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Bobby Stafford Acts 4:1-12 Salvation in Jesus Alone (Lesson 14)         

The Book of Acts

Salvation Is In Jesus Alone

Acts 4:1-12

Verse 1  Acts 4:1 “Now as they spoke to the people, the priests, the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees came upon them.”  NKJV  Because a large crowd had gathered at Solomon’s Colonnade, the religious authorities came to see what was going on.  The Sadducees were the religious aristocracy, the wealthy, upper-class.  They believed only in the first five books of the Bible and denied the resurrection of the dead.  The captain of the temple guard was considered second in authority; only to the high priest.

Verse 2  Acts 4:2 “being greatly disturbed that they taught the people and preached in Jesus the resurrection from the dead.”  NKJV  The Sadducees were incensed that Peter was preaching the resurrection of the dead right in the temple area.  Whenever the early church talked about Jesus, they emphasized His resurrection.  Why?  The resurrection means He is the Son of God and His word can be trusted.  It means our Savior is alive and can help us in times of need.  It also means that one day we will also be resurrected.  (I Corinthians 15:20-22) “But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.  For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead.  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.”  NKJV

Verse 3  Acts 4:3 “And they laid hands on them, and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening.”  NKJV  Even though they had done nothing except heal a lame man, they were still arrested and put in jail until morning.  The Law would not allow trials in the evening even though this had not stopped them from doing so with Jesus.

Verse 4  Acts 4:4 “However, many of those who heard the word believed; and the number of the men came to be about five thousand.”  NKJV  The church grew despite Peter and John being put in jail.  Two thousand males were added, not counting women and children.  It’s possible there were as many as fifteen thousand Christians now in Jerusalem.  This was a high percentage of the population. 

Note:  Telling others about Christ is risky.  You could be rejected, ridiculed, gossiped about; you might lose friends.  But it is worth it!  Nothing done in the name of Christ is ever wasted.

Verse 5  Acts 4:5 “And it came to pass, on the next day, that their rulers, elders, and scribes,” NKJV  The Council – the Sanhedrin, was the same one that had condemned Jesus to death.  The Council had seventy members plus the high priest with the Sadducees having a majority.  They were the ruling government of Israel.  Even though they were the prominent religious leaders, they were lost!  They had crucified the Son of God and were trying to silence His messengers.

Verse 6  Acts 4:6 “as well as Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the family of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem.”  NKJV  Luke lists the power players of Israel who were at the trial.  Caiaphas was Annas’s son-in-law.

Verse 7  Acts 4:7 “And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, ‘By what power or by what name have you done this?’ ” NKJV  The Council surrounded Peter and John.  Doing the same act in the name of someone is doing it by that person’s power and authority.  (Luke 24:46-47) “Then He said to them, ‘Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.’ ”  (Matthew 28:19-20) “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”  Amen.  NKJV

Verses 8-10  Acts 4:8-10 “Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, ‘Rulers of the people and elders of Israel:  If we this day are judged for a good deed done to a helpless man, by what means he has been made well, let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole.’ ” NKJV  Jesus had previously told His disciples this.  (Matthew 10:16-20)  “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves.  Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. But beware of men, for they will deliver you up to councils and scourge you in their synagogues.  You will be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles.  But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak.  For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.”  NKJV  Peter declared the irony of John and him being arrested because they had done an act of kindness.  He attributed the healing to Jesus Christ, whom they had crucified.  Now Peter put the Jewish leaders on trial! 

Verse 11  Acts 4:11 “This is the stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.”  NKJV  Peter quoted a familiar Old Testament passage.  (Psalm 118:22) “The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone.”  NKJV  He proclaimed Jesus Christ as the chief cornerstone.  Jesus had identified Himself as the chief cornerstone.  (Mark 12:10-11) “Have you not even read this Scripture: ‘The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone?  This was the Lord’s doing, And it is marvelous in our eyes’?”  NKJV  (Romans 9:30-33) “What shall we say then?  That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, even the righteousness of faith; but Israel, pursuing the law of righteousness, has not attained to the law of righteousness.  Why? Because they did not seek it by faith, but as it were, by the works of the law.  For they stumbled at the stumbling stone.  As it is written:  ‘Behold, I lay in Zion a stumbling stone and rock of offense, And whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.’ ” NKJV  (I Peter 2:7) “Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, ‘The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone.’” NKJV  The cornerstone was the most important stone in a building. 

Verse 12  Acts 4:12 “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”  NKJV  Peter’s argument reached a climax.  That same Jesus, who had healed the lame man, is the only source of spiritual healing.  There is salvation in no one else!  (John 14:6)  “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.’ ” NKJV  Jesus alone is able to provide access to God because He alone paid the penalty for sin.  (Hebrews 1:3) “who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,” NKJV  People claim we are being arrogant and narrow-minded when we say salvation is found in Christ alone.  But that is the simple truth.  (I Timothy 2:5) “For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.”  NKJV  The way to salvation is truly narrow.  (Luke 13:22-24) “And He went through the cities and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem.  Then one said to Him, ‘Lord, are there few who are saved?’  And He said to them, ‘Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able.’ ” NKJV

Bobby Stafford 
June 14, 2015 [Evening] 
Lesson 14  Acts 4:1-12

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