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Obey God Rather Than Man

Obey God Rather Than Man

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Shortly after Christ’s death, the apostles were teaching and ministering to the people (Acts 5:12-16). The High Priest and reputable (highly regarded) religious leaders became very jealous (indignation, resentment, religious anger) and put them in the common prison (Acts 5:17-18). The apostles were miraculously delivered from the prison and were told to go preach the gospel in the temple (Acts 5:19-20). They were not to run away in fear and cower (shrink, tremble, shy away) in hiding. No, they were to boldly profess Christ in the foremost center where these religious leaders, who persecuted them, held position – in their presumed territory. All the religious leaders gathered for an inquisition and to once again set themselves against Christ. Psalms 2:2-3, “The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed (Acts 4:25-26 adds Christ), saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us (religiously seek their own will).” AND Acts 4:27-28, “For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together, For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done.” After some stir in locating the apostles, they found them and brought them before their council (Acts 5:21-27, Lk 12:11-12). They were told not to speak in Christ’s name anymore (Acts 5:28). Peter boldly proclaimed a most significant statement, “We ought to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29). Many men or institutions have seated themselves in the place of God (that is Christ). Often it is assumed that if we obey these that we are obeying God. We must be able to discern (distinguish, recognize, differentiate, perceive) who is leading toward God and who is leading away. Do not presume that all who “profess God (Christ)” are submitted to Him and “following.” We must be strong in the Word and listen to the Spirit.
Shortly after Christ’s death, the apostles were teaching and ministering to the people (Acts 5:12-16). The High Priest and reputable (highly regarded) religious leaders became very jealous (indignation, resentment, religious anger) and put them in the common prison (Acts 5:17-18). The apostles were miraculously delivered from the prison and were told to go preach the gospel in the temple (Acts 5:19-20). They were not to run away in fear and cower (shrink, tremble, shy away) in hiding. No, they were to boldly profess Christ in the foremost center where these religious leaders, who persecuted them, held position – in their presumed territory. All the religious leaders gathered for an inquisition and to once again set themselves against Christ. Psalms 2:2-3, “The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed (Acts 4:25-26 adds Christ), saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us (religiously seek their own will).” AND Acts 4:27-28, “For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together, For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done.” After some stir in locating the apostles, they found them and brought them before their council (Acts 5:21-27, Lk 12:11-12). They were told not to speak in Christ’s name anymore (Acts 5:28). Peter boldly proclaimed a most significant statement, “We ought to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29). Many men or institutions have seated themselves in the place of God (that is Christ). Often it is assumed that if we obey these that we are obeying God. We must be able to discern (distinguish, recognize, differentiate, perceive) who is leading toward God and who is leading away. Do not presume that all who “profess God (Christ)” are submitted to Him and “following.” We must be strong in the Word and listen to the Spirit.

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hortly after Christ’s death, the apostles were teaching and ministering to the people(
 Acts 5:12-16 
). The High Priest and reputable (
highly regarded 
) religious leaders becamevery jealous (
indignation, resentment, religious anger 
) and put them in the common prison (
 Acts 5:17-18
). The apostles were miraculously delivered from the prison and weretold to go preach the gospel in the temple (
 Acts 5:19-20
). They were not to run away infear and cower (
 shrink, tremble, shy away
) in hiding. No, they were to boldly professChrist in the foremost center where these religious leaders, who persecuted them, held position – in their presumed territory. All the religious leaders gathered for an inquisitionand to once again set themselves against Christ. Psalms 2:2-3, “The kings of the earth setthemselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against hisanointed (
 Acts 4:25-26 adds Christ 
), saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and castaway their cords from us (
religiously seek their own will 
).” AND Acts 4:27-28, “For of atruth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and PontiusPilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together, For to dowhatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done.” After some stir inlocating the apostles, they found them and brought them before their council (
 Acts 5:21-27, Lk 12:11-12
). They were told not to speak in Christ’s name anymore (
 Acts 5:28
).Peter boldly proclaimed a most significant statement, “We ought to obey God rather thanmen” (
 Acts 5:29
). Many men or institutions have seated themselves in the place of God(
that is Christ 
). Often it is assumed that if we obey these that we are obeying God. Wemust be able to discern (
distinguish, recognize, differentiate, perceive
) who is leadingtoward God and who is leading away. Do not presume that all who “profess God(
Christ 
)” are submitted to Him and “following.” We must be strong in the Word andlisten to the Spirit. Adherence to Peter’s inspired advice would cut away all the religiosityof man (
doctrines, traditions, pomp, organizations, rituals, etc.
) and place Christ solelyas head. Peter proclaimed to these men that Jesus was greatly exalted by God and nowgives: first repentance (
acknowledging of wrongs and then forsaking of transgressions
)and then forgiveness of sins (
 Acts 5:31
). Peter further stated that those who were obedient(
 submitted 
) to Christ would receive His Holy Spirit (
 Acts 5:32
). The religious councildidn’t receive this message very well in that they first sought to kill, but settled for  beating and sternly warning them against teaching the people (
 Acts 5:33, 40
). Notice thatthe only one’s who are standing between men (
the people
) and God are clearly thesereligious men who actually claimed to represent God. They didn’t want the people to betaught! Now many may find this odd, that men who profess God and seemingly live for Him with religious zeal could actually be working against God’s purposes. When man isnot submitted to God and His Way, then he is often submitted to man and man’s way. Thetwo “ways” often digress (
deviate, differ, move away
) from each other and are divergent(
in conflict, opposing 
) in purpose. These religious men claimed exclusive rights to Godand they had a tremendous religious system to back-up their assertion (
declaration
). Theycould prove that they sat in Moses’ seat, however, they “said” and “did not.” (
Mt 23:2-3
).Many a religious man today will also be conflicting with God’s purposes, even thoughthey may have great authority behind them (
 position, influence, education, organizations,institutions
). Many will “say,” but do they do? – and are they walking by example with aheart for God? These men had an institution full of doctrines, tradition, methods and1

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