Acts Chapter 5
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21 And when they heard that, they entered into the temple early in the morning, and taught. But the high priest came, and they that were with him, and called the council together, and all the senate of the children of Israel, and sent to the prison to have them brought.
36 For before these days rose up Theudas, boasting himself to be somebody; to whom a number of men, about four hundred, joined themselves: who was slain; and all, as many as obeyed him, were scattered, and brought to nought.
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Matthew Henry's Acts Chapter 5 Bible commentary...
The death of Ananias and Sapphira. (1-11) The power which accompanied the preaching of the gospel. (12-16) The apostles imprisoned, but set free by an angel. (17-25) The apostles testify to Christ before the council. (26-33) The advice of Gamaliel, The council let the apostles go. (34-42)1-11 The sin of Ananias and Sapphira was, that they were ambitious of being thought eminent disciples, when they were not true disciples. Hypocrites may deny themselves, may forego their worldly advantage in one instance, with a prospect of finding their account in something else. They were covetous of the wealth of the world, and distrustful of God and his providence. They thought they might serve both God and mammon. They thought to deceive the apostles. The Spirit of God in Peter discerned the principle of unbelief reigning in the heart of Ananias. But whatever Satan might suggest, he could not have filled the heart of Ananias with this wickedness had he not been consenting. The falsehood was an attempt to deceive the Spirit of truth, who so manifestly spoke and acted by the apostles. The crime of Ananias was not his retaining part of the price of the land; he might have kept it all, had he pleased; but his endeavouring to impose upon the apostles with an awful lie, from a desire to make a vain show, joined with covetousness. But if we think to put a cheat upon God, we shall put a fatal cheat upon our own souls. How sad to see those relations who should quicken one another to that which is good, hardening one another in that which is evil! And this punishment was in reality mercy to vast numbers. It would cause strict self-examination, prayer, and dread of hypocrisy, covetousness, and vain-glory, and it should still do so. It would prevent the increase of false professors. Let us learn hence how hateful falsehood is to the God of truth, and not only shun a direct lie, but all advantages from the use of doubtful expressions, and double meaning in our speech.
12-16 The separation of hypocrites by distinguishing judgments, should make the sincere cleave closer to each other and to the gospel ministry. Whatever tends to the purity and reputation of the church, promotes its enlargement; but that power alone which wrought such miracles by the apostles, can rescue sinners from the power of sin and Satan, and add believers to His worshippers. Christ will work by all his faithful servants; and every one who applies to him shall be healed.
17-25 There is no prison so dark, so strong, but God can visit his people in it, and, if he pleases, fetch them out. Recoveries from sickness, releases out of trouble, are granted, not that we may enjoy the comforts of life, but that God may be honoured with the services of our life. It is not for the preachers of Christ's gospel to retire into corners, as long as they can have any opportunity of preaching in the great congregation. They must preach to the lowest, whose souls are as precious to Christ as the souls of the greatest. Speak to all, for all are concerned. Speak as those who resolve to stand to it, to live and die by it. Speak all the words of this heavenly, divine life, in comparison with which the present earthly life does not deserve the name. These words of life, which the Holy Ghost puts into your mouth. The words of the gospel are the words of life; words whereby we may be saved. How wretched are those who are vexed at the success of the gospel! They cannot but see that the word and power of the Lord are against them; and they tremble for the consequences, yet they will go on.
26-33 Many will do an evil thing with daring, yet cannot bear to hear of it afterward, or to have it charged upon them. We cannot expect to be redeemed and healed by Christ, unless we give up ourselves to be ruled by him. Faith takes the Saviour in all his offices, who came, not to save us in our sins, but to save us from our sins. Had Christ been exalted to give dominion to Israel, the chief priests would have welcomed him. But repentance and remission of sins are blessings they neither valued nor saw their need of; therefore they, by no means, admitted his doctrine. Wherever repentance is wrought, remission is granted without fail. None are freed from the guilt and punishment of sin, but those who are freed from the power and dominion of sin; who are turned from it, and turned against it. Christ gives repentance, by his Spirit working with the word, to awaken the conscience, to work sorrow for sin, and an effectual change in the heart and life. The giving of the Holy Ghost, is plain evidence that it is the will of God that Christ should be obeyed. And He will surely destroy those who will not have Him to reign over them.
34-42 The Lord still has all hearts in his hands, and sometimes directs the prudence of the worldly wise, so as to restrain the persecutors. Common sense tells us to be cautious, while experience and observation show that the success of frauds in matters of religion has been very short. Reproach for Christ is true preferment, as it makes us conformable to his pattern, and serviceable to his interest. They rejoiced in it. If we suffer ill for doing well, provided we suffer it well, and as we should, we ought to rejoice in that grace which enabled us so to do. The apostles did not preach themselves, but Christ. This was the preaching that most offended the priests. But it ought to be the constant business of gospel ministers to preach Christ: Christ, and him crucified; Christ, and him glorified; nothing beside this, but what has reference to it. And whatever is our station or rank in life, we should seek to make Him known, and to glorify his name.
Napps's Acts Chapter 5 comment about verse 30 on 12/02/2013, 10:35pm...
Theres a bigger issue, I think. People wear the cross around their necks. Its a symbol, and a reminder of death. Some people kiss it during a certain event, and mumble a few thoughts. Some re religions and cults kiss the head of a snake, or bull. The cross to many people is supposed to represent some form of Jesus and his death. The Vatican has pushes the cross scene for over a thousand years (Popes), Their reason is not biblical, just old pagan. The cross is a false idol, no question. We have no idea of the items of archaeology they have been buying from finders of artifacts related to the era of Jesus, through the back door unfortunately. They can mot risk showing them to the public at this time. It would probably destroy the roman catholic religion. But, Jesus will take care of that issue when he returns in the clouds (not as a human). Unfortunately I probably wont be their to see him!
Dave's Acts Chapter 5 comment about verse 18 on 11/11/2013, 3:53pm...
acts 15-18 how many people where their and laid their hands on the apostles and put them in the common prison.
Cornelius's Acts Chapter 5 comment about verse 30 on 10/14/2013, 2:49pm...
It can be said that it was a tree cos the wood of the cross was from tree
Edward Karinen's Acts Chapter 5 comment about verse 15 on 9/10/2013, 1:44am...
It is not distinctive here that the shadow of Peter heals anyone. They, the people, saw a lot of healing going on in Acts 15 that they hoped it to be so that they brought all into the streets that were sick to be healed. It does not state the shadow of Peter healed them, but it is possible by God for it to happen. Although, you will not find in the Gospels where anyone was healed by the shadow of Christ.
BManuel's Acts Chapter 5 comment about verse 32 on 8/02/2013, 11:03pm...
Obedience begins from a faith filled heart, a faith filled person. "So then faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God." People involved in the murder of Jesus Christ on the cross believed and they sought to obey the Lord. They realized the horrible act they were guilty of and they did not want to die in their sins and be separated from the presence of God forever. ". . . Men and brethren what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For this promise is unto you, and your children, and to all that are afar off,even as many as the Lord our God shall call." Those who heeded the gospel call believed and obeyed and received. Time and distance were not excepted, but included in the expression "all that are afar off." Then obedience is to be continued all the way to the end. It is not an impulsive now and then belief and obedience, but a continuous belief and obedience to the teachings of the New Testament. Not happy? Not satisfied with life? Feeling empty? Feeling shame and guilt? Feeling destroyed by something or someone? Try believing in and obeying Jesus Christ. Try it on and keep it up, on and on and on.
Rita's Acts Chapter 5 comment about verse 30 on 3/11/2013, 12:35pm...
I think Jesus was nailed to a tree, not a cross, and he was nail in his wrist to support his body.
Susan Dalton's Acts Chapter 5 comment about verse 28 on 7/09/2012, 4:31pm...
"Did not we straigtly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man's blood upon us." Acts 5:28.
We have been affected by the Derecho and extreme heat; many have loss electrical power, and some have been out of power for nine days.
At least in some cases, clearance has to be documented on de-energized lines over 600 volts. This clearance document states that all lines or equipment have been isolated from all sources of hazardous energy. Lower voltage lines or equipment may only require a lock out/tag out procedure.
The apostles had received a clearance from the Lord. They were separated by the Holy Ghost for the work the Lord had called them unto. In essence, they were separated from worldly, hazardous powers which would keep them from fulfilling the Lord's work. They were not kept from those powers seeking to stop them, yet, they knew they had clearance from the Lord, and even if men sought to stop that work, they were to obey God: a hazardous work indeed.
In another way of looking at it, some who call on the name of the Lord, may be low voltage disciples. The world may have isolated them from their main power source to such a degree that they are received by the world; they may be locked out or tagged out while they work in certain areas - meaning they cannot in word make mention of the Lord. Others may be low voltage due to sin, or lack of obedience to God's word. Some may be low voltage because they are a babe in Christ; still, others, may be low voltage by God's will to be able to perform a specific work according to His will; but, the power to perform any work for Christ must come from His power.
The apostles, here,in Acts 5:28, were a live, hot wire for the Lord. The opposers of the gospel tried to enforce their clearance upon them. They sought to isolate the apostles from the power that enpowered them, yet, the apostles were a live, hot wire unto their death. They had received clearance from the Lord that His work might be done.
Working on downed, energized lines can be hazardous to the worker of the Lord; but, thanks be unto God, He insulates His workers for the work He has cleared them to do.
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