Word for the World devotionals from Dr. Randy White

No Replacement
Dr. Randy White

“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.” (Acts 4:13: NASB95)

Peter and John had a confidence that most of us long for.  They were bold in their faith and practice.  Probably one of the great deficiencies of modern faith is “spirit of timidity” rather than of boldness.  Too often we shy away from Christian confrontation (not an oxymoron!) when we should, in the power of the Spirit, publicly stand firm in our beliefs and values.

The local society around Peter and John could not figure out the source of their confidence.  The Greek words give special meaning to what the locals really thought of these two bold men.  First, they were said to be uneducated.  The Greek word is “agrammatos”, which is literally “without grammar”.  Peter and John were uneducated fishermen who would, using our terminology, “slaughter the King’s English.”  Second, these men were untrained.  This is a word that looks better in English than Greek, for the Greek word is“idiotes”.  I think you can figure out what English word grew out of the original Greek!  In essence, the community considered Peter and John to be illiterate idiots! 

But there was one other thing the community saw in Peter and John—they had been with Jesus!  This was a testimony to the belief in the risen Lord.  Everyone knew they had been with Jesus before the crucifixion, but the change in demeanor was proof to the community that they had been with Jesus after the crucifixion, giving tangible proof of His resurrection.

Better to have the presence of the risen Lord in your life than the best education this world can offer!  There is no replacement for having been with Jesus.

In His Grace,
Dr. Randy White

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