(3)Of Christ's disciples (John 17:14). It was Christ who said, "Remember Lot's wife." (3)A living Christianity would be a check.II. Ask yourself, Has the tide risen in my time and carried in many on its wave, and am I left behind? 14). 2. (2)When the image of God is visibly on the character of man, reverence is thereby extorted from the wicked. )Authority and faithDean Travers Smith.This beautiful picture of the apostles ruling the infant Christian community and bearing a never-ceasing testimony to their Risen Lord, displays to us the great principles on which the Christian Church is founded. We find here the principle of authority and the existence of office in the Church — office and authority cheerfully recognised and submitted to. 14). (2)This is encouraged by a low general standard among believers. There was nothing in this exceeding reverence with which the apostolic office was viewed inconsistent with the personal belief of every Christian in the Saviour as his Saviour, and in the gift of the Holy Spirit as given directly to him. The Gospels How different would the Church of the present day be from that of those primitive times if there were now, as some suppose, an inconsistency between authority and faith, and a man must needs believe the less in Christ his Saviour the more he believes in the Church of Christ as a Divinely ordered system of authority and government I Rightly regarded by those who use it, and by those for whose benefit it is used, there is no earthly means which ought to help men so much to faith in the Lord as the Christian Church, set before men's eyes, witnessing to His story by its very existence, which began with the apostles, whom He chose and educated through all their weakness to carry on His work on earth when He had entered heaven, to help them from thence by His unfailing grace, end to fit them for an office and a work which, without Him, they could never have fulfilled. The blind eye might be opened, and the natural light poured in upon its before insensible organs; but in a little while it must be closed again in death: and the soul might be consigned to the blackness of darkness for ever. Hence, a spiritual Church will not be joined by worldly men.III. Ananias and Sapphira had been added to the Church, but not to the Lord. We have then three things for consideration. Human nature has a wonderful power in counterfeiting religion — assisted by the devil.3. 2. The visible Church increases in numbers but decays in piety. The signs and wonders being done by the apostles - Ac 5:12-13 b. Major Prophets It is by feigning Christianity that ungodly men enter the communion of the Church.2. How different would the Church of the present day be from that of those primitive times if there were now, as some suppose, an inconsistency between authority and faith, and a man must needs believe the less in Christ his Saviour the more he believes in the Church of Christ as a Divinely ordered system of authority and government I Rightly regarded by those who use it, and by those for whose benefit it is used, there is no earthly means which ought to help men so much to faith in the Lord as the Christian Church, set before men's eyes, witnessing to His story by its very existence, which began with the apostles, whom He chose and educated through all their weakness to carry on His work on earth when He had entered heaven, to help them from thence by His unfailing grace, end to fit them for an office and a work which, without Him, they could never have fulfilled. (3)A living Christianity would be a check.II. Acts 4:5-12 EXEGESIS: THE CONTEXT: The context for this passage starts with Acts 3:1-10, where Peter and John went to the temple at the hour of prayer. A languid body will not cast off disease.IV. It does so by awakening a feeling of hatred —, (1)Of God (Romans 1:30). This matter rests with the members of the Church. But the more spiritual that religion in, the less easily is it counterfeited — detection is more likely.4. Acts 1:14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren. THAT BEING IN A SPIRITUAL STATE, THE CHURCH POSSESSED MUCH OF THE SPIRIT OF JUDGMENT1. It is by feigning Christianity that ungodly men enter the communion of the Church.2. The world applies a test as well as the Church — sometimes a severer and more searching one.2. 14). Johannine Writings We find here the principle of authority and the existence of office in the Church — office and authority cheerfully recognised and submitted to. 1-11).3. (1)The grounds of each judgment will be more ample (Matthew 18:15-18). It does so by producing feelings of fear and reverence. Multitudes were added. THAT BEING IN A SPIRITUAL STATE, THE CHURCH POSSESSED MUCH OF THE SPIRIT OF JUDGMENT1. It does so by producing feelings of fear and reverence. The Old Testament (1)The grounds of each judgment will be more ample (Matthew 18:15-18). Incorruptible sincerity and high spiritual purity will always command the honour and respect of the unsophisticated multitudes. THAT PERSECUTION WAS A TEST OF DISCIPLESHIP.1. And the self-denial being generally greater, is not likely to be practised.5. The statement of the text is connected with its exercise (vers. How different would the Church of the present day be from that of those primitive times if there were now, as some suppose, an inconsistency between authority and faith, and a man must needs believe the less in Christ his Saviour the more he believes in the Church of Christ as a Divinely ordered system of authority and government I Rightly regarded by those who use it, and by those for whose benefit it is used, there is no earthly means which ought to help men so much to faith in the Lord as the Christian Church, set before men's eyes, witnessing to His story by its very existence, which began with the apostles, whom He chose and educated through all their weakness to carry on His work on earth when He had entered heaven, to help them from thence by His unfailing grace, end to fit them for an office and a work which, without Him, they could never have fulfilled. I believe that a point of contact is often necessary to activate some people's faith. (4)This feeling is not inconsistent with persecution. 14). This matter rests with the members of the Church. (3)In like manner, when God is in the visible Church — when He makes it His pavilion, the world regards it with a constrained reverence (Psalm 14:5). (2)The rule of judgment will be more Scriptural. The real prosperity of the Church, then, consists in two things — in its being enlarged, and in its being edified; in multitudes being added to the community, and believers added to the Lord. Hence, a spiritual Church will not be joined by worldly men.III. (2)This is encouraged by a low general standard among believers. )LinksActs 5:12 NIVActs 5:12 NLTActs 5:12 ESVActs 5:12 NASBActs 5:12 KJVActs 5:12 Bible AppsActs 5:12 ParallelActs 5:12 Biblia ParalelaActs 5:12 Chinese BibleActs 5:12 French BibleActs 5:12 German BibleActs 5:12 CommentariesBible Hub, (2)When the image of God is visibly on the character of man, reverence is thereby extorted from the wicked. )Authority and faithDean Travers Smith.This beautiful picture of the apostles ruling the infant Christian community and bearing a never-ceasing testimony to their Risen Lord, displays to us the great principles on which the Christian Church is founded. Their office was of Divine appointment. A languid body will not cast off disease.IV. It is by feigning Christianity that ungodly men enter the communion of the Church.2. The world applies a test as well as the Church — sometimes a severer and more searching one.2. (2)The rule of judgment will be more Scriptural. (3)The application more enlightened. A church whose discipline is so severely pure, which will not tolerate untruthfulness, dishonesty, or selfishness, is sure to keep aloof the carnal, mercenary, and false. There was nothing in this exceeding reverence with which the apostolic office was viewed inconsistent with the personal belief of every Christian in the Saviour as his Saviour, and in the gift of the Holy Spirit as given directly to him. The works were miraculous and material, but they may be regarded as specimens and symbols of those spiritual works which the true Church is constantly performing for the benefit of mankind. This matter rests with the members of the Church. General Epistles (2)The rule of judgment will be more Scriptural. Luke-Acts Acts 5:12-16. This spirit is still needed — should be asked.4. False souls are scared by the presence of a true man. THEY ARE VEHICLES OF DIVINE POWER. 3, The Church is not diminished (ver. (1)The grounds of each judgment will be more ample (Matthew 18:15-18). Luke-Acts And they were all together in Solomon’s Portico. THAT PERSECUTION WAS A TEST OF DISCIPLESHIP.1. Their office was of Divine appointment. When the Church is spiritual, the possession of this Spirit of judgment will be moreapparent. )Authority and faithDean Travers Smith.This beautiful picture of the apostles ruling the infant Christian community and bearing a never-ceasing testimony to their Risen Lord, displays to us the great principles on which the Christian Church is founded. The inference is that when the shadow of Peter fell on them, they were healed. The Spirit is promised to the Church as "a spirit of judgment" (Isaiah 28:6).2. (Dean Travers Smith. d. James said to call for the elders of the church to lay hands on them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 3, The Church is not diminished (ver. "THE BOOK OF ACTS" The Miracles Of The Apostles (5:12-16) INTRODUCTION 1. How different would the Church of the present day be from that of those primitive times if there were now, as some suppose, an inconsistency between authority and faith, and a man must needs believe the less in Christ his Saviour the more he believes in the Church of Christ as a Divinely ordered system of authority and government I Rightly regarded by those who use it, and by those for whose benefit it is used, there is no earthly means which ought to help men so much to faith in the Lord as the Christian Church, set before men's eyes, witnessing to His story by its very existence, which began with the apostles, whom He chose and educated through all their weakness to carry on His work on earth when He had entered heaven, to help them from thence by His unfailing grace, end to fit them for an office and a work which, without Him, they could never have fulfilled. (1)The grounds of each judgment will be more ample (Matthew 18:15-18). 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