LORD’S DAY, SEPTEMBER 6
“And ye are witnesses
of these things.”
WHY WE OBEY GOD
Peter followed with reasons why they boldly said, “We ought to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29). He clarified his answer that the Sanhedrin may be convinced also to obey God rather than their own teachings. The gospel was presented to them. If they had humbly taken heed, they too could be saved.
God raised Jesus up: Jesus was crucified on the cross of Calvary. He shed His precious blood for the remission of our sins. He suffered and died for the salvation of mankind. He was buried but the “God of our fathers raised up Jesus” (Acts 5:30). Peter made mention that this God is the Jehovah God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
God exalted Jesus: Jesus was slain by the hands of men, but was lifted up on high by the power of God in the highest degree of honour, that He may govern the people of God, and not that only, but that He may show Himself to be a saving captain, or the author of salvation. “…Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood” (Rev 1:5). He came and preached repentance that they might be forgiven of their sins through faith in Him. “From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matt 4:17). Genuine repentance is accompanied by faith in the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Such repentance and faith lead to the forgiveness of sins.
God gives the Spirit: The Apostles identified themselves as witnesses of Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit whom God gives to them who obey Him. In conclusion, Peter clarified that obedience to God grants a regenerated life quickened by the power of the Holy Spirit. He has a new heart and mind to repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Are you willing to witness to kings and governors of your land? Do you pray for such an opportunity?
THOUGHT: Am I a faithful witness of Christ?
PRAYER: Father, grant me open doors for evangelism.