Persecution and Testimony

Daily Reading: 2 Chronicles 4, 5; Acts 4:1-22

“And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12, NASB95)

Peter and John were arrested after a lame man is healed in the name of Jesus Christ (Acts 3:6-7). How does a miraculous event lead to persecution?

  • The healing of the man caused people to be amazed (Acts 3:11).
  • Peter gives a sermon about how the man was healed: faith in the resurrected Lord’s name. Peter further explains what it means for them (Acts 3:19-26):
    • Turning to Jesus
    • Repenting of their evil ways
    • Being blessed
  • News of the event spreads fast. This miracle and Peter’s explanation results in about five thousand men coming to believe, implying that there were also additonal women and children (Acts 4:4).
  • The chief priests and the Sadducees were particularly unhappy with Peter’s preaching because they were instrumental in putting Jesus to death. They put Peter and John in prison and question them the next day. They now have an opportunity to give a defence before the Sanhedrin, which they use to declare Jesus (Acts 4:1-3; cf. Lk. 21:13).
  • When asked about the event (Acts 4:7), Peter gives one of the most explicit statements in Scriptures about the absolute necessity of Jesus for salvation (Acts 4:10-12; cf. Jn. 14:6).
    • The lame man was healed in the name of Jesus.
    • There is salvation in no one else.
    • There is no other name by which we must saved.

Believing in Jesus brings salvation. This salvation manifested in miraculously changed lives. Persecution results because some people don’t want to hear the message of Jesus Christ. Fear might seem like a deterrent from giving testimony, but how can God’s people keep it to themselves? There is no other way for people to be saved. As Paul says, “I’m not ashamed of the gospel for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes” (Rom. 1:16). Our confidence is not of ourselves, but of the Holy Spirit (Acts 4:13, 31). Do you believe in Jesus, whom God raised from the dead? Will you share what God has done in you through the work of His Son Jesus?

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