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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Acts Chapter 4 

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Luke
Date Penned: (63-70 AD)
Overview: Peter's Ministry (c 1-12)
Theme:  The Establishment of the Church (c 1-7)
Message: The Believers Work in Unity (v 1-37)

Acts 4 Commentary

(4:1-22) Peter and John Before the Council - Evidently a large crowd had gathered at Solomon’s Colonnade (3:11) where Peter began to preach. While Acts is a record of powerful sermons, astounding miracles, and the rapid spread of the Christian church throughout the world, it is also a reminder of the truth of spiritual warfare. Whenever believers are seeking to impact their culture, whenever the gospel is preached in power, wherever the church is growing and making inroads, the enemy stirs up fierce opposition.

(4:23-31) The Believers Pray for Courage - After being sternly threatened by the same group of men who had orchestrated the crucifixion of Jesus only six weeks earlier, the followers of Jesus gathered and prayed. Their prayers weren’t for an end to persecution or for easy times. Rather, the believers asked God for the boldness necessary to continue proclaiming the good news about Jesus. God gave them what every church needs: a reminder of his power and a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

(4:32-37) The Believers Share Their Possessions - The final verses of chapter 4 provide a glimpse into the inner workings of the early church. The first-century Christians enjoyed a sense of closeness and unity that caused the world to sit up and take notice. It’s one thing to talk of loving others; it’s quite another to sell one’s valuable possessions and give the proceeds to those less fortunate. Yet that kind of generosity was common in the early church. And that kind of selflessness is the essence of true fellowship.


Dave Burnette's Life Application

The Lord Will Equip You

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the book of Acts Chapter 4. In our text today we see Peter and John face the Sanhedrin speaking with authority and power beyond their ability, praying with boldness, meeting the needs of others. In making application we see that the Lord will equip you in whatever task He calls you too. Today the Lord is still calling believers to do the work of the Ministry and He will equip you to do His Will as you walk by faith. How about you? Do you see that the Lord will empower you to do His Will? Let us learn from our text today to see that the Lord will equip you to perform any task that He calls you to accomplish in His Name.


Acts 4

Acts 4

 1And as they spake unto the people, the priests, and the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees, came upon them,

 2Being grieved that they taught the people, and preached through Jesus the resurrection from the dead.

 3And they laid hands on them, and put them in hold unto the next day: for it was now eventide.

 4Howbeit many of them which heard the word believed; and the number of the men was about five thousand.

 5And it came to pass on the morrow, that their rulers, and elders, and scribes,

 6And Annas the high priest, and Caiaphas, and John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the kindred of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem.

 7And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, By what power, or by what name, have ye done this?

 8Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel,

 9If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole;

 10Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.

 11This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.

 12Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

 13Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.

 14And beholding the man which was healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it.

 15But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the council, they conferred among themselves,

 16Saying, What shall we do to these men? for that indeed a notable miracle hath been done by them is manifest to all them that dwell in Jerusalem; and we cannot deny it.

 17But that it spread no further among the people, let us straitly threaten them, that they speak henceforth to no man in this name.

 18And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.

 19But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye.

 20For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.

 21So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding nothing how they might punish them, because of the people: for all men glorified God for that which was done.

 22For the man was above forty years old, on whom this miracle of healing was shewed.

 23And being let go, they went to their own company, and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said unto them.

 24And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is:

 25Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things?

 26The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ.

 27For 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,

 28For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done.

 29And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,

 30By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.

 31And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.

 32And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.

 33And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.

 34Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold,

 35And laid them down at the apostles' feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need.

 36And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus,

 37Having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the apostles' feet.