“Yet, in spite of the threats, they never ceased for a single day, both in the temple area and at home, to teach and to proclaim the good news, the Gospel of Jesus, as the Christ, the Messiah.” Acts 5:42 Amplified
So we see here in the book of Acts that the first believers were warned by their rulers to stop speaking and preaching about Jesus, even to the point of being physically punished, yet they still did it. Christians of our day may have a hard time with doing that, and we may yet face that test.
Peter and the apostles had been put in prison, flogged and verbally warned by the Jewish leaders to stop what they were doing. The leaders had even come to the point where they were considering killing these men. Our verse today tells us, though, that in spite of being threatened and told not to do it, they continued speaking more and more.
How does this verse speak to us today?
Many in the Christian community today are being intimidated by the current culture. There is no question that our country has turned from the principles it was based on and the moral code of God. Yet some have tried to accept immorality because it’s more loving to accept people then to tell them they’re in sin. I agree, we should love the sinner and hate the sin, that’s what I would want, but we still have to tell them it’s sin and not accept it as moral behavior.
For me our verse today says that no matter what any man or government tells me I will continue to speak the Word of God and take a stand for Him. Peter said in Acts 5:29, “We must obey God rather than men.”