The apostles minister, then are imprisoned again | Acts 5:12-23

“And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord in Solomon’s porch. And of the rest durst no man join himself to them: but the people magnified them. And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women.) Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them. There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.

Then the high priest rose up, and all they that were with him, (which is the sect of the Sadducees,) and were filled with indignation, And laid their hands on the apostles, and put them in the common prison. But the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and brought them forth, and said, Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life. And when they heard that, they entered into the temple early in the morning, and taught. But the high priest came, and they that were with him, and called the council together, and all the senate of the children of Israel, and sent to the prison to have them brought. But when the officers came, and found them not in the prison, they returned, and told, Saying, The prison truly found we shut with all safety, and the keepers standing without before the doors: but when we had opened, we found no man within.”

Commentary: The healing ministry of Jesus had worked through the apostles, as they continued to do many signs and wonders that brought many new believers to the church. The different signs and wonders included healing the sick people and delivering unclean spirits from brethren.

Soon, the apostles encountered the high priest with a sect of the Sadducees, which looked at the apostles in disgust… and imprisoned them again. Then, the angel of the Lord appeared and released them from prison, and then commissioned them to go to the temple to stand and preach & teach. The officials came searching for the apostles, but could not find them in the prison.

In this, God showed His Faithfulness to the apostles, and that He could rescue them at any time. The major portion of development for the church was through the apostles, and without this development, God’s Will could not be done properly. God has shown us also that the beginning is the most important part of the work.

Preaching the Word | 2 Timothy 4:2-5

“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.”

Commentary: Paul instructs Timothy in this letter, which could help those who aspire to teach their fellow brethren, to preach the Word, as in to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They are urged to preach at any time and any place when necessary. If at a moment’s notice you need to preach, you must stand and do it boldly as the Lord summons you, and with all endurance to do it well enough.

We are in times when sound doctrine is not easily tolerated, which means that people do not want to hear the hard truth the Gospel contains; rather, they want to live according to their own lusts and will only listen to people who cater to their inner desires. The truth about our Lord that breathes fire into the pit of our soul is what we must earnestly yearn for – what we most need in this turbulent world. Show the Lord how well you can preach the Gospel by your humility, and endure through it because it is surely rewarding.

Be wary of heretical and false doctrine, especially in our contemporary age where progressive, liberal, and new age agendas are being pushed as the Will of God, and that God is being used as a device to spread the progressive agenda to the nations. Some of them are able to preach about Jesus Christ for their own gain; however, they are potentially unsaved. Be watchful, and do not be easily deceived or partake gullible doctrine.

4:2 gives the following instructions, which are defined as follows:

  • Reprove: To charge someone with a fault, or criticize them for something wrong or incorrect they have said, believed, or done. Reprove has more to do with errors and heresies.
  • Rebuke: Similar in meaning to reprove, but can also mean to check, restrain, or discipline as in correcting someone. For example, if someone has done something incorrect, you can reprove them by criticism, and rebuke them by correcting them with the correct fact/opinion. Rebuke is more associated with helping someone understand their sin or what they are doing is incorrect.
  • Exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine: To encourage, advise, or warn someone, and to do it with endurance or patience (not quitting easily), and with doctrine (as in, what you are stating is to teach them what is true based on what the Bible says and nothing heretical or false about it). Christians should exhort each other in love, to do good works, to hold fast to our faith, to persevere in faith and holiness, or comforting them as a minister of the Gospel of Christ. Preaching peace, pardoning, righteousness, and Salvation by Jesus Christ is assuredly a good thing when you detect someone needs to be exhorted.