Acts 5 – the sequel

After Acts 4, you’d think the issue would have been settled, right? The apostles were being witnesses in the power of the Holy Spirit (with great signs and wonders) and the Temple establishment was incapable of stopping them, right? But But the Jerusalem leaders aren’t going down without a fight. Luke reminds us of their self-centred motives:

5:17 Then the high priest and all his associates, who were members of the party of the Sadducees, were filled with jealousy.

So what do they do?

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Acts 4 & 5 – the truth will shine

Today, we wrap up our week-long look at the showdown in Acts 4 and 5, and draw some lessons from it.

The truth will shine

Because the way Luke’s told this story, he’s trying to say something to his reader, Theophilus. Probably a wealthy, educated man. Someone who knows his history of Greek philosophy. Someone who knows the story of Socrates – how he was accused of leading the people astray; how he was opposed by jealous rulers more worried about their own power than the truth; how he, famously, refused to give in to intimidation – he must obey the gods rather than humans; and how ultimately, history vindicated him. The truth prevailed. A generation later, Socrates’ rational style of teaching had become the foundation of Greek philosophy.

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