8th Year 12-13 Edition 3 – Acts 5
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Nov 30_2012 Acts 5
Today we prayerfully read, Acts 5. Ananias and Sapphira, sold some land and it belonged to them. They wanted to look good so they contrived to give less than they sold it for implying, that they were giving all to God. They were lying to God and therefore they died. Many conversions and healing, showed the power which went hand in hand with the preaching of the gospel. The priests were, jealous and afraid, that every one was going to convert, so they had apostles imprisoned. Once again God intervened and they were set free by an angel. The apostles testify to Christ before the council. The advice of Gamaliel, was that if the works they were doing were not of God they would fail anyway. The council, afraid of God and the people let the apostles go. “38 So in the present case I tell you, keep away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or this undertaking is of man, it will fail; 39 but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them. You might even be found opposing God!” So they took his advice, 40 and when they had called in the apostles, they beat them and charged them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. 41 Then they left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name. 42 And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching that the Christ is Jesus.” Acts 5:38-42, English Standard Version (ESV). The decision to omit the truth caused Ananias and Sapphira to lie to God. The truth that the disciples preach brings freedom, life, and love to may people. “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed. Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness,” 2 Peter 3:10-11 ESV. It is best for us to share God’s love through Jesus. That is why we keep the first thing first, that is salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” The reason that Christianity survives is because, it is of God!
God Bless you,
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“[His Steadfast Love Endures Forever] Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever.” Psalm 136:1,26
It is of God! – Acts 5