“When they saw the boldness of Peter and John and perceived that they were illiterate and uneducated men, they marveled. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.” Acts 4:13

Peter and John were fishermen by profession and had been hand-picked by Jesus to follow Him.  They had been with Jesus for three years and now Jesus had ascended to heaven.  The Holy Spirit had come upon the disciples on the day of Pentecost, and they were clothed with power from on high.  Peter had preached to the people on the day of Pentecost in the power of the Holy Spirit and people had been saved.  A lame man had been healed by Peter and John and there was unrest in Jerusalem among the religious leaders.  What was going on?

 The religious leaders asked Peter and John by what power or by what name they had healed the lame man.  Peter replied that it was through the name of Jesus Christ that the man was healed.  Peter also took the opportunity to say that it is only through Jesus that we can be saved.

 Those who were gathered saw that Peter and John were bold.  They were not arrogant or proud, but bold.  Peter had previously denied Jesus three times, he was not bold then.  But now he was restored, filled with the Holy Spirit and was bold, and he did not let the old failures hold him back.  But the people perceived something more.  Somehow it was noticed that Peter and John were illiterate and uneducated.  It was noticeable in some way.  It is not wrong to be learned and educated, but it is certainly not a requirement to be able to follow Jesus.

 It also says that they recognized Peter and John, that they had been with Jesus.  But what the religious leaders did not understand was that the disciples were also with Jesus there and then, right before their eyes.  Through the Holy Spirit, Jesus lives in every believer.  And together with Jesus we become bold and full of power.  Jesus in our hearts, He is the treasure and the one who makes the difference.  It can make people even today, to marvel, when they notice that you who believe, are not like everyone else.  You are and will be different in a positive way, because Jesus lives in your heart, no matter how illiterate or uneducated you are.

 God bless you.

 / David Billström