“They… commanded them not to speak… in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John replied, ‘Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God’s sight to obey you rather than God. For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.’”Acts 4:19-20
Peter and John were in a predicament. They’d been thrown in jail for proclaiming the name of Jesus in teaching and in healing. It was a momentous time for them, and God was already on the scene and at the ready!
After witnessing a complete healing (vv. 8-10), the rulers and leaders of the Sanhedrin—seeing the once-crippled beggar now whole and healed— told Peter and John never to speak or teach in the name of Jesus again. That didn’t sit well with these disciples.
Peter and John were experiencing the power and working of the Holy Spirit, so they absolutely could not and would not keep quiet. How could they? Mere men could never thwart what God had done. So Peter and John were confident. They were two laymen with no formal education or training in Scripture, but they were companions of Jesus.
That’s why I can’t keep quiet either! I’ve seen the working of the Holy Spirit personally in my life. I live before an audience of One. What can mere mortals do to any of us? Testify to His name and power until you see Him face to face.
If you are a companion of Jesus, spend time with Him every day. He is all you will ever need.