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Acts 5:16-21

 16 There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.

17 Then the high priest rose up, and all they that were with him, (which is the sect of the Sadducees,) and were filled with indignationb, 18 And laid their hands on the apostles, and put them in the common prison. 19 But the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and brought them forth, and said, 20 Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life.


The disciples were following the instructions that they received to go preach the Gospel. Like Jesus himself they had to deal with opposition. They had to make a decision obey man or God.



The religious leaders had three reasons for arresting the Apostles and bringing them to trial.

1. For disobeying the official orders to stop preaching in the name of Jesus Christ. They were guilty of defying the law of the nation.

2. The church was giving every evidence that Jesus Christ was alive, Sadducee's did not believe in the resurrection, Acts 23:8

3. At the great success of these untrained and unauthorized men.the religious leaders were filled with envy (“indignation”).

Matthew 27:18

18 For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.

Acts 13:45

45 But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spake against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming.




Acts 5:19

19 But the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and brought them forth, and said,

l  More than one door guarded by keepers

l  Doors that God opens no man can shut. Rev 3:8

l  Doors of opposition

l  In the darkest hours God delivers his children.

l  No one can stop them unless it is His will.



To pursue the journey on which one has entered

“GO” was the commandment given by Jesus:

Matthew 28:19

19 Go ye therefore, and teach,all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

To walk”, “take steps”, picturing the mode of motion.



To be of a steadfast mind, In the presence of others.

One who does not hesitate, does not waiver.




Tell or talk to others witnessing

In the temple (public place)

To the people

They were freed not to go and hide, but to boldly return to the temple and continue to preach.

l  Peter had called Jesus “the Prince of life” (Acts 3:15)

l  Here he called Him “a Prince and a Saviour.”

l  The word Prince means “a pioneer, one who leads the way, an originator.

l  Jesus Christ the, Pioneer of life

John 1:1-4

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

John 1:4

4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

John 11:25

25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

John 14:6

6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

l  The captain of Salvation

Hebrews 2:10

10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

l  Pioneer of Resurrection



Starts with:

 Ephesians 2:1-10; John 3:16

Is free because of the gift of His love

Romans 5:18

18 Therefore as by the offencee of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.

It's like a new birth but from above

John 3:3

3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born againa[1], he cannot see the kingdom of God.

It's only for those who have Christ

1 John 5:12

12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

It's new

Romans 6:4

4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

2 Corinthians 5:17

17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Hudson Taylor said: “If your father and mother, your sister and brother, if the very cat and dog in the house, are not happier for your being Christian, it is a question whether you really are.”
Is maintained by

a. Christ.

John 6:57

57 As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.

b. Faith.

Galatians 2:20

20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

c. The word of God. De 8:3

Matthew 4:4

4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

d. Prayer.

Psalm 69:32

32 The humblef[2] shall see this, and be glad: and your heart shall live that seek God.

Ø  Our savation experience should never come to a stand still.

The believer should be born again

grow and make progress in his/her journey

Ø  The whole message of this Life.- The gospel

Philippians 2:16

16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.

Ø  The good news we proclaim:

Jesus Christ came into the world to give abundant and eternal life to the spiritually dead.





My Influence

My Life shall touch a dozen lives

Before this day is done,

Leave countless marks of good or ill,

E’er sets the evening sun.

This, the wish I always wish,

The prayer I always pray;

Lord, may my life help other lives,

It touches by the way.


        The LIFE of Christ in You


b         indignation: or, envy

e         by the offence...: or, by one offence

[1]       a  again: or, from above

[2]       f  humble: or, meek

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