They had Peter and John brought before them and began to question them: “By what power or what name did you do this?” Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people! 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, 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. Jesus is “‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.’ Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” 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. But since they could see the man who had been healed standing there with them, there was nothing they could say. So they ordered them to withdraw from the Sanhedrin and then conferred together. “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. 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.” Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John replied, “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges! As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.” 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. For the man who was miraculously healed was over forty years old. (Acts 4:7-22)
Peter and John walked in the power of the Lord Jesus Christ, and when they were questioned about their authority, they proclaimed the name of Jesus. There is power in His name.
According to Acts 4:19-20, we cannot talk about the things we have seen and heard.
Christianity contains the power to change lives.
When the people saw the miracles, there was no argument (verse 14).
There are three evidences of the Power of God:
- The true message of liberty in Christ.
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. (John 8:36)
Do you believe in miracles? The world is impressed when they see authentic change in a person they know. The healing of one person can result in 5,000 people giving their lives to Jesus.
- The man behind the miracle.
Paul and Peter were regarded as uneducated, but their acts proved that they had great wisdom in Christ. Power comes when you have competence and knowledge, and God uses even the uneducated to show His power.