Sunday, November 6, 2011

"Salvation is Found in No Other Else." Acts 4. By Mrs. Noyo Edem

by Noyo Anthonia Kubeyinje Edem on Monday, October 24, 2011 at 8:31am
Acts 4
Peter and John Before the Sanhedrin
 1 The priests and the captain of the temple guard and the Sadducees came up to Peter and John while they were speaking to the people. 2 They were greatly disturbed because the apostles were teaching the people, proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead. 3 They seized Peter and John and, because it was evening, they put them in jail until the next day. 4 But many who heard the message believed; so the number of men who believed grew to about five thousand.
 5 The next day the rulers, the elders and the teachers of the law met in Jerusalem. 6 Annas the high priest was there, and so were Caiaphas, John, Alexander and others of the high priest’s family. 7 They had Peter and John brought before them and began to question them: “By what power or what name did you do this?”
 8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people! 9 If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a man who was lame and are being asked how he was healed, 10 then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. 11 Jesus is

   “‘the stone you builders rejected,
   which has become the cornerstone.’[a]
 12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”
 13 When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. 14 But since they could see the man who had been healed standing there with them, there was nothing they could say. 15 So they ordered them to withdraw from the Sanhedrin and then conferred together. 16 “What are we going to do with these men?” they asked. “Everyone living in Jerusalem knows they have performed a notable sign, and we cannot deny it. 17 But to stop this thing from spreading any further among the people, we must warn them to speak no longer to anyone in this name.”
 18 Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John replied, “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges! 20 As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”
 21 After further threats they let them go. They could not decide how to punish them, because all the people were praising God for what had happened. 22 For the man who was miraculously healed was over forty years old.
The Believers Pray
 23 On their release, Peter and John went back to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them. 24 When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God. “Sovereign Lord,” they said, “you made the heavens and the earth and the sea, and everything in them. 25 You spoke by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of your servant, our father David:

   “‘Why do the nations rage
   and the peoples plot in vain?
26 The kings of the earth rise up
   and the rulers band together
against the Lord
   and against his anointed one.[b]’[c]
 27 Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel in this city to conspire against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed. 28 They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen. 29 Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. 30 Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”
 31 After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.
The Believers Share Their Possessions
 32 All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. 33 With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all 34 that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales 35 and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need.

 36 Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”), 37 sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles’ feet.

Noyo Edem's Notes:

We should go out this morning to boldly profess our faith in Jesus Christ to the world, because this is the will of God that we tell the world about His Kingdom. There are souls that must be saved for the Kingdom of God; there are people who have not heard this gospel; there are also  people who have heard about the gospel of Jesus Christ, but do not understand what they have heard and they need believers to help them to understand the gospel.

Therefore, we must obey God and like Peter and the other apostles we must go out to preach this gospel to the rest of the world. We know so much about the Kingdom of God, but knowledge that is not applied to accomplish God's will on earth and in heaven above is useless. We know that God has commanded each one of us to preach this gospel. What are we doing with the knowledge we have about God's Kingdom? Are we obeying the word of God and actually doing His will?

We know that God does not want us to live sinful lives. Are we doing our best to live above sins, and do we sincerely repent of our sins and ask God to help us to live righteously?

Peter and the apostles were firm in their faith and they did not swerve from the right path even when they were persecuted. Who is persecuting us today? Are we ready to stand firm in our faith for our Lord and continue to do His will? We must realize the power within the believer and utilize it to prosper the Kingdom of God.  May God help us in Jesus' name. Amen.

For Those Who are Unsaved: We pray that God will touch your hearts and open your eyes to see the truth about His Kingdom. We pray that the Holy Spirit will open your ears to hear and that you will humble yourselves before God and accept His plan for the salvation of men in Jesus' name. Amen.

For Those who are saved: We pray that you will continue to profess your faith in Jesus Christ, and you will rely on the Holy Spirit to direct your lives in Jesus' name. Amen.

Be blessed.

Mrs. Noyo Edem

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