Feb 4, 2013
In the fourth chapter of Acts, we still see the power of the Holy Spirit at work. In verse 8 we see “Peter filled with the Holy Spirit said,” and in the “Believer’s prayer” (verses 23-31) we see Peter and John praying for power/strength from the Holy Spirit. They continuously remind the people that it is Holy Spirit power that healed the leper, that gives them boldness, that brought more believers into the fold.
Verse 12 is very clear about salvation. There is NO other way to salvation, except through Christ.
“ Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”
In this chapter, Christians are bound to follow God. We know we are to obey laws and leaders, until they ask us to do something against what is Godly. This is true in our civic law, in our churches, and in our families. We are to obey civic laws, unless they go against the teaching of God. We are to follow our church leaders, unless they are going against the teaching of God, wives should submit to their husbands, except those things against the teaching of God. The only way to know the teaching of God is to read, study, and live the Word of God.
The common thread that seems so prevalent in the early church is also seen in this chapter (verses 32-35)
“All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and much grace was upon them all. There were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone as he had need.”
They were of one heart and mind, looking out for one another, ministering to one another as they had need, sharing as one. The power of the Holy Spirit is what gave them boldness to speak, brought more believers, and gave them the heart to love one another, and face adversity no matter the consequence.