1Peter and John were speaking to the people. The priests, the captain of the temple guard, and the Sadducees came up to the apostles.2They were very upset by what the apostles were teaching the people. The apostles were saying that because Jesus rose from the dead, people can be raised from the dead.3So the temple authorities arrested Peter and John. It was already evening, so they put them in prison until the next day.4But many who heard the message believed. The number of men who believed grew to about 5,000.5The next day the rulers, the elders and the teachers of the law met in Jerusalem.6Annas, the high priest, was there. So were Caiaphas, John, Alexander and others in the high priest's family.7They had Peter and John brought to them. They wanted to question them. “By what power did you do this?” they asked. “And through whose name?”8Peter was filled with the Holy Spirit. He said to them, “Rulers and elders of the people!9Are you asking us to explain our actions today? Do you want to know why we were kind to a disabled man? Are you asking how he was healed?10Then listen to this, you and all the people of Israel! You nailed Jesus Christ of Nazareth to the cross. But God raised him from the dead. It is through Jesus' name that this man stands healed in front of you.11Scripture says that Jesus is “ ‘the stone you builders did not accept. But it has become the most important stone of all.’ (Ps 118:22)12You can't be saved by believing in anyone else. God has given us no other name under heaven that will save us.”13The leaders saw how bold Peter and John were. They also realized that Peter and John were ordinary men with no training. This surprised the leaders. They realized that these men had been with Jesus.14The leaders could see the man who had been healed standing there with them. So there was nothing they could say.15They ordered Peter and John to leave the Sanhedrin. Then they talked things over.16“What can we do with these men?” they asked. “Everybody in Jerusalem knows they have done an outstanding miracle. We can't say it didn't happen.17We have to stop this thing. It must not spread any further among the people. We have to warn these men. They must never speak to anyone in Jesus' name again.”18Once again the leaders called in Peter and John. They commanded them not to speak or teach at all in Jesus' name.19But Peter and John replied, “Judge for yourselves. Which is right from God's point of view? Should we obey you? Or God?20There's nothing else we can do. We have to speak about the things we've seen and heard.”21The leaders warned them again. Then they let them go. They couldn't decide how to punish Peter and John. They knew that all the people were praising God for what had happened.22The man who had been healed by the miracle was over 40 years old.
The Believers Pray
23Peter and John were allowed to leave. They went back to their own people. They reported everything the chief priests and the elders had said to them.24When the believers heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God. “Lord and King,” they said, “you made the heavens, the earth and the sea. You made everything in them.25Long ago you spoke by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of our father David, who served you. You said, “ ‘Why are the nations angry? Why do the people make useless plans?26The kings of the earth take their stand against the Lord. The rulers of the earth gather together against his Anointed King.’ (Ps 2:1)27“In fact, Herod and Pontius Pilate met together in this city with those who weren't Jews. They also met with the people of Israel. All of them made plans against your holy servant Jesus. He is the one you anointed.28They did what your power and purpose had already decided should happen.29Now, Lord, consider the bad things they say they are going to do. Help us to be very bold when we speak your word.30Stretch out your hand to heal. Do miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”31After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit. They were bold when they spoke God's word.
The Believers Share What They Own
32All the believers were agreed in heart and mind. They didn't claim that anything they had was their own. They shared everything they owned.33With great power the apostles continued their teaching. They gave witness that the Lord Jesus had risen from the dead. And they were greatly blessed by God.34There were no needy persons among them. From time to time, those who owned land or houses sold them. They brought the money from the sales.35They put it down at the apostles’ feet. It was then given out to anyone who needed it.36Joseph was a Levite from Cyprus. The apostles called him Barnabas. The name Barnabas means Son of Help.37Barnabas sold a field he owned. He brought the money from the sale. He put it down at the apostles’ feet.
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Peter and John Before the Council
1And as they were speaking to the people, the priests and the captain of the temple and the Sadducees came upon them, (1Ch 9:11; Ne 11:11; Mt 22:23; Lu 22:4; Lu 22:52; Ac 5:24; Ac 5:26)2greatly annoyed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. (Ac 3:15; Ac 17:18)3And they arrested them and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening. (Lu 21:12)4But many of those who had heard the word believed, and the number of the men came to about five thousand. (Ac 2:41)5On the next day their rulers and elders and scribes gathered together in Jerusalem,6with Annas the high priest and Caiaphas and John and Alexander, and all who were of the high-priestly family. (Mt 26:3; Lu 3:2; Joh 18:13; Joh 18:24)7And when they had set them in the midst, they inquired, “By what power or by what name did you do this?” (Mt 21:23; Ac 4:10)8Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders, (Mt 10:20)9if we are being examined today concerning a good deed done to a crippled man, by what means this man has been healed, (Ac 3:7)10let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by him this man is standing before you well. (Ac 2:24; Ac 3:6)11This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. (Ps 118:22; Mr 9:12; Lu 23:11)12And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Lu 24:47; Joh 4:22; Joh 20:31; Ac 10:43; Ac 13:26; Ac 28:28; Ga 1:7; 1Ti 2:5; Heb 2:3; Jud 1:3)13Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus. (Joh 7:15)14But seeing the man who was healed standing beside them, they had nothing to say in opposition. (Lu 21:15; Ac 3:11)15But when they had commanded them to leave the council, they conferred with one another,16saying, “What shall we do with these men? For that a notable sign has been performed through them is evident to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it. (Joh 11:47; Joh 12:19; Ac 3:9; Ac 4:21)17But in order that it may spread no further among the people, let us warn them to speak no more to anyone in this name.” (Ac 5:28; Ac 5:40)18So they called them and charged them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus.19But 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, (Ac 5:29)20for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.” (Am 3:8; Joh 15:27; Ac 22:15; 1Co 9:16; 1Jo 1:1; 1Jo 1:3)21And when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding no way to punish them, because of the people, for all were praising God for what had happened. (Mt 21:26; Mt 21:46; Mr 11:32; Lu 20:6; Lu 20:19; Lu 22:2; Ac 3:7; Ac 5:13; Ac 5:26)22For the man on whom this sign of healing was performed was more than forty years old.
32Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. (2Ch 30:12; Eze 11:19; Ac 2:44; Php 1:27)33And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. (Ac 1:8; Ac 1:22; Ac 11:23)34There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold (Ac 2:45; 2Co 8:14)35and laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. (Ac 4:37; Ac 5:2; Ac 6:1)36Thus Joseph, who was also called by the apostles Barnabas (which means son of encouragement), a Levite, a native of Cyprus, (Mr 3:17)37sold a field that belonged to him and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet. (Ac 4:35)