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Scripture Reading: Acts 5:12-16
You Cannot Overthrow What is of God
1. The gospel continued to spread throughout Jerusalem and many were saved (4:4).
But, the opponents of Christ and truth never sleep. Opposition to truth and
godliness came from within and without -- as it still does today, cf.
Jno. 7; Jude 4).
3. Acts 5: The gospel spread in spite of internal and external problems. (Why and how)
I. UNITY OF FAITH AND ACTION, Acts 4:32-37.
A. Traits of the Jerusalem Church:
1. Faith and unity, 4:32 (Jno. 17:21).
2. Commonality of purpose and values, 4:32 (love).
3. God’s power and grace, 4:33.
4. Sacrificial giving met ongoing needs, 4:34-37.
II. INTERNAL PROBLEM: SIN IN THE CHURCH,
A. It is a Problem Whenever Christians Sin, Rom. 6:1-2, 11-14.
1. Sin is not to reign over us any longer; that is our choice!
2. Different types of sins: Ignorance, willful, out of weakness, occasional, ongoing.
3. All sin, not repented of, brings spiritual death, Acts 8:20-22; 1 Jno. 2:1-2.
B. We Cannot Hide our Sin from God, Acts 5:1-9.
1. God sees and punishes sin (5:2: Pride, deception, greed).
2. We must confess and repent, not cover up sin, Psa. 32:1-5.
C. Christians can Lose their Souls due to Sin, 2 Pet. 2:20.
1. Ananias and Sapphira were Christians who were liars.
2. But, all liars are eternally lost, Rev. 21:8.
3. Therefore, Christians who lie and do not repent will be lost.
D. The Church Benefits when God’s Discipline is Applied, 5:11-14.
1. Sinner benefits because it is an effort to save him,
2. Reverence for God and truth is taught, 5:5, 11; 1 Tim. 5:19-20.
3. The dangerous influence of sin is removed, 5:13; 1 Cor. 5:6-7.
4. Good soil for godly growth is preserved, Acts 5:14-16 (Lk. 8:15).
III. EXTERNAL PROBLEM: OPPOSITION AND PERSECUTION,
A. Rest Assured, Opposition to Truth will Happen.
1. Evil, ungodly men will be jealous of the truth and those who follow it,
2. Apostles kept preaching when threatened, 4:18, 20-21, 31, 33.
3. Envy and contentious rivalry drives persecution, Matt. 27:18.
B. We must Obey God rather than Men, Acts 5:19-32.
1. When men impose laws that violate divine truth the Christian is not obligated to obey them; we must first obey God.
2. Render unto Caesar, but not if it dishonors God, Matt. 22:21.
not mean a Christian is forbidden from using legal, ethical and moral means afforded by the
government to protect himself from harm,
C. Remain Faithful and You will be Blessed (Rev. 2:10).
1. Freed from prison and taken without violence, 5:19-20, 25-26.
2. They were beaten–how was this a blessing? 5:40-41; 2 Cor. 4:16-18.
3. Kept on rejoicing and preaching, 5:42 (Matt. 5:10-12).
IV. DON’T FIGHT AGAINST GOD,
A. People will not Defeat the Purposes of God, Acts 4:24-28; Isa. 55:11.
1. Your objection to the gospel will not change the gospel.
2. Futile to fight against God in your life, 5:39 (Acts 26:14).
B. The Gospel of Christ is “of God” – Obey it Now, Acts 5:39.
1. Just as Gamaliel said: The gospel continued, undefeated by the threats and fighting of man, 5:41-42.
2. Your persistent refusal to obey the gospel will not change what God expects of you – or what He will judge you by, Jno. 12:48.
3. Yield your stubborn will to God.
1. The choice is yours: Do you want to be on the winning or the losing side in the struggle between good and evil?
2. You cannot overthrow God; Obey His gospel now.
By: Joe R. Price
Posted: June 4, 2013