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Acts 5

Acts 5

Ananias and Sapphira

5:1 But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property, and with his wife’s knowledge he kept back for himself some of the proceeds and brought only a part of it and laid it at the apostles’ feet. But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back for yourself part of the proceeds of the land? While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not at your disposal? Why is it that you have contrived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to man but to God.” When Ananias heard these words, he fell down and breathed his last. And great fear came upon all who heard of it. The young men rose and wrapped him up and carried him out and buried him.

After an interval of about three hours his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. And Peter said to her, “Tell me whether you1 sold the land for so much.” And she said, “Yes, for so much.” But Peter said to her, “How is it that you have agreed together to test the Spirit of the Lord? Behold, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out.” 10 Immediately she fell down at his feet and breathed her last. When the young men came in they found her dead, and they carried her out and buried her beside her husband. 11 And great fear came upon the whole church and upon all who heard of these things.

Many Signs and Wonders Done

12 Now many signs and wonders were regularly done among the people by the hands of the apostles. And they were all together in Solomon’s Portico. 13 None of the rest dared join them, but the people held them in high esteem. 14 And more than ever believers were added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women, 15 so that they even carried out the sick into the streets and laid them on cots and mats, that as Peter came by at least his shadow might fall on some of them. 16 The people also gathered from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing the sick and those afflicted with unclean spirits, and they were all healed.

The Apostles Arrested and Freed

17 But the high priest rose up, and all who were with him (that is, the party of the Sadducees), and filled with jealousy 18 they arrested the apostles and put them in the public prison. 19 But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out, and said, 20 “Go and stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this Life.” 21 And when they heard this, they entered the temple at daybreak and began to teach.

Now when the high priest came, and those who were with him, they called together the council, all the senate of the people of Israel, and sent to the prison to have them brought. 22 But when the officers came, they did not find them in the prison, so they returned and reported, 23 “We found the prison securely locked and the guards standing at the doors, but when we opened them we found no one inside.” 24 Now when the captain of the temple and the chief priests heard these words, they were greatly perplexed about them, wondering what this would come to. 25 And someone came and told them, “Look! The men whom you put in prison are standing in the temple and teaching the people.” 26 Then the captain with the officers went and brought them, but not by force, for they were afraid of being stoned by the people.

27 And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest questioned them, 28 saying, “We strictly charged you not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and you intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.” 29 But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men. 30 The God of our fathers raised Jesus, whom you killed by hanging him on a tree. 31 God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. 32 And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.”

33 When they heard this, they were enraged and wanted to kill them. 34 But a Pharisee in the council named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law held in honor by all the people, stood up and gave orders to put the men outside for a little while. 35 And he said to them, “Men of Israel, take care what you are about to do with these men. 36 For before these days Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody, and a number of men, about four hundred, joined him. He was killed, and all who followed him were dispersed and came to nothing. 37 After him Judas the Galilean rose up in the days of the census and drew away some of the people after him. He too perished, and all who followed him were scattered. 38 So in the present case I tell you, keep away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or this undertaking is of man, it will fail; 39 but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them. You might even be found opposing God!” So they took his advice, 40 and when they had called in the apostles, they beat them and charged them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. 41 Then they left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name. 42 And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching that the Christ is Jesus.

Footnotes

[1] 5:8 The Greek for you is plural here

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John 21-Acts 4 (2.4.23)

Grab your Bibles, and let’s dig into the first part of John 21.

John 21:1 After this Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias, and he revealed himself in this way.

“After this” is in reference to the weeklong Feast of the Unleavened Bread. It had concluded, and the disciples left Jerusalem to return to Galilee. The Sea of Tiberius is another name for the Sea of Galilee. John also tells us here that Jesus would reveal His resurrected self again to the disciples here. We need be oh-so mindful to never miss the wonder and power of the resurrected Messiah because “… if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins” (1 Corinthians 15:17).

Jonathan Edwards speaks of the importance of the resurrected Christ this way:

For if Christ were not risen, it would be evidence that God was not yet satisfied for [our] sins. Now the resurrection is God declaring his satisfaction; he thereby declared that it was enough; Christ was thereby released from his work; Christ, as he was Mediator, is thereby justified.

If Christ is NOT resurrected, our faith in God’s saving grace is futile, for He didn’t even raise the Son He sent to accomplish victory over death.

Without resurrection of our hearts by His sovereign regeneration, we are dead forever. 

Without Jesus’ resurrection, His atoning work for our sin on our behalf is not satisfied, and we are still in our sin and have no hope for eternal life. The news that Jesus is GOD, the great I Am, and that He is the resurrection is the only way there is eternal life for any of us.

John 11:25a Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.”

Praise God for His good gift of grace–the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. AMEN.

John 21:2 Simon Peter, Thomas (called the Twin), Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples were together.

Let’s take a moment and review who each of these guys are, since John takes the time to list them by name. As I review each of them, I want to remind you what history tells us about their death.

1. Name: SIMON PETER (son of John)

When the soldiers came to lead Peter to death, he said, “I want to be crucified head downward. I am not worthy to die in the same way as my Lord.” That wish was granted.

2. Name: THOMAS (the twin)

Called Didymus, he preached the gospel in Parthia and India. It was there that the rage of the pagan priests came against him. He was martyred by being thrust through with a spear.

3. Name: BARTHOLOMEW (Nathanael), from Cana (not mentioned in John by name since chapter 1:45-51)

          He preached in several countries and translated the Gospel of Matthew into the language of India. He was cruelly beaten and then crucified by idolaters there.

4. Name: JAMES (son of Zebedee), he and his brother John were called the “Sons of Thunder”

The Scriptures inform us that James was the first of the disciples to die a martyr’s death, and indeed the only one whose manner of death is exactly known. Acts 12:2 informs us that James was martyred for the faith by way of a sword.

5. Name: JOHN (son of Zebedee), James’s brother and “the disciple whom Jesus loved”

The only disciple that did not die a martyr’s death.

6-7. And two others:

Those not mentioned that could have been the other two disciples are:

-SIMON THE ZEALOT

-THADDAEUS (a.k.a. Judas, the son of James)

-JAMES (son of Alphaeus)

-MATTHEW (a.k.a. Levi)

-ANDREW (Peter’s brother)

-PHILIP

(*Matthias has not yet been chosen to replace Judas Iscariot)

So, the disciples are in a unique time, in that Jesus has died and risen again but has not yet commissioned them, ascended, or sent the Holy Spirit to begin His special work in and through them to start the church. What is coming for them is amazing: the work they will do, the people who will be saved, all the way to their faith in Jesus leading to death for all but John.

So, what do a bunch of fishermen do with a little down time? They go fishing.

John 21:3 Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.

Verse two tells us that a smaller group of the disciples “were together.” 

Not all of the disciples but some of the 11 got together to spend time together in this in-between time.

Do we have to always all do everything together? No. This is an important clarity in the life of the body of Christ. It is simply impractical to do everything all together. It is also hard to really know each other and really do life together in big groups.

That means there will be natural gatherings of smaller groups in different ways. 

1. Realize it is just practical that there will be varying degrees of “life together,” and that’s ok.

2. Don’t wait, initiate. I have heard many people say over the years, “I, too, would like to be invited to gatherings.” To this, I say, “Don’t wait, initiate. Invite them to coffee or a dinner get together.”

3. Instead of making it about you and what you are not getting, rejoice in others getting together.

Our time together and unity as the body of Christ are some of the major witnesses we have for the watching world. People long for authentic community, and because the world is so selfish and will use people and then toss them aside when they are done with them, the body of Christ stands out as unique; in that we love each other, not based on our performance, but on Christ’s performance. 

Remember Jesus’ words:

John 13:34-35 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

And also His prayer for us to the Father:

John 17:20-23 “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.”

Let us see here in our text the seven brothers in Christ coming together to spend time together as a wonderful thing.

Look with me at what happens next. It says in verse three they didn’t catch anything all night.

While I am sure they are baffled and bummed, the truth i, a bad night of fishing is not bad if you are with great friends in the Lord!

John 21:4-6 Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, “Children, do you have any fish?” They answered him, “No.” He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, because of the quantity of fish.

They couldn’t tell it was Jesus from afar. Jesus calls out to them and calls them children. This is not a swipe at them but more of an affectionate slang. like the English terms “sirs” or “lads,” or the Irish term “boys,” or the American term “guys.”

The fact that Jesus asks them what they caught is not to embarrass them but to make central their insufficiency alone. So in making them answer that they didn’t catch any fish, they testify that they have nothing to show of their own efforts for their night of labor. This is a great reminder that the efforts of our flesh are always lacking, and even when they do produce, it is a temporary provision that is still utterly lacking. 

We need to see how tempting it is to get caught up doing life by our power and provision. We need to see how quickly we can set aside our spiritual highs and then just get back to living life. But God is omnipresent and at work in every detail, far beyond our ability to even comprehend, so why would we do anything without Him?

After Jesus gives them simple instructions as to where to throw their nets, they go from catching nothing to catching so much they can’t pull the net onto the boat, because it is so full of fish.


WOW! What an amazing testimony of the power of God to not only create the fish in the sea and all the creation we know but to sustain and control it, too.

This is Jesus’ way of showing the disciples that success in their coming ministry is going to be due not to their eloquence, their power of persuasion, or their anything, but due alone to His sovereign, drawing power. Do we know this, too? It is a truth we must never lose sight of.

The fact that Jesus is the One who by His power provides all that we have and do is a reality that we must see far more centrally than we do. 

One of the interesting points of the Gospel narratives is that these professional fishermen never catch a single fish in any of the Gospel accounts without Jesus’ help.

What do you do without Jesus’ help? Here is the thing: We don’t exist without the Lord. He is sustaining us and working in all things. Despite His hatred for sin and His love for God-honoring righteousness, He is at work in all things.

Do you see the hand of the Lord in all things? Do you see Him using hurts and struggles for refining and gospel testimony? Do you see Him bringing conviction for sin and reason for praise in His provisions?

Now, let’s observe the power of God in this great provision of His. Think about the power of God on display for the disciples again as their net all the sudden is so full they can’t lift it into the boat. Jesus has performed many miracles and signs before them throughout John’s narrative:

  1. Changing water into wine at Cana in John 2:1-11. 
  2. Healing the royal official’s son in Capernaum in John 4:46-54.
  3. Healing the paralytic at Bethesda in John 5:1-15.
  4. Feeding the 5000 in John 6:5-14.
  5. Jesus walking on water in John 6:16-24.
  6. Healing the man blind from birth in John 9:1-7.
  7. The raising of Lazarus in John 11:1-45.

So many evidences of the power of God are shown by Jesus in the presence of the disciples. The provision of this massive haul of fish is yet another reminder to these guys of who Jesus is and why they will follow Him faithfully. It is His power and provision that draws the attention of John. For until this moment, they could not see or recognize Him. Look what happens next:

John 21:7 That disciple whom Jesus loved therefore said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment, for he was stripped for work, and threw himself into the sea.

John shows spiritual discernment to recognize it is not just a discerning fisherman or a passerby, but it is the Lord, and so he quickly points Jesus out to Peter. Peter is a man of action, so he jumps into the water after throwing on his outer garment. I love how quick Peter is to long to be near or with his Master.  

Does your faith in Jesus cause you to long for Him this same way? While He is not physically present in your day to run to Him and talk and walk with, is it your joy to run to Him in prayer when you see Him at work in the little things of your day?

The same faith and joy to be near Him can be a true reality for any of us as we navigate our days. I often catch myself being so busy with my stuff that I miss the beautiful opportunity to really walk with Him. It is like, “Oh, Lord. I am so sorry; you are here with me and I have been ignoring you,” or “I have not been enjoying your holy presence and want to talk with you and worship you and testify of you in these coming moments and parts of my day.” 

As much as it is a joy to be together, it is also a joy to jump out of the boat and be with our Master. Consider how goofy Peter looks here–fully clothed, wading to the shore. Think of how goofy we must look to a watching world to see us so excited to be with our Lord–to pray and to read His word, to just be with Him as we drive, eat, watch football or anything else.

Now, let’s look at the last part of today’s passage. It is a special part of John’s narrative in my opinion:

John 21:8-14 The other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, but about a hundred yards off. When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire in place, with fish laid out on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.” So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, 153 of them. And although there were so many, the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and so with the fish. This was now the third time that Jesus was revealed to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.

I absolutely love the insight this scene gives us first into our Lord and second into what life with Christ while still on earth can be like. First, notice how this scene tells us of the Lord’s care for His servants and the concrete pledge that He will supply all their needs.

They come in from a long night of fishing, by which they have no fresh catch to speak of or to eat themselves. But the Lord provides. I mean how amazing must it have been to see their Master tending to the hot coals and the smell of fresh fish on the fire for them to enjoy. This is the good Shepherd. This is our God who provides for our every need. This is a God who loves His sheep. I can’t help but think of Psalm 23: 

Psalm 23:1-3 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul.

Sure, some BBQ fresh fish is so good, but see the rest and satisfaction in Jesus is the true prize to be had here. While good BBQ is so good, we need to be sure not to miss the GREATER provision here. We only truly have rest and satisfaction in this life when it is Jesus who is nourishing and restoring us!

Notice that the rest David speaks of under the care of his Shepherd comes as he lays on “green pastures”! In Psalm 23, the picture is that after the noon-time grazing. The Shepherd leads His flock to another grassy oasis with a spring of fresh, clean water amidst a dry and thirsty land. Here the sheep lie down in restful security. It is restful because they don’t have to worry about where their next meal is coming from: They are laying on it!  

Now, consider the fact that next week we will hear Jesus commission His disciples to feed His sheep, but first He reminds them who is the One who feeds them.

Church. the nourishment and feeding that Jesus gives is always more than food. While Jesus blesses us with the food and care we need to live the days He has determined for us, He provides so much more. For example, He provides His living word:

Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone but shall live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4 NIV).

We should never forget that while food helps nourish us for physical life, the word of God gives spiritual nourishment and life that never ends. This is what David sees when he says, “He restores my soul” (Psalm 23:3a).

Just a few chapters back to Psalm 19:7-10 David says, “The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.”

So, first may we see that the good Shepherd is always with us and will give us all we need on our earthly pilgrimage. 

Matthew 6:26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”

The second thing we see here is the Lord is modeling once again for the disciples why “life together” is so important. Think about it: Jesus is just resurrected and is only still on earth a short time before His ascension, but in His sovereign wisdom, He slows down to model for the disciples the value of life together over a simple BBQ.

Life together is both corporate worship and different forms of Christian fellowship, discipleship, and service. These are the beautiful pictures we see in the early church that is an essential part of the DNA of the body of Christ. Listen and really consider what we see in Acts as this reality unfolds in our brothers and sisters in Christ:

Acts 2:42-44 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common.

This is a picture of the corporate worship and regular gathering of the saints. They are devoted to their pastor’s teachings. They are good and devoted students. Not right in their own eyes but trusting the ones who are qualified by God to teach His word to His sheep and help them grow. They regularly practice the Lord’s Supper and pray.

It says, “… awe came upon every soul.” That’s worship for God. It is the awe of the work of God in their lives–the testimony of lives that are maturing and being sanctified and changing in ways they never had before.

“And all who believed were together and had all things in common.” The believers were together–spending time together and valuing unity and togetherness. Even though the body was very diverse as it is today, they had an amazing common unity in Christ among them that transcended their differences. Do you see it?

Acts 2:45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.

They served others. They gave their lives away of the sake of the gospel. They learned to live on less so they could give away more and make their number one goal the mission of God and the witness of the gospel as they served those in need.


Jesus is providing for the disciples in our passage today as He is getting them ready to go and do likewise–to serve others and tend to their needs. How are you serving others? How are you opening up your life to serve others? Do you count it a burden to give up your time to serve? Or is it a joy to give up your evening or your weekend or your home to serve others?

And finally, we see the simple daily time the body shares and grows and edifies each other in everyday ways:

Acts 2:46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts

It is so simple: They met at church, in their homes, and along the way. This is the BBQ moment–the breaking bread together. The coffee shop visit. The weekend excursion. It is families getting together. It is one-on-one time. It is knowing and walking with our God-given family.

Listen again to John’s testimony of this holy BBQ:

John 21:9-10 When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire in place, with fish laid out on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.”

John 21:12 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” …

John 21:13 Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and so with the fish.

Oh, how sweet it is to be the Lord’s and to be with the Lord and with each other who are in the Lord.

Amen.

I pray you see this as no different today. When we gather–one on one, in small-group settings, for group activities, or for family excursions–it is a sweet aroma of the fellowship of the body of Christ. We are a redeemed people of different make ups, backgrounds, ages, looks, intelligence, skills, and interests. But we love each other in Christ, and we love being together. We are to worship God, to study His word, to encourage and admonish each other, to be discipled, and to tell the watching world, “Look at Jesus. See what He has done and is doing.”  

Jesus didn’t have a big lesson to teach them here, but the lesson was the BBQ. It was the life together. It was the sweet rejoicing in who they were in Christ. 

Church, God has redeemed us out of our individualism and our retreat from each other to do life together. May we grow in our simple exchanges and see Christ in the daily ebb and flow of life and BBQ’s. AMEN.

The next verse in the Acts 2 passage concludes with this:

Acts 2:47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.

May it be so as we steward all these things well unto the Lord unto the glory of God through lives that are being transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ.

John 13:34-35 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

By His grace and for His glory,

Pastor Joshua Kirstine

Disciples Church

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Acts 4

Acts 4

Peter and John Before the Council

4:1 And as they were speaking to the people, the priests and the captain of the temple and the Sadducees came upon them, greatly annoyed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. And they arrested them and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening. But many of those who had heard the word believed, and the number of the men came to about five thousand.

On the next day their rulers and elders and scribes gathered together in Jerusalem, with Annas the high priest and Caiaphas and John and Alexander, and all who were of the high-priestly family. And when they had set them in the midst, they inquired, “By what power or by what name did you do this?” Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders, if we are being examined today concerning a good deed done to a crippled man, by what means this man has been healed, 10 let it be known to all of you 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 is standing before you well. 11 This Jesus1 is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone.2 12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men3 by which we must be saved.”

13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus. 14 But seeing the man who was healed standing beside them, they had nothing to say in opposition. 15 But when they had commanded them to leave the council, they conferred with one another, 16 saying, “What shall we do with these men? For that a notable sign has been performed through them is evident to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it. 17 But in order that it may spread no further among the people, let us warn them to speak no more to anyone in this name.” 18 So they called them and charged them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John answered them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge, 20 for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.” 21 And when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding no way to punish them, because of the people, for all were praising God for what had happened. 22 For the man on whom this sign of healing was performed was more than forty years old.

The Believers Pray for Boldness

23 When they were released, they went to their friends and reported what the chief priests and the elders had said to them. 24 And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God and said, “Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them, 25 who through the mouth of our father David, your servant,4 said by the Holy Spirit,


  “‘Why did the Gentiles rage,
    and the peoples plot in vain?
26   The kings of the earth set themselves,
    and the rulers were gathered together,
    against the Lord and against his Anointed’5

27 for truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, 28 to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place. 29 And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, 30 while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” 31 And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.

They Had Everything in Common

32 Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. 33 And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. 34 There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold 35 and laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. 36 Thus Joseph, who was also called by the apostles Barnabas (which means son of encouragement), a Levite, a native of Cyprus, 37 sold a field that belonged to him and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet.

Footnotes

[1] 4:11 Greek This one

[2] 4:11 Greek the head of the corner

[3] 4:12 The Greek word anthropoi refers here to both men and women

[4] 4:25 Or child; also verses 27, 30

[5] 4:26 Or Christ

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Acts 3

Acts 3

The Lame Beggar Healed

3:1 Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour.1 And a man lame from birth was being carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple that is called the Beautiful Gate to ask alms of those entering the temple. Seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked to receive alms. And Peter directed his gaze at him, as did John, and said, “Look at us.” And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them. But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!” And he took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. And leaping up, he stood and began to walk, and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God, 10 and recognized him as the one who sat at the Beautiful Gate of the temple, asking for alms. And they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.

Peter Speaks in Solomon’s Portico

11 While he clung to Peter and John, all the people, utterly astounded, ran together to them in the portico called Solomon’s. 12 And when Peter saw it he addressed the people: “Men of Israel, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we have made him walk? 13 The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified his servant2 Jesus, whom you delivered over and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release him. 14 But you denied the Holy and Righteous One, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, 15 and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses. 16 And his name—by faith in his name—has made this man strong whom you see and know, and the faith that is through Jesus3 has given the man this perfect health in the presence of you all.

17 “And now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. 18 But what God foretold by the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ would suffer, he thus fulfilled. 19 Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, 20 that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, 21 whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago. 22 Moses said, ‘The Lord God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brothers. You shall listen to him in whatever he tells you. 23 And it shall be that every soul who does not listen to that prophet shall be destroyed from the people.’ 24 And all the prophets who have spoken, from Samuel and those who came after him, also proclaimed these days. 25 You are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant that God made with your fathers, saying to Abraham, ‘And in your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed.’ 26 God, having raised up his servant, sent him to you first, to bless you by turning every one of you from your wickedness.”

Footnotes

[1] 3:1 That is, 3 p.m.

[2] 3:13 Or child; also verse 26

[3] 3:16 Greek him

(ESV)

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Acts 2

Acts 2

The Coming of the Holy Spirit

2:1 When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested1 on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language. And they were amazed and astonished, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, 11 both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians—we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.” 12 And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13 But others mocking said, “They are filled with new wine.”

Peter’s Sermon at Pentecost

14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them: “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words. 15 For these people are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day.2 16 But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel:


17   “‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares,
  that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh,
  and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
    and your young men shall see visions,
    and your old men shall dream dreams;
18   even on my male servants and female servants
    in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.
19   And I will show wonders in the heavens above
    and signs on the earth below,
    blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke;
20   the sun shall be turned to darkness
    and the moon to blood,
    before the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent day.
21   And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.’

22 “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know—23 this Jesus,3 delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. 24 God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it. 25 For David says concerning him,


  “‘I saw the Lord always before me,
    for he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken;
26   therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced;
    my flesh also will dwell in hope.
27   For you will not abandon my soul to Hades,
    or let your Holy One see corruption.
28   You have made known to me the paths of life;
    you will make me full of gladness with your presence.’

29 “Brothers, I may say to you with confidence about the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30 Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne, 31 he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption. 32 This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses. 33 Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing. 34 For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says,


  “‘The Lord said to my Lord,
  “Sit at my right hand,
35     until I make your enemies your footstool.”’

36 Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”

37 Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” 38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” 40 And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.” 41 So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.

The Fellowship of the Believers

42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe4 came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.

Footnotes

[1] 2:3 Or And tongues as of fire appeared to them, distributed among them, and rested

[2] 2:15 That is, 9 a.m.

[3] 2:23 Greek this one

[4] 2:43 Or fear

(ESV)