AMIDST PERSECUTION Part I

AMIDST PERSECUTION Part I

Leslie M. John

In the early days when the Church came into existence, Apostle Peter and Apostle John preached boldly and healed a lame man who was forty years old.

“And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple” (Acts 3:2)

They healed the lame in the name of Lord Jesus Christ.

“Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk” (Acts 3:6) The rulers, and elders persecuted Peter and John for preaching the word of God

“And it came to pass on the morrow, that their rulers, and elders, and scribes, And 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. And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, By what power, or by what name, have ye done this? Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole; Be 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” (Acts 4:5-10)

Peter and John witnessed boldly and refused to pay heed to the orders of rulers, who threatened them with dire consequences.

“If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole; Be 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. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:9-12)

“But 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. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard. So 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 don”. (Acts 4:19-21)

The Church and the preachers were persecuted in different ways, but in none of the cases the opponents of Church were successful. Not even Saul, who persecuted the Church was successful and Jesus Himself intervened and said to Saul

“And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks” (Acts 9:5)

Saul became a great Preacher and was known by the name “Paul”. The Church always grew amidst Persecutions.

“Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls” (Acts 2:41)

“Howbeit many of them which heard the word believed; and the number of the men was about five thousand” (Acts 4:4)

As records indicate there are TWO BILLION Christians in the world today.

(Source: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/fields/2122.html#xx)