The Apostles as Witnesses
A Sermon on Acts 4:19-20
But Peter and John answered them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge, for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.” (ESV)
Christianity is built upon the authority of Jesus Christ and his Word. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones shows us how this is seen in the teaching and preaching of the apostles in the early church. When Peter and John stand before the Jewish leaders in Acts 4, they taught and performed miracles all in the name of Christ Jesus. They do not rely on the teaching and authority of great Rabbis and wise philosophers, but they proclaim the Christ and him crucified as is revealed to them in God’s word. The church in the days of the apostles, and the church in all days has no other message then what Christ has given them. It is by his revelation that we know him. It is by the words of the Bible that we know who Christ is and what he has done for us. We do not need to come up with a new message, for it had already been given to us in Christ and his Word. The church of today should stand upon the inspired Word of God, and this Word is inerrant and true. It is not the product of human ingenuity and knowledge, but it is the Word of God breathed out through his Spirit. This is the sure and steady foundation of the God’s church.