Text: Acts 4:1-37.
In this chapter we see the beginnings of opposition to the Church of Jesus (vv.1-4, 12). Opposition to God and His people has always existed (ever since Satan attacked Adam, Cain killed Abel, Egypt enslaved Israel, etc.) but here opposition rises against the newly born Church. Jesus promised it (John15:20). Interestingly, the opposition was coming from Israel, the people of God, especially the leaders. Why? Shouldn’t they have been supporting the fulfillment of their religion? Yes, but there are two main reasons for their opposition: 1- the change meant that their “jobs” and their status were coming to an end; 2- the former religion of Judaism was no longer the truth.
Judaism was symbolic, and Jesus Christ is the reality.
In this world there is much opposition to the truth of the message of Christ, especially from other religions, because “…there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (4:12 – NKJV). All other religions are lies. Only biblical Christianity has the truth about how we can be saved from God’s wrath against our sin, it’s by the Person and work of Jesus Christ alone.
Meditate on verse 4. How are you going to apply it to your life?
My heavenly Father, I pray that many will receive and believe in Jesus Christ and receive eternal life. Amen.