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June 27, 2022 6:00 am
Pastor Rick teaches from the book of the Acts
It was so preoccupied with their lifestyle going the wrong way that they just could not see anything because they could not. This was not magic.
It was not luck of the draw could not believe because they did not want to believe.
Don't we find people like this today. They do not want Jesus to be Christ. They do not want him to be true, so they're not going to submit this is cross reference radio with our pastor and teacher Rick Gaston because the pastor of Calvary Chapel Mechanicsville. Pastor Rick is currently teaching through the book of acts. Please stay with us after today's message to hear more information about cross reference radio, specifically how you can get a free copy of this teaching, and now here's Pastor Rick with part two of his message called on intimidated preaching in acts chapter 4 there's no one in Israel that has seen Moses that is alive except John, Peter and James John's brother and this is Peter and John, of course, I think James was pretty much a stabilizing force amongst the apostles, not James the brother of the Lord. James the brother of John.
His death was really a big thing but he was us because he's very quiet. You don't hear him say much but is always there, why is he always there between Peter and John and keep them from separate. I don't know but I do think it was of just a is not even replaced after he skill he can do me just well, and I'm going off track.
We get to that when when he is modern, but these leaders were notorious for covering up facts and Glenda doesn't happen anymore. The devil at this point didn't have to lift a finger. He had enough corruption in these mentally and it was is not Jim and Darrell off in the same to you probably know people like this in the workplace is universal in the neighborhood.
The devil doesn't do anything with them that they're just on the payroll. Now and hauling the chili for the enemy every chance they get, every time there behind the wheel.
They are on his Aaron proclaiming the name over an event assigning a name to it is the signing ownership and that's what Peter is going to do this is Jesus Christ God in Jesus Christ doing this in verse 10, he'll do that is, Christ is the performer of this miracle whom you killed or did I mention you killed him. So one of the lessons in this the you know when people by appeasing them hurt their feelings. Don't tell them the truth was spring that on them later bait and switch that's illegal in the business world. You caught is hard to catch them like satellites to be drawn into the store and they they withhold the truth from you in the spring on after you get your hopes haul up binder doesn't come in your size and a stretch to swim for a week or two. Any way, verse eight then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said of them rulers of the people and elders of Israel starts out very polite. Does he not well, according to the New Testament the spirit of God is God God the Holy Spirit was a where it says Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit is filled with God. God is doing this now, there are these momentary feelings when the who, in the spirit just fills us for a task, but there are many subsequent fillings. We cannot always overflow this is not that much to us, but we can always be full. We cannot always flame but we can always be hot you know you you have a campfire and put another one owner that while you get those goals. It is hot, is apt to be flaming, but is ready to flame if you put some fuel on it and that is I think a parallel of being filled with the spirit. I would hate to come up you and tell you how may times accountable but I don't know what to say little nervous and I know I don't know house is going to go. Are they going to recognize greatness and then the spirit just in all required get going. Start talking.
How can I be quiet okay anyway, the Peter had he not been filled with the spirit, what would he have been filled with had he not been filled with the spirit, we wouldn't have his sermon here. We would not appreciate what is going on here were going to come across the seven sons of Skiba, who confronted devil and they're not filled with the spirit we find out what happens in these there are the only ones so it is one thing to be filled with the spirit.
It is another thing to have him flowing out and he is the one that controls that, but we can interfere. All we have to do is remain receptive pliable in his hands. He is the Potter and we are the clay, there are filled churchgoers and there are unfilled churchgoers and you usually tell. After a while, sometimes you tell right away. He said to them, rulers of the people in the elders. 30 years later Peter writing to persecuted Christians in various places. He says sanctify the Lord in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you with meekness and respect while he's giving he's ready and he's given the answer and he's respectful even noted. The truth is hard on those other guys is true. You killed him. It would be disrespectful. Would it not to lie to them to hold back the things they need to hear to give them a chance to be smitten in heart and repent. Also let your speech always be with grace. Season with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one. Now sometimes you know you Paul went ballistic.
A few times God will smack you, you whitewash while his head when he go there.
We didn't put it exactly like that but that's what he was saying on the when they struck him. I do know that was a high priest. I used to think Paul knew that I lean towards heaved he did not know what will get to that. Max also I still hope you knew and just use hot man is smack him like that punch me, but those slap me well don't do either about that anyway.
Grace, you know, speaking with grace.
You know speak to people as though you're speaking to the Lord.
This is a good pattern treat everyone the way you want Jesus to treat you within limitations that exist. Verse nine if we this day our judge for a good deed done to a helpless man. What means he has been made well before I get a to B known part Peter in verse nine is pointing out how silly this is to help a guy out. You bring me to court.
I mean, what is the seller has helping them rob a bank, an accomplice man is begging the incidentally the man was to have some connections to be to have that prize spot at the gate to the temple. Why did he get to be there. He evidently was recognized by people he was a regular and that's is an interesting side note part of the story but Peter is saying this man is been there for years, no one's done anything about it. He's healed now and you you're fussing about this. Do you know how silly you look while these guys were so deep into themselves.
Truth didn't register anymore with them fax just did not register.
Sometimes you can see this in an inflated moment was someone is angry or hysterical. And you can't reason with them. These mandate there.
This is how they were all the time you either were with them or in conflict against them, and fewer in conflict with them who could withstand them you lose your job, messing with these guys real life they wanted to kill Lazarus having your tenacity to be raised from the Ted assist and you know John was the point that I said oh by the way we were there this happen we want you to know this happened so that when you find yourself in dealing with evil dark people you not all the strange things happening to me I been singled out know they are out there. Verse 10 he says Peter speaking B known to you all and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified. God raised from the dead, by him this man stands here before you whole. So he seizes the moment they asked him what name verse six and he tells them and he adds you kill them. But God overruled you, God did not agree with you.
Now what happens Jesus whom you crucified this senseless arrest they would. Why did they interrupt what they say what you think you are. I think of to dumbfounded. I think the spirit was so coming out of Peter that they were flat on their feet. It was like this Galilean is a terrible accident. He's using his words wrong another to the judge them by their speech and and yet he was flaying them with the truth, whom God raised from the dead. Why did they not refute that statement right now.
Why did not someone say all that's what you said no he did not. Why do they disallow this because there's nothing it was true. They had no evidence against it and they had evidence for it was like well we can't prove that he rose from the dead someone coming this weekend and hear the facts, since when you buy off Roman guards that you all did because you knew that they told the truth, you have to face the resurrection of Christ. Anyway, Peter says you murder him but he did not state that on your behalf, and he is the one that is healed this man and I'm the instrument a by him this man stands here before you. He says in the bottom of verse 10 months earlier pierced of warming himself by the fire so confused about his faith, his identity in Christ. Now he is no doubts about who he is and who God is in Christ and the Holy Spirit is just empowering him to take charge, verse 11. This is the stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone. So he's using a prophetic metaphor as he points to the crime against their Messiah. He says they're the ones that did it.
And again you get nowhere covering up the gospel doesn't mean we rash without words. But if you're in dialogue with somebody about Christ. We tell the truth and we work towards telling that truth.
We do not suppress the truth. We are quite vocal about where we stand.
I believe in Jesus. I believe he is the son of God.
I believe he died and rose again. I believe he paid for us all. I believe he is the way to heaven, and there is no other way.
This is what I believe and if you don't like it that you that's not me. If you would like to know more than I'll tell you, but not given you my email address or my the only one that does not give out his email address to even anybody to the CIA could call Rick and we have your email. They don't call you okay anyway.
These quoting Psalm 118 and is applying it to them. He adds that part, the stone which you builders rejected is not vague about this. This is old school preaching. This cornerstone is a big part of their law comes up in Psalms and Isaiah and Daniel and Zechariah the New Testament, the chief cornerstone metaphor. Jesus used it in Matthew 1221 Paul used it twice no less than Peter uses it again in first Peter, how many times they use it is not recorded.
The cornerstone is Christ by just rejecting their chief cornerstone. They showed that they were unfit to hold their office because they couldn't even recognize their own Messiah, even though he checked all the boxes and nobody else could, or ever would.
They were so preoccupied with their lifestyle going the wrong way that they just could not see anything because they could not believe this was not magic. It was not the luck of the draw.
They could not believe because they did not want to believe and only five people like this today. They do not want Jesus to be Christ.
They do not want him to be true, so they're not going to submit the Bible give psychoanalysis of its characters and has no need for the world to contribute.
The Bible holds these people up. A solicited look at this guy and what you see in him you want to see that in you, you find someone else.
Okay, what can you do about it. If you find someone else avoid them may be preached to them. Verse 12.
Now this one of the great verses of the entire Bible of doctrinal verse to give verse by verse teaching you get not only doctrine you get context you get how it happened and Peter is going to be very careful to tell them Christ raised this man and he is the only one that can save your soul from hell, and that is Dr. and then we let other people, get all competent names you can pronounce.
I don't know why but anyway, nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. The only true God can truly save a soul Hosea.
This is in their Bibles. Just remember, you know all about New Testament comes from ancient copies of the original manuscripts we have no original manuscripts. Jesus quoted Scripture. He had no original manuscripts. They were copies and usually in the Greek Septuagint foresee being the author didn't need it but I my my point is truth can be preserved and this way and it is preserved. Your Scripture is challenging but trustworthy.
Hosea says this yet.
I am Yahweh your God. Ever since the land of Egypt, and you shall know no God but me, for there is no Savior besides me, so Christ is either Yahweh of the Old Testament or he's another Savior is not another Savior is the Yahweh of the Old Testament is God the son, this is Peter laying it out to them that Christ has fulfilled the criteria and the right to be understood as the Savior, and many hate today and through the centuries.
Hate the exclusive claims of Christ. Why does he get to be the only way because he is God. That's why Christians God take mixed martial arts you can pop people when they disagree with them that wouldn't be us. We have to love them well. Aren't you glad you are loved.
When Christ picked you out of the world and the way he did. I am someone loved me enough to share the gospel and not back down from it, even though I was winning the argument, the did not back down.
The world hates these exclusive claims.
The myth know they always mean Christianity is a myth.
Know your salvation is going to be a myth if you don't fix it.
All roads lead to heaven.
That's a myth. Think of the traffic jam. They don't its mythological God is set. There's one road. It's an absolute truth and Jesus warned of God's wrath for refusing him and this is the case state of the unbeliever John three verse 36 he who believes in the son has everlasting life, and he who does not believe in the son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on them the wrath of God. This is our message that also we have no good news. If there was no wrath, which is everything the same. There is well you better speed up you've got several verses to do for there is no other name in heaven. That's what I'm sorry mom fighting humor or attempts at it. There is no other name under heaven, and this slams the door shut on every other religion on earth if you think that Mary has something to do with your salvation you believe in something is not Christianity advocate what name you give it.
If you believe and I'll offer your way, you do not believe that you're not going to happen on those grounds. If you are Hindu and I don't know what you've lost track of the gods. They follow this offends people well do I have a right to be offended.
You believe stuff like that if you going to be offended that I disagree with you know I have her right to send you disagree with me whether the doesn't work that way.
By the time Christ came all the major religions of the world were already in place except Islam. Islam would come several hundred years later, but all the others. They were already there. Judaism was presented with its next phase. And of course they missed it.
Those who attend remained in Judaism they did. Paul did not miss it.
What he did at first. Can't wait to get to that. Who are you, Lord, what you want me to do that is that typifies the entire Christian walk learning who God is what he wants, how he does it.
Siding with him, asking him what my role is such an exciting book man-made religions and rituals and regulations, deeds they can become a great nuisance. Detours from true salvation. John 10 verse seven the name they hated was the only way to heaven.
Jesus said to them again.
Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep is pretty serious stuff.
Daisy was saying given among men by which we must be saved because we are sinners, we need to be saving ritual birthright good deeds won't do it and not enough. Verse 13. Now you can stay on verse 12 the whole series on verse 12 this one of those verses. Verse 13 now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John. They perceive that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled and they realized that they had been with Jesus has received the boldness of someone and boy he's bold. He must be dumb and untrained. What had control doesn't make any sense. Will the O'Connell men. They couldn't tell what anointing was. There were natural men actually carnal to but natural natural means they were untouched by the Holy Spirit unto salvation. They perceive that they were uneducated and untrained in other words, they judge them by their speech. Yes, and they also judging by what they were saying and how they were saying and they said these men have not been brought up in the schools of the rabbis, their formal rabbinical training was not there. That was there criteria. They lacked indoctrination into Pharisaism or asceticism. The rabbis Paul said I was a rabbi.
I was a Pharisee and I counted it all is rubbish. I had to get rid of all of it to learn Christ they didn't get away from his academic grammar mathematics that education he retained, but the indoctrination he rejected all of it.
Second Corinthians 10. We did not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves they measuring themselves by themselves or comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. With this goes on to this day. What seminary did you go to look.
I'm not against seminary.
If you think you can get pretty raised up by somebody in the church. You gotta outsourced your education, that's fine.
Just don't go holding it over my head will think that that is the criteria Jesus bypass these men he bypass their writings, their rituals and their lifestyle to their face and they never forgave him for these apostles uneducated, according to the standards same thing. The charge Christ with John seven and the Jews marveled, saying, how does this man know letters having never studied who said he never studied, never studied with you which is why he was humanly speaking, why he was, not corrupted like you I don't get people do this to this day, universities find somebody who is very successful in Christianity who hasn't gone to their schools. They give him honorary doctorates at the McLean Billy Graham. It will how many doctors that he ate a whole bunch of inner one of not by their standards. You go to submit is the season they just preach the gospel is a lie while we are to get him on our side and an end. In those days I guess you had to do it these days. I don't know I have such disdain for their purpose. In America you can get in the militia got a doctorate or masters you can't become a military chaplain without a Masters degree in divinity who made that rule, the master of divinity.
But why, why can a person be anointed at what is that what that while you have to be anointed as have to have this these credentials. That's what these guys are doing. You have that truth yet to be one of us. So these untrained men untrained with them. While I have a lot more about this. Gotta get rolling where about out of time. We might not make it to the end here will make it to heaven one day, so be encouraged. It's a very tempting thing to come to become a preacher from a pulpit and try to be eloquent. Try to learn more words at your vocabulary so you can speak over everybody's head except for one or two people he can impress them or he just knows so much she can articulate. Paul said this in my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God did a mock Paul didn't like the way he spoke his Greek and Paul said you not listening to what I'm saying you're busy judging how I'm saying.
If I had very very very poor English and I told you did you want $1 million. You know what I mean and you want to collect.
That's what ultimately counts the Vox and the verb well. Yes those words, you think they make up those words and they bake it into theology and you come across to me. Start studying the Vox in the verb, and you realize this is stupid how you just say what you do when you speak speak American well we are going to have to pick this up again at Woodland return to verse 13.
So we've reached 13 and will start again in verse 13 because we want to keep beating up on people think like that. There's a Far Side cartoon of these people stuck on an island and they're taking rocks to write help in the planes flying over but they didn't finish the P's of the P looks like F and the pilot so nevermind this is health see this just throw away what truth is in the scope with something else. I hope you don't hate me for it. But if you do a move you've been listening to cross reference radio daily radio ministry pastor Rick Gaston of Calvary Chapel in Mechanicsville, Virginia. As we mentioned at the beginning of today's broadcast. Today's teaching is available free of charge at our website.
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