And it came to pass, on the next day, that their rulers, elders, and scribes, 6 as well as Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the family of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem. 7 And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, “By what power or by what name have you done this?” Acts 4:5-7 (NKJV)
“By what authority, in whose name have you done this?” (v. 7, Moffatt). This translation added a footnote to the word “you,” and says it actually is “men like you.” The Pharisees were showing snobbish contempt for outsiders who had no ordination or authority from them to speak the Word of God. Their attitude seemed to be, “If the grace of God is going to come to anybody, it will surely come from us. How could the grace of God come from ‘men like you’ and bypass official religious channels?” This kind of mentality is still with us across many denominations. Peter and John were being challenged as if they had nothing to add. They were just “men like you.” This snobbish Pharisaical attitude has been flung at men and women throughout history. These laymen, Peter, John, and the other apostles, came from outside the religious hierarchy of the day. With the living Word of God and with the anointing of the Holy Spirit, they preached the gospel with mighty miracles following. These “men like you” were on the outside of the religious mainstream, but they were on the inside of God’s purposes for the times. Revivals often come from the outside because official channels are closed. This Pharisaical attitude can never bind the power of the Holy Spirit. There are men today like Peter and John, who ready to minister, with the anointing of the Holy Spirit upon them, saying, “Such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ” (Acts 3:6, KJV).
Pastor George Belobaba
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