A Sermon on Acts 5:29-32
But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised Jesus, whom you killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.” (ESV)
The Christianity proclaimed in the book of Acts 5:29-32 by the apostles, is as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones describes, a Christianity that is grounded in real events. There was a man from Galilee who taught that he was the Son of God and the long-awaited Messiah. He said that He would be crucified for the sins of the world, but that on the third day He would rise from the dead, the result of doing the Father's will! This is the Christianity that apostles boldly proclaimed to the Jewish leaders following the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Those who seek to defend the truth of the Christian religion by minimizing or even denying the historicity of its claim, do so in complete opposition to the example that the apostles give us in the book of Acts. For they believed in a true historical Jesus Christ and His bodily resurrection. Because to deny these historical truths is to reject the Christianity of the apostles, and therefore the true Christianity. The Church of today should find hope that we have a real savior who really lived and died so that sinners could be saved and become sons of God. For the real life and death of Jesus stand at the heart of the Gospel.