Acts 4:13

Blog from Pastor Joe Camp

“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.”
-Acts 4:13-

I simply cannot shake this verse this week. In it lies so much power that you and I often miss. Have you ever been going throughout your spiritual journey as if something is just off, or something seems incomplete? Or that you don’t simply know enough scripture or have enough understanding?

I go through those moments...we all do if we will be honest with ourselves. But this verse shows us something incredible. And I think the incredible is what many of us might just need to remember as we go throughout our days, our weeks, our months and years. And it’s super simple!

Peter and John, apparently their boldness was something to be noted but so wasn’t their perceived lack of education. Their normalness, “common men”, shows that there was nothing extra special about them but yet they were bold. To the point that others were astonished by them. And the verse finishes with a phrase that we all need to listen too, that those around them recognized that they had been with Jesus. 

Want a tough question to ask yourself? Ask yourself if others can tell if you have really been with Jesus or not...that should put you in check a bit. But get this...when the people recognized that they had been with Jesus, which is written in a present tense form, Jesus has already been crucified on the cross, died, and rose again. So...how is it that they, those seeing Peter and John, see men that were, present time, “with Jesus”?

It’s because of what Jesus told them about His departure. That He had to go so the Advocate could come. He even said it’s better that He goes so that the Holy Spirit (advocate) could come. And it’s here that I that we often miss or forget just exactly what this entails.

The Holy Spirit dwells within each of us. That’s Christ in you. We literally have access to the same power that raised Christ from the grave. Yet, is the Holy Spirit within us alive and active or are we keeping it nice and neat, locked up so we can continue the lives we want rather than the life He wants.

Remember, these “uneducated, common men” were used by God to birth the entire church as we know it today. These common men saw thousands up thousands of people come to know and believe in Christ. Surely there is something to be said for allowing the Holy Spirit to lead, to guide, to be free in our lives. 

So when you feel helpless, access the Holy Spirit. Meditate on His words to us in the scriptures, believe what you hear and see in the scriptures, hold fast in obedience, and desire immensely the Spirit. When you feel unqualified within yourself remember the gift that also lies within you. Boldness does not come without belief. And I believe in all of us, allowing the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us, lies the potential for so much more than we could ever imagine. Do you believe it?

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