Peter and John vs. Sanhedrin September 11, 1966
Acts 4 – An in-depth teaching of the account in Acts in which Peter and John manifest great boldness and believing by confronting the Sanhedrin after healing the lame man at the Temple gate Beautiful.
SNT – 212
Publication Date: 09-11-1966
Victor Paul Wierwille was a Bible scholar and teacher for over four decades.
By means of Dr. Wierwille's dynamic teaching of the accuracy and integrity of God's Word, foundational class and advanced class graduates of Power for Abundant Living have learned that the one great requirement for every student of the Bible is to rightly divide the Word of Truth. Thus, his presentation of the Word of God was designed for students who desire the in-depth-accuracy of God’s Word.
In his many years of research, Dr. Wierwille studied with such men as Karl Barth, E. Stanley Jones, Glenn Clark, Bishop K.C. Pillai, and George M. Lamsa. His formal training included Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Theology degrees from Mission House (Lakeland) College and Seminary. He studied at the University of Chicago and at Princeton Theological Seminary from which he received a Master of Theology degree in Practical Theology. Later he completed his work for the Doctor of Theology degree.
Dr. Wierwille taught the first class on Power for Abundant Living in 1953.
Books by Dr. Wierwille include: Are the Dead Alive Now? published in 1971; Receiving the Holy Spirit Today published in 1972; five volumes of Studies in Abundant Living— The Bible Tells Me So (1971), The New, Dynamic Church (1971), The Word's Way (1971), God's Magnified Word (1977), Order My Steps in Thy Word (1985); Jesus Christ Is Not God (1975); Jesus Christ Our Passover (1980); and Jesus Christ Our Promised Seed (1982).
Dr. Wierwille researched God's Word, taught, wrote, and traveled worldwide, holding forth the accuracy of God's "wonderful, matchless" Word.
Act 3:1-26; 4:1-4; Rom 10:9, 10
(Act 19:7); Act 4:4-13
Act 4:13-22; (Joh 9:1ff)
snt-0212 peter and john Acts 4(vpw)
Take your Bibles tonight and turn to the book of Acts, chapter three. I really do not want to teach chapter three, I want to teach part of chapter four. But in order to understand the fourth chapter, we will have to read the third chapter. on many occasion or number numerous occasions, I have taught among our people, the third chapter. And of course, tonight, I do not feel that I want to particularly deal with that third chapter. But there are some tremendous things in that fourth chapter that I would like to share with our people tonight. But we're going to read, I'm going to read the third chapter, and begin with the first verse. But before I read this, remember historically, that this occurred sometime shortly after the day of Pentecost. And on the Day of Pentecost, these apostles were first born again of God's Spirit, and filled with the power of the Holy Spirit, on the day of Pentecost. And after the day of Pentecost, in chapter three, verse one, you have this record, not Peter and John went up together in the temple at the hour of prayer being the ninth hour, the ninth hour is three o'clock in the afternoon, our time. This is Jewish time, it's written in here. Verse two, on a certain man laying from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple, which is called Beautiful to ask arms of them that entered into the temple. One of the reasons I want to teach the fourth chapter tonight is because the last time I taught this, I had to explain it to six people after the service or that following week, six or seven, who said to me, How come you made the statement, saying that this man who was healed was an outstanding prominent member of a family. They said, We can't read that in the Bible. Because I have always taught that this man was in the aristocratic section of society. He belonged to the upper 400 or 500. I don't know how many hundreds we got. He was a prominent man. And I have taught consistently, that if you wanted to beg, if you wanted to beg, you wouldn't particularly sit at the temple gate, to beg you would get out among the people more than just at the temple. That some of these things I think you'll see later on tonight why I have consistently taught this among our people. Well, anyways, this man was laid daily at the gate of the temple, which is called Beautiful. Verse three, who's seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple Aspinall arms, and Peter fastening his eyes upon him with John said, look on us. And he, the man gave heed unto them expecting to receive something of them. Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I had none, but such as I have, give it in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk. And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately, his feet and ankle bones receive strength. And he leaping up, stood and walked and entered with them into the temple, laughing and leaping and praising God. And all the people saw him walking in praising God. And they knew that it was he which sat for arms at the beautiful gate of the temple, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto Him. And as the lay man which was healed, held Peter and John, all the people ran together unto them in the porch that is called Solomon's greatly wondering. And when Peter saw that he answered under the people he met of Israel, why marvel ye at this? Or why are you looking so earnestly on us, as though by our own power, our holiness, we have made this man to walk, the God of Abraham, and Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers have glorified his Son Jesus, whom he delivered up and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go, but he denied the Holy One, and the just and decide a murderer to be granted unto you and killed the Prince of life, whom God has raised from the dead. Where are we are locked All right that 15 versus tremendous God have raised from that. God would not needed to have raised him had he not been left dead. What it says that's what it means. God raised Him from the dead. Where We Are What witnesses, witnesses are witnesses, Weiner was seated. A witness is one who knows the reality of it. And his name, very 16. Through faith in His name, has made this man strong, whom you see and know, yea, the faith which is by him by Jesus Christ, has given him this man, this perfect soundness in the presence of you all. And my brother, I left, I know that through ignorance, you did it, as did also your rollers. But those things which God before had showed by the mouth of Ali's prophets, that Christ should suffer, he had so fulfilled, Repent you therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be brought out. When the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord, and he shall send Jesus Christ which before was preached unto you, Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of our things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all his holy Prophet since the world began. Or Moses truly said unto the fathers, Prophet, shall the Lord your God, raise up unto you of your brother and like unto me, him shall ye here in all things, whatsoever He shall say unto you. And it shall come to pass that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people. Yay, and all the prophets from Samuel, and those that follow after as many as have spoken, spoken about Christ, have like rice for a total of these days. He are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant, which God made with our fathers saying to Abraham, and in thy seed Giada, the kindred of the earth be blessed, on to you, first, on to you, first, Israel unto you first, after Pentecost, God has raised up his son Jesus sent even Him. The word even is in most critical Greek texts, to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities his sins. And as they speak, unto the people, as Peter and John speak to the people, the priests, and the captain of the temple. And the Sadducees came upon them. Being grieved that day, Peter and John taught that people and preached through Jesus, the resurrection from that, what disturbed them direct that's, that's always the disturbing reality. Even in this present day, they would not have cared had they said that Jesus was a great man, that he was wonderful, a lot of people would have accepted that, that would not have disturbed. But the point in issue that disturbed them was always the preaching of the resurrection. And this is still the point that disturbs me validate that Jesus really rose again from the dead. You see, Christianity rises or falls upon that truth. If God did not raise him from the dead, then our faith and our believing is all in vain. Then we do not have eternal life. Then when you are manifesting the manifestations of the Spirit, you're not manifesting. It's all contingent, and it all hinges upon the reality of the resurrection. And you cannot have a resurrection from the dead without somebody being dead. else it would just be a resurrection from a stupor or an LSD jaunt or something or three boxes of aspirin, then it would not be a resurrection from the dead. Well watch this thing developed. And they laid hands on them. There you have the laying on of hands and put them in hold in prison. the laying on of hands here is they seized them, you know, captured them arrested them, gave him a ticket. They laid hands on them, and put them in hold in prison onto the next day, for it was now even died, was too late to work on him that night took him put him in jail. I'll be it verse for many of them. Many of those people which had heard the word in want believe, and that's great. Because how can a person believe except he hears the word and say always tremendous? Peter, and John really had taught the Word. And people had heard that word. And when they heard about the resurrection, as it teaches in the rest of the Bible, and they believed in the resurrection, what happened to them, they got saved, born again of God's Spirit. Romans 10, nine and 10. Remember, don't confess with my mouth, the Lord Jesus believe God raised him from that dollar shot. We want her with a heart man believeth unrighteousness with a mouth confessions made under salvation, debt, many that had heard did was the lead. Sure. And the number of men was about 5000. That's terrific. Imagine Peter and John preaching that sermon, or portions of which are set forth in that third chapter, which I read in detail to you tonight are completely they heard that sermon and more than 5000 men were converted. Imagine the crowd there must have been their present that day. Dad this many men converted. If the proportion of response to the gospel was as bad Ben as it is now. They must have had are robbing big crowds. 5000 men, that means they perhaps had 10,000 women. But you see, they didn't count the women when they got to giving the numerical number of the month. Like in Ephesus remember the story and x 19? There were how many men? Isn't that x 19? Must we read it? And all the men, verse seven, were about how many? About 12. They listed demand. That does not mean that we're not young people, or women who got converted, or added this day that we're reading about. There were about 5000 Men added verse five, and it came to pass on the morrow, that their rulers and elders and scribes, and Anis, the high priest, and Caiaphas and John Alexander, and as many as were of the Kindred, relative of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem. And when they, these rulers have set them, Peter and John, in the midst they set them in the midst of the Sanhedrin they had a meeting of the console, the ruling console was composed of 70 this is why it's called a Sanhedrin 70. These made up the ruling authority of the temple and of Judaism. And in the midst these men were all seated on their judges chairs and in the myths they put Peter and John and they asked them by watt power by watt power, there is a key by watt power or by name have you done this? These men knew that there was power to do miracles, signs wonders. These men knew that there were other or names that could be used that are given great results. Therefore, their first question was bilat power. By right authority, by whose name? Do you do these things? Verse five, then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost. The text reads no article in the text. Then Peter filled with new Maha Gill. Holy Spirit. I thought Peter got filled in Acts chapter two, on the day of Pentecost, didn't he? Sure. But here is the verse they use that you have to get filled up and filled up again. And again, like an automobile tank that runs out of gasoline. Refilling they call it, and and filling every time you need, it is what they teach. You haven't always got it. But boy, if you're walking good enough, then when you're really need if God gives it to you, again, doesn't say that. You know, like it says in here, then Peter filled with new Mahajan with the gift. Because it's simply saying this because now he's going to show you that only a man who had been born again and filled with the Holy Spirit could have stood this test, and given the answer, because you'll see an operation, the word of knowledge, the word of wisdom, and all these manifestations. And in order to produce those things, you must be born again, and filled with the power. Doesn't say just got filled them says in Acts two we got filled at that time. This is just a statement that he was full, General. Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, new Maha Gill and Holy Spirit set on to them. He rulers of the people and elders of Israel, this is how I know it was the Sanhedrin they were the rulers of the people, and they words called the elders of Israel. Verse nine, if we this day, be examined of the good deed done to the important man, by what means he has made her Be it known unto you, onto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name here it gives it the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, he crucified. God did not raised from the dead, even by him that this man stand here before you whole tremendous statement is they asked him by Rod power. In verse seven, and by name, by lab power, or by last name, did you do it? Did he answer that question? Very definitely. Right down the line, right down the line. And then, that tremendous state, even by him that this man stand here before you what, oh, he just was not healed. He was healed. Plus, because a man can be healed and still not be made whole. To be made whole is to be healed. Plus, remember the story of the 10 lepers who came to Jesus.
All 10 were healed. One of those 10 returned to Jesus to give thanks. And the Bible says when was made, oh. Only one was made whole. There's a tremendous difference in the Bible. When it speaks about being healed or being made home. A man could be healed and still not be made whole. Because to be made whole, is to be born again. I've gotten spirit to be saved, to be filled with the power of God. It is a mental, physical, spiritual completeness. You could be physically here and still not be spiritually whole, or healed. So when you have a spiritual completeness, a mental and physical everything, then the Bible says they were made whole tremendous Jesus of Nazareth, who need crucified whom God raised from the dead even by him that this man stand here before you whole verse 11. This Jesus of Nazareth is the stone which What set up not have you builders, which is become the head of art. There is a tremendous state. This is the stone Jesus Christ is the stone, which was set at not by the builders, who were the builders, the elders of Israel, the Senate run, they were the ones who were in charge of building the right to God among God's people, right. But this Jesus of Nazareth, these builders Senate map, they said, he's no good. They said, Crucify Him. Yet, he has become the head of the corner, that something that stone which is set at not by the builders. The builders didn't use it. And yet, the Scripture says he has become the head of the corner, how the world can you become the head of the corner of the builder zone using because there is a greater builder than just the men who were in the Sanhedrin. Because God raised Him from the dead, it was God, who set him and Gods a bigger builder than typhus, or anus, or any of the other rumors of the temple of the Sanhedrin. And so those builders rejected it, but God put him at the head, isn't that tremendous? Wonderful, he has become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other. Or there is none other name under heaven, given among men, whereby we must be safe. There were many other names under heaven that the Sanhedrin knew of whereby people improve their life whereby they lived a better life than they've ever lived before.
But this record of Peter and John before the Sanhedrin said it so plainly. Neither is their wholeness, salvation in any other than Jesus of Nazareth, whom God raised from the dead, for there is no other name under heaven, which means there's no other name here upon Earth, given among men, whereby we must be that you cannot get saved in the name of any other person. The only way people can get saved is in the name of Jesus Christ.
Verse 13. Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned, and ignorant men, that does not mean stupid.
They were called unlearned and ignorant because Peter and John had never attended the theological seminary. They had never graduated from the Theological Seminary of their denomination. Peter and John, were not ignorant, to the end that you would think of it today where you'd say, well, they were stupid, they weren't stupid. They just had not graduated from the proper echelons of acceptance in society. That's why they said they were unlearned. I understand there are onward in the theological schools of the times. Oh, thank God they were else he might have been as far off as the rest of the sitting in the Sanhedrin. Fried. They were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled. Tremendous thing, because they were both these men were bold. they marveled and they took knowledge of them. That boy, must have been with Jesus. That's right. That's something.
All the difference in the world. These men were bold even though they had never graduated from the accepted theological schools have their times and they were looked upon by the members of the Senate run as being unlearned.
because they had never graduated from those schools, yet. They marveled at them. And they took knowledge of them. They recognize them, saying, Well, boy, they must have gotten this thing from Jesus. Verse 14, and beholding the man, which was healed, standing with them, they could say nothing against it. The man who was healed was the testimony. He was their testimony. He was a testimony of Peter and John. Really a man's testimony is not his words. It's that which is produced by the words he teaches. If men and women are not born again. A man could say, well, he's always preaching salvation. I may always be preaching, but he certainly hasn't tapped any power. Because if he, if he preached, it, really preached it, people would get born again saved, and that's the testimony. You have men filled with the Holy Spirit. You hear them speaking in tongues, interpreting, prophesying, operating word of knowledge, wisdom, discerning faith, miracles and healing. That's the truth. This man was their testimony, he had been healed. Right safety. Butter when they had commanded them to go out of the console, that Sanhedrin the leader is conferred among themselves. Verse 60, saying, What shall we do to these men are that indeed a notable miracle has to be done by them, is manifest to all them that don't in Jerusalem, and we cannot, cannot deny it. The word notable is the great word in that verse. These men who are heads of the Sanhedrin, had seen many miracles. They had seen Firewalkers they had seen the old rope trick. They had seen what you and I know today and referred to today as spiritualism and its operations. They have seen these people who said, President so and so well die at such and such a time, they have seen all that the kids are notable, because here was a miracle that was different. Here was a miracle. That was so much bigger, and so much smaller than they have ever seen under the other so called teacher. This is why people they asked him by last name, or by that power, you see why they had seen these other firecrackers they had seen these people who said, Wow, the president's going to die of such and such a time, so and so's gonna happen to Maggie, McClinton, Suzie Q's gonna do this. They had seen that this were notable, and everybody skips over it, because the notables the key. That's right, something better and bigger and more wonderful. The same as a read of Jesus. In John chapter nine, when he opened the eyes of a man who was born blind, remember, I say I had prophesied that when this Jesus would come, he would do a notable miracle. And that no job of America, it would be the doing of that miracle that would prove that he was God's only begotten Son, the Messiah, the promised one Israel. And that is he said that he would be the first person who would ever open the eyes of a man born blind. And you can read through the Bible from Genesis to America, through Matthew through Mark, Luke, John in the gospel. You get to the story, finally, in John nine, of where Jesus proved his messianic mission. No other place in the Old Testament. Do you ever read about a man being born dying and getting healed? You're reading the Old Testament about a man having leprosy name and being healed. You read about people who were afflicted by the devil in some other field being healed, but you never read about anybody who was born blind getting healed, but in John nine you do. Why? Because Isaiah said It opened the eyes of a man who's born blind. That's a lot of America. Here was a man who was laid, as this man was delivered by the power of God through the blending of Peter and John, who had gone the minister that day. And after they were brought before the Senate, when they finally put them up, and said, What to have a little meeting tomorrow. And they said, Indeed, a notable miracle has to be done by them, has been done by him. By them who did it. They did. Peter anto did not do it. No, the Bible says who did it, Peter and John, that's what tells us what it means. But the verses before had told you that they did it by the power of God. First of all, Peter was filled with a lot in verse eight, Holy Spirit, verse 10, that by the name of Jesus of Nazareth, God raised up we have made this or this man has been made whole. So you and yet had Peter and John not carried out the ministry had they not done the work with this man have ever been delivered? Now, he'd still been sitting there if he hadn't died, but now right? So that's tremendous. Why look at very 17 but that stop it spreading? Let's put The Quietus on this business. What is that it spread no further among the people, let us straightly threaten them that they speak henceforth to no man in that on that they didn't mighty mighty they talked about Maggie McGinnis, or Johnny jump up or snowball Peter Henry Bilkul. They didn't mind whatever they talked about except one name, the name of Jesus. And they would never have needed to fear that name. Had it not been a god did one thing raised that tribe there's power in that name, just named Jesus. There a lot of Jesus in the word Jesus is the Hebrew word Joshua, the Old Testament, Joshua is the same word as the word Jesus in the New there were a lot of Jesus's like there are a lot of Mary's today a lot of Poles a lot of Victor's a lot of John's a lot of Henry's. So there were a lot of Jesus's Joshua's in the days, but this one's special. Why? Because God raised him on. That's it. So they, they just didn't want him to want Peter and John to speak in that game. It might if they use the name Henry or Mary or anything, but not the name of Jesus, or that dust? Does it mean speaking it on your lips? But what he represented? Don't you understand? That whenever they use that name, they use our power in it. So they didn't want Peter and John answered and said unto them, we'll carry out what you've ordered. After all, you're the bosses. You're the head of our denomination gotta carry it out. Peter and John answered and said unto them, whether it be right in the solder side of God to hearken unto you more than under God, you judge that something or we cannot, verse 20, we cannot, but speak the things which we have seen at all. When you get to that place you've moved. Most people will continue to speak the things which they know are contrary to God's word. Even though you've shown them the accuracy of God's word, they'll still go back to stay in alignment in harmony with society, or with a group of people with whom they want to meet. Peter and John didn't. They said, You be the judge, whether it's more important, we speak what God said or you said. And they said, we cannot, we just cannot speak anything but the things which we have seen. And which we have heard. Isn't that tremendous? So when they add further threaten them, they let them go, finally turned him loose. Finding nothing verse 21, how they might punish them, because of God. For all those people who had believed the 5000 and others, glorified God for that, which was what? Amen, that something nice 22 for the man was above 30 years old. On whom this miracle of healing was shown, or it was done on whom the Spirit call was done at various the key. The man was hollow. They never give a man's age in the Bible. Unless he is a dignitary the age of a Raja, or the age of a prince is no but the age of the average person in the Bible Iran's and in the east to this day is not know why. Because they always say that God knows salida I have to know. This is right man like Dr. Lanza could never tell you exactly when he was born. He may have set a date finally and sublight born September the 12th. Such and such a time, but he really doesn't know because they never keep the accurate date of the time when a person is born on less he is a prince, one who is to rule erasure. This is how I know that this man was held above 30. And this is why he was in that aristocratic group of rajas or princes, and he would not have needed to have been laid at the camp or gate beautiful because his daddy was poverty stricken and couldn't afford to keep him. His father could have kept him he was royalty. Secondly, never would have laid him at this temple gate. Had he been poverty stricken, they would have had to take him around the other gates of the city, not the temple gate beautiful. He was laid at the temple gate beautiful because he was a very important family. He was the family of a prince or odd job one with great dignity. This is why it gives his age.
Verse 23, and being let go. They went to their own company, and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said unto them, and when they heard that, when the when the their own company heard that they lifted up their voice to God with one accord and said, Lord, thy God, which has made heaven and earth and the sea, and all that in them is who by the mouths of thy servant David that said, why did the heathen rage and the people imagined vain things? Verse 26, the kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord and against his Christ. Wherever truth against thy holy child, Jesus, the Word child is the word servant, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate with the Gentiles, the people of Israel, were gathered together for to do Whatsoever thy hand in that conflict determined before to be done. And now, Lord, verse 29. By the way, this is the first prayer in the Bible, after the day of Pentecost, first prayer that's listed. That doesn't mean that didn't pray before but this first one, it's written in the Bible after the day of Pentecost.
Behold that threatening and grant unto thy servants that was all bone. They may speak at a tremendous prayer, to pray for something more of the same stuff you had that got you in trouble to begin with?
Isn't what got them in trouble. They took note of their bones. And they marveled that Iran learned in England that they must have been with Jesus. And this very boldness, got them into trouble. Then they come back to the prayer meeting, and what are they pray for? More of the same stuff that got them into trouble to begin with? That's something you've got to really be convinced to your product to pray like that. Ordinarily, you'd have prayed for a vacation. Go fishing. That Oh, Lord, we had an awful time in Jerusalem with those unbelievers. My Lord you know we did your work then if you don't mind, Lord, I like to go to the lake fishing for a week or two. And Lord, if it's really all right with you just change my location. You call me Lord to go to a new community in a new church, Florida can't stand to pressure over here any longer. No. They prayed. That was our bullets. They may say Pick up the word about the priests. Not to speak down experience of our that theologies or their background, but to speak one thing people want the word because faith cometh by hearing and hearing one thing, the learns, and their prayer was, Lord, give us more boldness to preach the Lord to preach the Lord.
Tremendous prayed for by stretching fourth verse 30, dying hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done by the name. They had threatened them and said, don't use what the name. And the men said to the men of the Senate and Peter and John said to them, are we going? Are you asking us to go by what you say about what God says. When they get back to the prayer meeting, they pray for boldness to speak the word and to speak in the name where they disobedient to the Sanhedrin definitely, but they were obedient Oh, and you're gonna make up your own mind. Whether you're going to be obedient to what people say. When that which people says that which they say is contradictory to that which God says, You've got to make up your own mind, whether you're going to go by what people say, or whether you're going to go by the word of God. You make up your mind. You have freedom, oil, these men had freedom, oil. They made up their mind not to go by rock, this was a disobedient. Definitely, because the Senator and us the elders, the leaders were wrong. They did not go by what the leader said when they were wrong. They went by what God said, who was right, who is a leader about every leader. Or even though that so called leaders set that stone, the builders rejected that stone, he God made him that chief corner show, or God is bigger than any human ruler.
Verse 31. And when they had prayed, that place was shaken where they weren't assembled together. Now that doesn't mean every time you pray the place going shake.
This was a phenomenon, God's business. Why if this happened in most places, when you pray today, you'd have more funerals would have anybody laughed. They all get scared to death. Because we're so we're so on acclimatized to God doing anything, that when we find some place where God flew in a little bit, we sometimes wonder what's going on must be counterfeit. They were all filled with new Maha Gill know article talking about the gift. They are filled with the Holy Ghost. And they speak the word of God with what did the threatening of those leaders determine? No. They were not acclimatized any longer to what people thought, what the community said what society said. They had acclimatized themselves to the revelation that God had given any Son Jesus Christ, and they have conditioned their lives according to that. I said to you earlier tonight once talking about Dr. Williams, how this might take him two or three years, you know, that would take him two or three years. Because to break with society. The average person in our society today takes him two or three didn't take those boys two or three years. Why? Because they believe God's word was right fit in there that tried to come fast and sing up there something you know, life takes us so long to getting the walk on God's word because we don't want to really walk on it. We're looking for every excuse to get out of it. These man had just as much to overcome, didn't they? They are a little more they a lot of persecution. got thrown in jail. A lot of other things. They had as much to overcome as I have for us. Then why couldn't they do it so quickly? Because they weren't convinced. They had seen they had hurt people have you not seen Have you not heard This is why it gives the record here. They were air filled with the Holy Ghost. That's the key. But there's more to it than just being filled. If you went through it said they believed when the rotors are the Senator and fight love. They didn't say when there's rumors tried to scare them that didn't scare. The early church men who moved the Word of God across the known world that day, and had they not moved if you and I wouldn't have the gospel today. Those men walked everywhere with boldness, and preaching the word in season and out of season, which means it was always, always the word and nothing but the word. And the reason they changed is because they were filled with the Holy Spirit and they believe a person can be filled with the Holy Spirit, and still take 20 years until he makes up his mind God's right. What you want to waste your life for, make up your mind, whether God's word is right or wrong. If it's wrong, have it over with, if it's right, believe it and condition your life to luck on that word. If you and I don't do this, the world will again will not hear the word. It takes men and women born again of God's Spirit filled with the Holy Spirit with the renewed knights who are bold, and who stand on the Word and preach that word and teach it in season analyses. Our responsibility is faithfulness to God's word. It is God's responsibility to make that word, produce the results when we presented. Understand, even as it was in Acts, chapter three and chapter four, this is the greatness of God's Word. And God is still doing this. God is still healing men and women. He is still setting men and women free. But this is one segment of the word. And it was a literal, physical healing of a man who was about or over 40 years of age. Right? That tremendous. Had you been sick for 40 years? Had I been sick for 40 years with the same sickness?
Would you have much faith what I have much faith to believe to be healed after 40 years? Some of us get sick one week and we got an awful time believing to get healed and here was a man over 40 years of age who had never been able to look. I tell you, I'm not going to take more time to teach this because I was only interested in generally covering the chapter but think about it some time when that man was he Oh, he must have believed