Acts 5:2 Different Than We Are

Acts 5:2 (KJV)
And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles’ feet.

Just one chapter previous, the ending of chapter four, we find Barnabas cited as an example of those who had land, and other possessions, who sold them and gave the money to be used for the care of others in the church. This action was commendable. It’s not communistic or even communal. It’s the prompting of the Holy Ghost of God to be a blessing and a help to the people of God and to the church of God. It was done willingly, freely and open heartedly. But just like anything else that is commendable, good and right, it can be misinterpreted. Those of lesser motivations may imitate the practice for personal gain.

We should be careful not to see this as an isolated spirit having to do only with the selling of possessions and the gifts given to the church. This spirit may present itself in any number of ways:

  • In service at the church
  • In acts of feigned worship
  • In attempts at leadership in the congregation

The spirit was one of self-elevation. Ananias and Sapphira wanted to be seen as of high Christian character. The trouble was, they were not of the same character they wished to be thought of. 

Whenever we are tempted to impress men we are in danger of this sin. God sees us for who we are. We are on solid ground with Him when we willingly confess who we are, even if it is not who we wish we were. It is then that God can make us different than we are.

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Acts 4:14 Give Way To Responsibility

Acts 4:14 (KJV)
And beholding the man which was healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it.

This was the next day after he had been healed and after Peter and John had been “put in hold” or jailed overnight. It’s the next day but the man who has been healed was there, standing with them. 

  • A day before he had been a cripple, begging for a living
  • A day before he was healed, walking and leaping and praising God

On this day, just the next day, he was standing with the Apostles who had been arrested for what they had done for him. 

There are two possibilities for how he came to be there:

  • He may have been put in hold with them
  • He may have come the next morning to defend them

Either one has lessons. 

If he had been jailed, note that this world cares little for the good work Jesus does in us. My life was so radically, fundamentally changed when I trusted Jesus that it is difficult to see I am the same person. The world cares little for that. I care and the Lord cares. 

If he returned the next morning, note that the Believer’s rejoicing must often give way to responsibility. One day previous he was walking and leaping and praising God. This day he was standing in court with Peter and John. He could not have stood if it had not been for Jesus. 

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Acts 3:13 Powerful Preaching

Acts 3:13 (KJV)
The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go.

What a great event, the healing of the crippled at the gate called Beautiful. The miracle was:

  • Immediate 
  • Obvious and 
  • Life changing

And the response was an appropriate one, people were amazed and wondered, an opportunity to preach was presented and Peter grabbed hold of it. 

What is amazing to me, and worth noting, is that his message was a confrontational one. He immediately pointed out that the miracle was not due to any virtue of the apostles but through Jesus Christ, the one they had delivered to Pilate and denied freedom when Pilate was determined to let Him go. 

Powerful preaching is often negative, confrontational, personal and accusatory. It’s never about what people have done to the preacher but what they have done to Christ

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Acts 2:39 A Promise for All

Acts 2:39 (KJV)
For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

Peter had said that every one of them ought to repent and be baptized. He said that those who did would receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Then he said that was because the promise is:

  • Unto you
  • To your children 
  • To all that are afar off
  • As many as the Lord our God shall call. 

Everyone ought to call upon the name of the Lord and be saved because the promise of salvation is for everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord to be saved. 

I am not concerned about the phrase “as many as the Lord our God shall call” because He calls upon all to be saved. The gift of salvation is available to all and, when one has called upon the Lord, he realizes the Lord has been calling for him for a long time. 

  • It’s not Calvinism’s extremity where some are called, and some are not. 
  • It’s the Bible’s reality where all are called by the Holy Ghost and those who called upon the name of the Lord know it. 

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Acts 1:14 Prayer and Supplication

Acts 1:14 (KJV)
These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.

By “These all,” the Scripture means the Apostles. They continued: 

  • stayed with 
  • supported and
  • fellowshipped with

I do not know that it means they abode in the same house as that appears to be difficult to have done in the upper room. It does mean that they kept up what they began in the upper room. It also means that kept in unity. These people of such diverse backgrounds, men, women and even the blood kin of Christ chose to continue together. 

In prayer
This word means, worship. It can even refer to a place of worship. They stayed together in worship of God. They made the place where they were a place of worship. 

In supplication 
This word means asking, begging, but also seeking. I imagine that the thing they asked for was the promise Christ made to them in verse eight and the promise of the angels in verse eleven. 

Our best praying will be that which we do in response to the Word of God. 

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John 20:17 Abba, Father

John 20:17 (KJV)
Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.

The Christian has cause to be the humblest of all men. Jesus placed us on His own level when He said, “my Father and your Father; and to my God and your God.”

I think the Jews would have interpreted that as that both He and they were Jews. God, they would have said, was both Jesus’ and their Father and God because He is the God and Father of Israel. The average believer in God might say something similar today. He is everyone’s Father and God because He loves everyone and, well, they would not want to admit that anyone is excluded from God. 

It is significant that this passage is after Jesus’ resurrection. While the Jew would be correct in the fleshly sense and the average person would be right in the most general sense, there is something more powerful here. The death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, His gospel, has purchased for Mary, and for all who are born again, a unique relationship with God. We are joint-heirs with Christ. We are free through the Holy Spirit to call God, Abba, Father. 

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John 19:10 Yield To Christ

John 19:10 (KJV)
Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee?

Behold the arrogance of man. Pilate claimed, and I imagine really believed, he had power over Jesus’ life or death. In reality, he was driven wholly by fear:

  • He was afraid that Jesus might be the King of the Jews, the Son of God
  • He was afraid of the dreams of his wife that Jesus was a just man
  • He was afraid that Rome would hear he made the wrong decision 
  • He was afraid the Jews would cause a riot over Jesus

In the end, he washed his hands of the whole affair and gave the mob what they wanted. 

He was powerless. 

Men live in a world of self-delusion. Only Christ can break through and reveal us for what we are. 

May we yield to Christ.

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2 Kings 23:26 A Reasonable Warning

2 Kings 23:26 (KJV)
Notwithstanding the LORD turned not from the fierceness of his great wrath, wherewith his anger was kindled against Judah, because of all the provocations that Manasseh had provoked him withal.

2 Kings 24:3-4 (KJV)
Surely at the commandment of the LORD came this upon Judah, to remove them out of his sight, for the sins of Manasseh, according to all that he did;
And also for the innocent blood that he shed: for he filled Jerusalem with innocent blood; which the LORD would not pardon.

I understand that we live in a different time than the Kings. The Cross of Christ changed everything concerning the relationship of man with God. Still, there is a warning here that ought to be considered. Josiah was the godliest king Israel had since David. Josiah even tore down the abominations Solomon had built. But, for the sins of Manasseh, God would not pardon. The cup of iniquity was full. The judgment of the nation was determined. No amount of repentance would change it. 

I understand that God’s mercies are new every morning. I know it is true that any individual can turn to God and receive grace. But mercy and grace can come upon the soul while chastening still comes to the flesh. 

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2 Kings 21:23-24 Leadership

2 Kings 21:23-24 (KJV)
And the servants of Amon conspired against him, and slew the king in his own house.
And the people of the land slew all them that had conspired against king Amon; and the people of the land made Josiah his son king in his stead.

Amon only reigned two years before his assassination. In such a short period of time, the Bible’s only clue as to what is reign was like is that he did as his evil father had done and that he forsook the Lord God of his fathers. 

I wonder if those servants who conspired to kill him would have done the same to his father if they had had the chance? 

Here’s the thing, 

  • as wicked a king as he was, 
  • as much as God did not approve of his policies and 
  • as much as the people may have wished for a better man on the throne

the people caught and executed the conspirators. 

It is never right, and it will never turn out well for those who stand against God ordained leadership. Even if you don’t like the leader. 

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John 16:2 Come Out of the Synagogues

John 16:2 (KJV)
They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.

These days many so-called Christians practice a form of Judaism. When I confront them about it, they try to point out that all the New Testament Christians maintained synagogue worship. They cite Paul’s custom of going first to the synagogues of a city as proof he continued to worship there. 

I would point out that Jesus told His disciples, these very people the modern Judaizers claim to follow, that they would be put out of the synagogues and that they should not be offended by it. 

Paul did, in fact, go to the synagogues. But he did not go there to participate in Jewish worship, he went there to correct and warn them. It never ended well. In every town, he established a local church. He did not encourage converts to unite with the local synagogues. They would not have been welcome. He encouraged converts, both Jews and Gentiles, to unite together in this one new body, a local church. 

This, I am confident, is still the counsel of the Scriptures. 

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