Acts 4* Peter and John imprisoned. (1-4) The apostles boldly testifyto Christ. (5-14) Peter and John refuse to be silenced. (15-22)The believers unite in prayer and praise. (23-31) The holycharity of the Christians. (32-37)1-4 The apostles preached through Jesus the resurrection fromthe dead. It includes all the happiness of the future state;this they preached through Jesus Christ, to be had through himonly. Miserable is their case, to whom the glory of Christ'skingdom is a grief; for since the glory of that kingdom iseverlasting, their grief will be everlasting also. The harmlessand useful servants of Christ, like the apostles, have oftenbeen troubled for their work of faith and labour of love, whenwicked men have escaped. And to this day instances are notwanting, in which reading the Scriptures, social prayer, andreligious conversation meet with frowns and checks. But if weobey the precepts of Christ, he will support us. 5-14 Peter being filled with the Holy Ghost, would have all tounderstand, that the miracle had been wrought by the name, orpower, of Jesus of Nazareth, the Messiah, whom they hadcrucified; and this confirmed their testimony to hisresurrection from the dead, which proved him to be the Messiah.These rulers must either be saved by that Jesus whom they hadcrucified, or they must perish for ever. The name of Jesus isgiven to men of every age and nation, as that whereby alonebelievers are saved from the wrath to come. But whencovetousness, pride, or any corrupt passion, rules within, menshut their eyes, and close their hearts, in enmity against thelight; considering all as ignorant and unlearned, who desire toknow nothing in comparison with Christ crucified. And thefollowers of Christ should act so that all who converse withthem, may take knowledge that they have been with Jesus. Thatmakes them holy, heavenly, spiritual, and cheerful, and raisesthem above this world. 15-22 All the care of the rulers is, that the doctrine ofChrist spread not among the people, yet they cannot say it isfalse or dangerous, or of any ill tendency; and they are ashamedto own the true reason; that it testifies against theirhypocrisy, wickedness, and tyranny. Those who know how to put ajust value upon Christ's promises, know how to put just contemptupon the world's threatenings. The apostles look with concern onperishing souls, and know they cannot escape eternal ruin but byJesus Christ, therefore they are faithful in warning, andshowing the right way. None will enjoy peace of mind, nor actuprightly, till they have learned to guide their conduct by thefixed standard of truth, and not by the shifting opinions andfancies of men. Especially beware of a vain attempt to serve twomasters, God and the world; the end will be, you can serveneither fully. 23-31 Christ's followers do best in company, provided it istheir own company. It encourages God's servants, both in doingwork, and suffering work, that they serve the God who made allthings, and therefore has the disposal of all events; and theScriptures must be fulfilled. Jesus was anointed to be aSaviour, therefore it was determined he should be a sacrifice,to make atonement for sin. But sin is not the less evil forGod's bringing good out of it. In threatening times, our careshould not be so much that troubles may be prevented, as that wemay go on with cheerfulness and courage in our work and duty.They do not pray, Lord let us go away from our work, now that itis become dangerous, but, Lord, give us thy grace to go onstedfastly in our work, and not to fear the face of man. Thosewho desire Divine aid and encouragement, may depend upon havingthem, and they ought to go forth, and go on, in the strength ofthe Lord God. God gave a sign of acceptance of their prayers.The place was shaken, that their faith might be established andunshaken. God gave them greater degrees of his Spirit; and theywere all filled with the Holy Ghost, more than ever; by whichthey were not only encouraged, but enabled to speak the word ofGod with boldness. When they find the Lord God help them by hisSpirit, they know they shall not be confounded, #Isa 1.7|. 32-37 The disciples loved one another. This was the blessedfruit of Christ's dying precept to his disciples, and his dyingprayer for them. Thus it was then, and it will be so again, whenthe Spirit shall be poured upon us from on high. The doctrinepreached was the resurrection of Christ; a matter of fact, whichbeing duly explained, was a summary of all the duties,privileges, and comforts of Christians. There were evidentfruits of Christ's grace in all they said and did. They weredead to this world. This was a great evidence of the grace ofGod in them. They did not take away others' property, but theywere indifferent to it. They did not call it their own; becausethey had, in affection, forsaken all for Christ, and wereexpecting to be stripped of all for cleaving to him. No marvelthat they were of one heart and soul, when they sat so loose tothe wealth of this world. In effect, they had all things common;for there was not any among them who lacked, care was taken fortheir supply. The money was laid at the apostles' feet. Greatcare ought to be taken in the distribution of public charity,that it be given to such as have need, such as are not able toprocure a maintenance for themselves; those who are reduced towant for well-doing, and for the testimony of a good conscience,ought to be provided for. Here is one in particular mentioned,remarkable for this generous charity; it was Barnabas. As onedesigned to be a preacher of the gospel, he disentangled himselffrom the affairs of this life. When such dispositions prevail,and are exercised according to the circumstances of the times,the testimony will have very great power upon others.
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