In a bold and clear way, Peter sends a message that will echo through the generations! “You guys argue among yourselves whether we listen to you or listen to God… ” In other words, I cannot help but share the Gospel. It really is not religion’s call whether our sharing what God has done is right or wrong. It was not the case then and it is not the case now.
We, as God’s chosen, are compelled by His Spirit to share the great news of salvation with any and all who will listen. In a world so broken, it is the great and resounding news of hope and redemption. Even at the beginning, the religious leaders knew they could not stop the spreading of the truth of salvation. Try as they might, their attempts to quiet the Gospel only served as a megaphone to bolster the spread across the globe.
In our current culture, it is the government and educators who have decided to stop the spread of the Gospel. As in the first century, the more energy they exert to stop the Gospel, the louder it becomes. Men will never stop almighty God. Paul said it best in Romans 1:16–“I am not ashamed of the Gospel; it is the power of God unto salvation for anyone who believes.” We do not get to decide the legal implications of sharing the truth. Its impact on our lives makes that inevitable.
God Bless You
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.