In the beginning of Acts 4, we can see that the temple guard and the Sadducees were greatly disturbed due to the fact that the apostles were teaching the people, proclaiming the resurrection of Jesus. I can always remember who the Sadducees were by a little trick I learned from a book: “The Sadducees didn’t believe in the resurrection and thus they were sad, you see?” In fact, they were so disturbed by this teaching that they put Peter and John in jail until the next day.
On the next day, they begin to question Peter and John, “By what power or what name did you do this?” (Acts 4:7). In this question, the Sadducees are referring to Peter’s healing of a lame beggar in chapter 3. Peter goes on to answer them, saying:
It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. Jesus is “the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.” – Acts 4:10-11
Peter is not ashamed to give Jesus the credit for this man’s healing. In fact, Peter takes it a step further and proclaims, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). I do not think it is a coincidence that after this bold proclamation from Peter, they began to take note that these men had been with Jesus.
A few verses later, Peter and John are called in front of them again and were commanded not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. Peter’s and John’s response is one of my all-time favorite verses in Scripture:
Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges! As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard. – Acts 4:19-20, emphasis added
As we have discussed many times at SoHills, our mission is to make disciples who make disciples (see Jesus’ command in Matthew 28:19-20). The world doesn’t like it when we do that. They didn’t in Acts and they still don’t. We may be called intolerant, stupid, confused, or names of deeper severity. Our culture tells us to live how we want, to be happy and to in turn let others live how they want. But to whom will you listen? To ignore Jesus’ command to make disciples is the most unloving thing any Christian could ever do. After all, salvation is found in no one else!
The most assured method to tell if you’ve been with Jesus in a saving kind of way is this: Am I making much of Him? Do your words, your actions, your heart reflect a love and reverence for Christ? If you are connected to the Vine, you will bear fruit!