Acts 5

Thursday Evening Bible Study

October 3, 2013


Do people see Jesus? Is the gospel preached? Does it speak to the broken hearted? Does it build up the church? Milk – Meat – Manna Preach for a decision Is the church loved?  Goal is 4400 words…

The church was born on the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit was poured out on the disciples.  Peter preached, 3,000 people responded, and the church was born.

Peter and John then healed a man who had been born lame, and then got into trouble because they were preaching about Jesus.  They were put on trial before the Jewish religious leaders and released with a stern warning not to talk about Jesus anymore.

Last week we ended with a little peek into the workings of the early church, and especially how many people had sold their possessions and were meeting the needs of the poor.

One such fellow was Barnabas, who sold a piece of property and gave it to the church to distribute among the poor.

Note:  As we’ve been talking about the Gifts of the Holy Spirit on Sunday, pay attention to how many of the gifts are in operation in this particular chapter.

5:1-11 Ananias and Sapphira

:1 But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession.

:2 And he kept back part of the proceeds, his wife also being aware of it, and brought a certain part and laid it at the apostles’ feet.

:2 kept back part of the proceeds

Even though many of the people selling property gave their entire proceeds to the church, there is never any record of a commandment to do such a thing.

These people had just giving willingly, apparently out of response of the work of the Holy Spirit on their lives.
Last Sunday we talked about the “gift of giving”, and perhaps this might have been an example of that spiritual gift at work.

The problem we’re going to see with Ananias and Sapphira is not that they kept back part of the proceeds of their property sale, but that they pretended that they too were giving everything they had to the church when they weren’t.



The church was still all brand new and fresh.  Things were going really, really well.
And then the first hypocrites raised their heads.
hypocritehupokrites – an interpreter; an actor, pretender, hypocrite
The ancient Greeks used this word to describe the actors performing on stage in a play.
They were pretending to be something they actually weren’t.

In ancient Greek theater, the actors wore “masks” to display their emotions.

The word began to evolve until it was used to describe all kinds of people who pretended to be something they weren’t.

Jesus uses the word 20 times, such as:

(Mt 6:5 NKJV) “And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.

Just like stage actors, the “hypocrite” plays to his audience.  Everything is done for the show, for the outward appearance.

The church is often being criticized as being full of hypocrites.
Perhaps we ought to own up to the fact that there are indeed many of us guilty of hypocrisy.
Pay attention to how God deals with the first instance of hypocrisy.

:3 But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself?

:3 why has Satan filled your heart


Expect problems

Some folks are quite shocked to find out that there are problems within the church.
We come to know Jesus and find His grace and mercy, and think that church must be a place where everyone walks in the Spirit and always does the right thing.
The truth is, that just ain’t the case.
Safe Driver
A woman in her eighties was determined she would keep driving. Naturally her family was concerned about her slower reflexes. She would go out at night alone, so they were disturbed about her safety. They told her about muggings, kidnappings, and carjackings. They thought that it would keep her at home. But it didn’t; Instead, she went out and bought a gun. She didn’t know a thing about handling a gun, but she loaded it up and shoved it in her purse. She decided she would use it if someone gave her problems; Well, she was walking out of this store during the Christmas season with her packages. She looks over and sees these three guys in the car and they’re slammin’ the door. She thinks, “This is my moment:” So she reaches in her purse, pulls out her gun, walks right up to the car window and says, “Get out of my car! Get away from behind that steering wheel! You guys, move!” Three guys got out and ran in three different directions; By now a crowd had gathered and they were staring at her and smiling. She was feeling pretty proud of herself. So she put her gun in her purse and got her keys out and the keys didn’t fit. It wasn’t her car.
I don’t know that Satan is always the one filling our heart with bad stuff all the time, we make many of our own messes, but I do know that we all make mistakes. 
Whenever two humans get together, we can expect that there will be problems. What’s surprising for some of us it to find that sometimes the problem is with … ME.

:4 While it remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your own control? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.”

:3 keep back part of the price

How did Peter know this?  We’ll be talking next Sunday about the gift called “the word of knowledge”.

There are times when God may give a person a piece of information of “knowledge” about something that they would have no other way of knowing.

:4 You have not lied to men but to God


The Deity of the Holy Spirit

This is an important verse in understand who the Holy Spirit is.
In verse 3, Peter says that Ananias has lied “to the Holy Spirit”.
In verse 4, he says that Ananias has “lied … to God”.
Peter is equating the Holy Spirit with God.
The Holy Spirit is not just God’s “force”, like an impersonal thing.
The Holy Spirit is not just one among many “spirits” out there.
He is God.
He can do anything.  And He’s in us.


The Spirit in me

Jesus said,
(Jn 14:16–17 NKJV) —16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.

Jesus called the Holy Spirit “another Helper”, another who was called alongside to help.

Up to this point in the gospel of John, Jesus has been with the disciples for three years, at their side, helping, guiding, and teaching them.

The Holy Spirit will take that role in their lives after Jesus is in heaven. 

Jesus said that it would be good that He went to heaven because then the Father would send the Spirit.
(Jn 16:7 NKJV) Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.
We have lost a good man today.
Pastor Chuck went home to be with Jesus early this morning.
For years I used to worry about what would happen to Calvary Chapel once Chuck was gone.

It really depends on whether or not we’ve been trusting in Chuck, or trusting in God.

Chuck was just an ordinary human like all of us.

Chuck had the same Holy Spirit that is available to all of us.

I am thankful for a man who gave me a good example of what it looked like to trust in the Holy Spirit’s work.

:5 Then Ananias, hearing these words, fell down and breathed his last. So great fear came upon all those who heard these things.

:6 And the young men arose and wrapped him up, carried him out, and buried him.

:6 and buried him

In the Middle East, the common custom is to bury a person on the same day that they die.

Especially in ancient times without the modern practices of preserving bodies, once the body dies, it starts to stink as it decays.

:7 Now it was about three hours later when his wife came in, not knowing what had happened.

:8 And Peter answered her, “Tell me whether you sold the land for so much?” She said, “Yes, for so much.”

:8 Tell me whether you …


Tell the truth before you’re caught

Peter could have told her first about what had happened to her husband. It’s possible that she would have admitted her sin then.
But instead Peter leaves her in the dark to see if she will on her own admit to what she had done.
Sometimes we are afraid of admitting the truth because of the consequences and the truth doesn’t come out until we get caught in our lie.
God would prefer that we learn to live in truth.

Truth is the key to growing up.

(Eph 4:15 NKJV) but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—

Telling the truth is the opposite of hypocrisy. 
The expression “face the music” is said to have originated in Japan.  According to the story, one man in the imperial orchestra couldn’t play a note. Being a person of great influence and wealth, he had demanded that he be given a place in the group because he wanted to “perform” before the emperor.  The conductor agreed to let him sit in the second row of the orchestra, even though he couldn’t read music.  He was given a flute, and when a concert would begin, he’d raise his instrument, pucker his lips, and move his fingers.  He would go through all the motions of playing, but he never made a sound.  This deception continued for two years.
Then a new conductor took over.  He told the orchestra that he wanted to audition each player personally.  One by one they performed in his presence.  Then came the flutist’s turn.  He was frantic with worry, so he pretended to be sick.  However, the doctor who was ordered to examine him declared that he was perfectly well.  The conductor insisted that the man appear and demonstrate his skill. Shamefacedly he had to confess that he was a fake. He was unable to “face the music.”
Fred Mitchell was chairman of the China Inland Mission.  At his funeral, one of the speakers said this:  “You never caught Fred Mitchell off his guard because he never needed to be on it.” Duncan called that statement “one of the most remarkable tributes I ever heard paid to any Christian.”

:9 Then Peter said to her, “How is it that you have agreed together to test the Spirit of the Lord? Look, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out.”

:10 Then immediately she fell down at his feet and breathed her last. And the young men came in and found her dead, and carrying her out, buried her by her husband.

:10 she fell down at his feet and breathed her last


When giving is wrong

It’s not a good thing to be giving for the wrong reasons.  Ananias and Sapphira wanted attention.
Jesus said,
(Mt 6:1 NKJV) “Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven.

:11 So great fear came upon all the church and upon all who heard these things.

:11 great fear

I would imagine so.

How many of us would come to church if we died the moment we committed hypocrisy?


Fear of hypocrisy

George MacDonald wrote, “Half of the misery in the world comes from trying to look, instead of trying to be, what one is not.”
Yesterday a friend posted this on Facebook:
DEALBREAKER question for EVERYBODY... Let's say you're single and meet a wonderful, spiritually mature, fun, incredibly gorgeous potential spouse. One caveat: THIS PERSON CAN SUPERNATURALLY READ YOUR MIND, ALL THE TIME. ALL of your thoughts, ALWAYS. Dealbreaker?

It was fun to see some of the comments.  I don’t mean to get preachy and condemning about any of the comments – but the point is this –

God CAN read your mind all the time.  Our lives would do much, much better if we lived in the light of realizing that we need to be open and honest.

Living openly and honestly is what it means to be “walking in the light”.  You have nothing to hide.  John wrote,

(1 Jn 1:7 NKJV) But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

I understand how difficult it would be living with a person who can read every thought, but it would certainly change a lot of things.  The truth is, you already do live with someone like that.  Stop pretending you can hide your sin.


Good beginnings

This would not be a usual occurrence in the early church – people dying from hypocrisy.
In fact, in a few years, Peter himself would be guilty of hypocrisy.  Paul talks about a time when Peter went north to visit the Gentile church at Antioch.  At first he hung out with the Gentiles, until some of the Jewish brethren arrived from Jerusalem, then Peter stopped hanging out with the Gentiles.
(Ga 2:13 NLT) As a result, other Jewish Christians followed Peter’s hypocrisy, and even Barnabas was led astray by their hypocrisy.
Paul would stand up and confront Peter face to face in front of the church.  Peter was rebuked, but he didn’t die.
I think there are certain times when God makes a statement at the “beginning” of things.
Sometime similar took place when the Old Testament worship of Yahweh got started in the days of Moses and the Tabernacle.
Moses had set up the Tabernacle and was performing the very first sacrifices.  In response to following God’s directions in worship, God had sent fire down from heaven to consume the initial sacrifices.  We know from the record (Lev. 10:8) that two of Aaron’s sons, Nadab and Abihu, had been off drinking somewhere and when the fire came down, they thought they had better do something.  They rushed in to offer incense when there was no order to offer incense.

What happened to them?  They died (Lev. 10:1-3)

(Le 10:1–3 NLT) —1 Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu put coals of fire in their incense burners and sprinkled incense over them. In this way, they disobeyed the Lord by burning before him the wrong kind of fire, different than he had commanded. 2 So fire blazed forth from the Lord’s presence and burned them up, and they died there before the Lord. 3 Then Moses said to Aaron, “This is what the Lord meant when he said, ‘I will display my holiness through those who come near me. I will display my glory before all the people.’ ” And Aaron was silent.

God made a clear statement that He wanted things done right.

You see similar things happening when Israel came into the Promised Land and Achan died.  You see it when David brought the Ark into Jerusalem and Uzzah died.

The event with Ananias and Sapphira is exactly the same.  God wanted the church to get off to a good start, without hypocrisy.

5:12-16 Miracles

:12 And through the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people. And they were all with one accord in Solomon’s Porch.

:12 with one accord in Solomon’s Porch

In these early days of the church, the main gathering took place in an area of the Temple.

:13 Yet none of the rest dared join them, but the people esteemed them highly.

:13 joinkollao – to glue, to glue together, cement, fasten together

Sounds as if it was dangerous to be a Christian.

Not dangerous yet in terms of persecution, but dangerous to those who wanted to just “fake it”.

:14 And believers were increasingly added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women,

:14 believers were increasingly added

On one hand, there was a general reluctance among the unbelievers to get too close to the Christians (vs.13). And yet there more and more people coming to the Lord (vs.14).

:15 so that they brought the sick out into the streets and laid them on beds and couches, that at least the shadow of Peter passing by might fall on some of them.

:15 the shadow of Peter

A strange thing.  We aren’t told if anyone was actually healed (they may have been) but people wanted to at least have Peter’s shadow fall on them.

With Jesus, people often wanted to touch the hem of His garment.
(Mt 14:36 NKJV) and begged Him that they might only touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched it were made perfectly well.
With Paul, people would be healed from the sweat bands he wore while he was working.
(Ac 19:12 NKJV) so that even handkerchiefs or aprons were brought from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them.

:16 Also a multitude gathered from the surrounding cities to Jerusalem, bringing sick people and those who were tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all healed.

:16 tormentedochleo – to excite a mob against one; to trouble, molest; be in confusion, in an uproar; to be vexed, molested, troubled: by demons

:16 they were all healed

We’ve seen several gifts of the Spirit at work in this paragraph.

Gifts of miracles
Gifts of healings
Discerning of spirits

5:17-21 Prison and freedom

:17 Then the high priest rose up, and all those who were with him (which is the sect of the Sadducees), and they were filled with indignation,

:18 and laid their hands on the apostles and put them in the common prison.

:17 the Sadducees

The priests tended to be from the sect of the Sadducees, who did not believe in angels or the resurrection from the dead.

They didn’t like the message that the apostles had been preaching, especially about the resurrection.  After the last time Peter was arrested, they decided …

(Ac 4:17 NKJV) 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.”

:17 indignationzelos – excitement of mind; the fierceness of indignation, punitive zeal; an envious and contentious rivalry, jealousy

(Ac 5:17 NLT) …were filled with jealousy.

This was another of the hidden motives behind the arrest of the apostles.  They were jealous.

:17 commondemosios – belonging to the people or state, public; publicly, in public places, in full view of all

:19 But at night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out, and said,

:20 “Go, stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this life.”

:20 stand in the temple

This angel not only sets them free from the prison, but gives them specific instructions to go back to the temple and keep preaching.

:20 the words of this life

I wonder if there isn’t a hint of a jab at the Sadducees.  Not only was the message from an “angel”, but he tells them to go back and stick with the message, that Jesus rose from the dead, the message of “life”.

:21 And when they heard that, they entered the temple early in the morning and taught. But the high priest and those with him came and called the council together, with all the elders of the children of Israel, and sent to the prison to have them brought.

While the apostles go back to preach in the temple, the Sanhedrin is called together and sends guards to bring the apostles out of prison to put them on trial.

5:22-32 Sanhedrin Trial

:22 But when the officers came and did not find them in the prison, they returned and reported,

:23 saying, “Indeed we found the prison shut securely, and the guards standing outside before the doors; but when we opened them, we found no one inside!”

:24 Now when the high priest, the captain of the temple, and the chief priests heard these things, they wondered what the outcome would be.

:24 they wondered diaporeo – to be entirely at loss, to be in perplexity

:25 So one came and told them, saying, “Look, the men whom you put in prison are standing in the temple and teaching the people!”

:26 Then the captain went with the officers and brought them without violence, for they feared the people, lest they should be stoned.

The temple police treat the apostles with kid gloves because they don’t want to start a riot.

:27 And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest asked them,

:28 saying, “Did we not strictly command you not to teach in this name? And look, you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this Man’s blood on us!”

:28 Did we not strictly command you

The last time they were on trial for talking about Jesus after Peter and John had healed the lame man…

(Ac 4:18–21 NKJV) —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.” 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.

They had commanded them not to talk in the name of Jesus, but the apostles never agreed to do that.  They told them that they would continue to speak about the things they knew and had experienced.

:28  bring this Man’s blood on us

The apostles had been very clear about the death of Jesus.

To the crowd they had said:

(Ac 3:14–15 NKJV) —14 But you denied the Holy One and the Just, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, 15 and killed the Prince of life, whom God raised from the dead, of which we are witnesses.

To the Sanhedrin they had said:

(Ac 4:10 NKJV) let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole.

Now the Sanhedrin wants them to stop reminding everyone of what had happened and that they had all been responsible for the death of Jesus (both the crowd and the Sanhedrin).

:29 But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: “We ought to obey God rather than men.

:29 We ought to obey God rather than men


Appropriate disobedience

Most of the time, our obligation is to do what our government or those in authority ask of us.
(Ro 13:1–4 NLT) —1 Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. 2 So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished. 3 For the authorities do not strike fear in people who are doing right, but in those who are doing wrong. Would you like to live without fear of the authorities? Do what is right, and they will honor you. 4 The authorities are God’s servants, sent for your good. But if you are doing wrong, of course you should be afraid, for they have the power to punish you. They are God’s servants, sent for the very purpose of punishing those who do what is wrong.
Play Nice Cop video clip

Now not every officer is this nice.  But the truth is, most are there doing their job, and their job is doing good.

Yet there comes a time when a person has to choose between doing what someone asks of him and doing what God asks.
(Ac 5:29 NKJV) But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: “We ought to obey God rather than men.
It’s not just the government we ought to apply this to.
Sometimes it’s our friends, our neighbors, people we work with who put the pressure on us to do the wrong thing.
Play “Peer Pressure” video clip
We don’t always have those kinds of friends to influence us to the good.
Who is it that you “ought to obey”?

:30 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus whom you murdered by hanging on a tree.

:30 God … raised … you murdered

These are the exact things that the Sanhedrin doesn’t want to be reminded of.

The Sadducees in the Sanhedrin don’t want to hear about the resurrection.

The entire council doesn’t want to be reminded that they sent Jesus to Pilate to be crucified.

:31 Him God has exalted to His right hand to be Prince and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.

:32 And we are His witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him.”

:32 we are His witnesses … the Holy Spirit

The apostles are being good witnesses to what God had done concerning Jesus by telling people.

The Holy Spirit is being a witness by allowing miraculous things to take place through the church.

:31 to give repentance

Even though the apostles are quite bold in reminding the Sanhedrin that they had sentenced Jesus to death, they are also quite firm in sharing the truth that God is giving them a chance to turn to Him and be forgiven.


Conviction and forgiveness

There are two parts to our message.
1)  We are sinners
All of us.  Isaiah recorded:

(Is 64:6 NKJV) But we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; We all fade as a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, Have taken us away.

Paul wrote,

(Ro 3:23 NKJV) for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

2)  There is forgiveness
Everyone had the ability to “repent” and turn to God.  Anyone can be forgiven.
I think the apostles are extending this gracious invitation to the Sanhedrin.
Joel wrote,

(Joe 2:32 NKJV) And it shall come to pass That whoever calls on the name of the Lord Shall be saved…

Peter had just preached on the day of Pentecost:

(Ac 2:38 NKJV) Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

5:33-42 Gamaliel’s advice

:33 When they heard this, they were furious and plotted to kill them.

:34 Then one in the council stood up, a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law held in respect by all the people, and commanded them to put the apostles outside for a little while.

:34 a Pharisee named Gamaliel

He was one of the great Jewish religious scholars of all time.

Prior to the death of Gamaliel, when a teacher taught, he taught standing up, and his students stood.
When Gamaliel died, they said, “the glory of the law ceased, and purity and Pharisaism died”, and from that time, students no longer stood while being taught the law.
One of his most famous students was the apostle Paul (Acts 22:3).
Gamaliel was a man who was so respected among his peers that if he wasn’t already at this time, he would eventually become the “president” of the Sanhedrin.
When Gamaliel speaks, people listen.

:35 And he said to them: “Men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what you intend to do regarding these men.

:36 For some time ago Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody. A number of men, about four hundred, joined him. He was slain, and all who obeyed him were scattered and came to nothing.

:36 Theudas

We don’t know much about Theudas.

Gamaliel’s point is that after the fellow was killed, the group eventually dissolved. It seems he expects that these followers of Jesus will eventually just go away.

:37 After this man, Judas of Galilee rose up in the days of the census, and drew away many people after him. He also perished, and all who obeyed him were dispersed.

:37 Judas of Galilee

His revolt (about A.D. 6) is described by the Jewish historian Josephus (“Antiquities of the Jews”, Book XVIII, 1:1); The followers of this Judas became the “Zealots.” Judas too was killed, his followers were scattered.

:38 And now I say to you, keep away from these men and let them alone; for if this plan or this work is of men, it will come to nothing;

:39 but if it is of God, you cannot overthrow it—lest you even be found to fight against God.”

:38 is of men, it will come to nothing

Keep in mind, this is the Jewish Pharisee Gamaliel speaking, not Jesus.

There is a kind of truth in what Gamaliel is saying, but you need to be careful that you don’t extend it into all of your life, or you’d not do anything at all.

Some people have the attitude, “If God wants something to happen, He will make it happen”.
There is truth to that, but sometimes you are the person that God wants to do something.
There’s an often quoted saying, attributed to Edmund Burke (though disputed):

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”

Our world learned that lesson from World War II and the rise of Adolf Hitler.

“Success” is not a test of the truth.

False cults rise up all the time and some prosper, despite having goofy teachings.

God will use Gamaliel’s advice to have the apostles freed, but it’s not a principle we need to own.

:40 And they agreed with him, and when they had called for the apostles and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go.

:40 beaten

Most likely this was a punishment of 39 lashes (Deut. 25:1-3)

(Dt 25:1–3 NKJV) —1 “If there is a dispute between men, and they come to court, that the judges may judge them, and they justify the righteous and condemn the wicked, 2 then it shall be, if the wicked man deserves to be beaten, that the judge will cause him to lie down and be beaten in his presence, according to his guilt, with a certain number of blows. 3 Forty blows he may give him and no more, lest he should exceed this and beat him with many blows above these, and your brother be humiliated in your sight.

:41 So they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name.

:42 And daily in the temple, and in every house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.

:42 in the temple, and in every house

The church didn’t just meet at the temple, but they met in homes as well.

Church ought to be going on in our homes, not just with home fellowships, but with our families.

Paul wrote that one of the qualities for leadership includes:

(1 Ti 3:4–5 NLT) —4 He must manage his own family well, having children who respect and obey him. 5 For if a man cannot manage his own household, how can he take care of God’s church?
Be careful you don’t sacrifice your family by serving the church.
Ministry starts at home.

:42 they did not cease


Don’t quit

The apostles didn’t take their condemnation and beating as a sign that they should quit.
Instead, they went about their ministry even harder.
Jesus had taught them:
(Mt 5:10–12 NKJV) —10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

The apostles are excited because they’re looking forward to their reward.