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Acts 4:8 13

Acts 4:8 13

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Published by: Joseph Winston on Nov 06, 2009
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1.1 Acts 4:8-13
Acts 4:8
Then Peter 
– The author attributes Peter with speaking these words.
 filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them
– The “Holy Spirit ...motivates theprophets to speak. (Acts 4:8; 6:3, 5; 7:55; 8:26, 29, 39; 10:19; 11:12; 13:2;16:6-7; 19:21; 20:33; 21:4, 11)”
 Rulers of the people and elders
– Peter is speaking to the leaders becausethey want to know where this power to heal and to draw such large crowdsis coming from.Acts 4:9
a good deed done
– Of course, this is not the real issue here becausenormally the leaders want this type of action to occur since it is a part of theJewish and Christian teachings.Acts 4:10
by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth
– Peter and John (Acts 3:1)do not claim that they have the power to heal the sick. Rather, this work wasdon by Jesus Christ.
whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead 
– This phrase bothidentifies the ones responsible for Christ’s death (even though it really waseveryone) and the power behind Christ’s life.Acts 4:11
the stone that was rejected by you
– The concept here is that the leadersactively turned down the One sent by God.Acts 4:12
There is salvation in no one else
– The assertion here is very clear.Only Jesus offers the healing needed for this life and the next.Acts 4:13
they were uneducated and ordinary men
– The author reports that bothPeter and John as normal people.
they were amazed and recognized them as companions of Jesus
– For somereason it took quite a while for the leaders to recognize Peter and John.Perhaps, the Jesus movement was not all that well known by those in power.
1.2 Psalm 18:1-6, 16-19
Psalm 18:1
I love you, O
 , my strength.
– The attributed author of the psalmis David. This king who was known as a warrior relies on the L
.Psalm 18:2
is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, myrock in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, mystronghold.
– The author lists different defensive weapons that remind himof the L
.Psalm 18:3
I call upon the
 , who is worthy to be praised; so I shall besaved from my enemies.
– This prayer has been abused in the past and itcontinues to be misused today. The L
is not a talisman that promisesto bring success to every endeavor. Rather, this prayer is speaking of thatfinal battle where everything is at stake. Will we be eternally forgotten? TheL
promises to remember His followers and to grant to them eternal life.This is clearly heard in the next verse.Psalm 18:4
The cords of death encompassed me; the torrents of perdition as-sailed me
– The author clearly knows two things: death is coming for himand he will be damned.Psalm 18:5Psalm 18:6
In my distress I called upon the
– The L
listens at alltimes....Psalm 18:16
He reached down from on high, he took me; he drew me out of mighty waters.
– Even in the most frightening, chaotic, daemon filled, wa-ters, the L
can save you.Psalm 18:17Psalm 18:18Psalm 18:19
because he delighted in me.
– There is nothing that we can do tosave ourselves. The L
does everything because He loves us.2
1.3 1 Corinthians 10:1-5
This letter is one of the undisputed letters of Paul.
1 Corinthians 10:1
I do not want you to be unaware
– Paul wants to expose to hisreaders the incarnation of Jesus was not limited to a certain place and time.1 Corinthians 10:21 Corinthians 10:31 Corinthians 10:4
the rock was Christ 
– The One that feeds and shelters us isJesus.1 Corinthians 10:5
1.4 Matthew 16:13-19
This is my translation of the text:
And Jesus went into the district of Caesarea Philippi and asked his disciplessaying, “Who are the people saying the son of the man is?”
And they said, “Some John the Baptizer, others Elijah, yet others Jeremiahor one of the prophets.”
He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
And Simon Peter answered, “You are the anointed one, the Son of the livingGod.”
And Jesus answered saying, “You are blessed Simon son of Jonah. Becauseflesh and blood did not divinely reveal (this to you), but my Father in theHeaven.
And I say that you are a stone and on this rocky fortress I will build mychurch, and the gates of Hades will not win a victory (over it).
I will give you the signet of the kingdom of Heaven, and whatever you bindon the earth is bound in the Heaven, and whatever you loose on the earthis loosed in the Heaven.”
Then he ordered the disciples to tell no one that he is the anointed one.

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