Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers and elders of the people, if we are on trial today for a benefit done to a sick man, as to how this man has been made well, let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by this name this man stands here before you in good health. “He is the stone which was rejected by you, the builders, but which became the chief corner stone. “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.” Now as they observed the confidence of Peter and John and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed, and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus. And seeing the man who had been healed standing with them, they had nothing to say in reply.
At the beginning of Acts, Jesus said that the disciples would receive power when the Holy Spirit came upon them. That is exactly what happened. In chapter 2, Peter preached in the power of the Spirit of Christ, and people moved from death to life. In chapter three, under the power of the Spirit, Peter caused a man to walk again. Here in verse 8, Luke wrote that Peter was “filled with the Holy Spirit,” which gave him the courage to speak honestly before his interrogators.
To be filled with the Spirit means to submit to His control and power. No matter how “ordinary” we feel, the Holy Spirit works through us in extraordinary ways. To find power in Christ means to trust His Spirit and what He is doing in our lives. This approach worked because the religious leaders were shocked that an “untrained” man could speak with such boldness and clarity. This led them to see that they had been with Jesus. Relying on the power of Christ means that when we do extraordinary things, Christ gets the credit. The whole point of the Christian life is to bring glory and honor to Jesus; this only happens when His power is made perfect through our weakness.
- In which area of your life do you need to trust in Christ’s power instead of your own this week?
- What keeps you from trusting in Jesus’ power?
- Ask God to fill you with His Spirit to do His work.