direct again the statement is?
“Whom God raised from the dead” - Naturally every resurrection is a raising from the dead, but not
every raising from the dead is a resurrection, Biblically speaking.
“by him” -- by what God did through Jesus Christ
“whole” is not - sozo It is a word that, it in its root form, implies that you can see it, it’s visible. All
of sozo is not visible. You cannot see the Christ, salvation, eternal life. But the man, leaping and
jumping and praising God, walking, that was visible, and that is why the word “whole” here is the
Greek word – hugiës. I think that all together, with this one here, it is used 14 times - 12 times in the
gospels, once in the book of Acts and once in Titus 2:8.
“stone” - rock. It has to be rock. Jesus Christ of Nazareth, upon this rock I will build my church. This
is the rock, Jesus Christ, the stone. And I think the reason they used the word “stone” here is because
it is the key stone that ties together the arch in a buildings, for instance. You take that key stone out
of there and all the rest of them just crumble down.
“set at nought” - treated contemptuously
“of you builders” - by you builders
“Which is become” – who is become – by the resurrection
“the head of the corner” – cornerstone, keystone He is the cornerstone, the key stone. It’s that one
rock, that one stone that cements it together, that coheres the entire building.
That’s why when he said “Jesus Christ of Nazareth whom ye crucified,” he says that is the rock
which was treated contemptuously by you builders. By you builders - Who is he talking to? - The
heads of Judaism, the Sanhedrin, the 70, the ruling body. They were to be the builders of the truth of
God’s Word to God’s people. But they were not. They crucified Jesus of Nazareth. He was treated
contemptuously by you spiritual leaders. He has become the cornerstone.