The apostles had to operate in great boldness as they faced powerful forces of intimidation.
Intimidation from the Sanhedrin.
Acts 4:5-6 NKJV
“And it came to pass, on the next day, that their rulers, elders, and scribes, 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.”
These religious leaders formed the highest religious court of the land, with power to impose even the death penalty.
Peter and John were arrested and put before this court.
The religious leaders expected the apostles to be intimidated but they rather declared boldly the lordship of Christ.
Acts 4:12 NKJV
“Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
They were amazed at their boldness.
Acts 4:13 NKJV
“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.”
They realised that these men had been closely associated with Jesus. They had the same fearless attitude that Jesus had, during His own trial.
John 19:8-9 NKJV
“Therefore, when Pilate heard that saying, he was the more afraid, and went again into the Praetorium, and said to Jesus, “Where are You from?” But Jesus gave him no answer.”
Pilate was also amazed at Jesus’s fearlessness.
John 19:10 NKJV
“Then Pilate said to Him, “Are You not speaking to me? Do You not know that I have power to crucify You, and power to release You?”
Pilate was bragging about his power, but Christ corrected him.
John 19:11 NKJV
“Jesus answered, “You could have no power at all against Me unless it had been given you from above. Therefore the one who delivered Me to you has the greater sin.”
The apostles also believed their fate was in God’s hands. No man had the final say in their lives.
May you be filled with boldness by the Holy Ghost. May no human or devilish power have any power over you, in Jesus’s name.