Theme: THE POWER OF KNOWLEDGE
Text: “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus”. – Acts 4:13.
Comment: The religious leaders of the Jews made the observation in the foregoing text due to their amazement at the confidence, depth of knowledge and fluency with which Peter, John and the other apostles marshalled the Scriptures in defending themselves under the power of the Holy Spirit. How these ordinary men who did not have the benefit of literary education evinced such abundance of spiritual knowledge that confounded even those who were supposed to be the custodians of the law could only be explained by the fact that “they had been with Jesus”. Apostle Paul says “For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are”. – 1 Corinthians 1:26-28.
Diligent Bible students of the “Jonadab Class” and who study hard are also a marvel to people of goodwill by virtue of the knowledge they display. Christians who have knowledge are required to spread the truth to others with such boldness and clarity as to convince gainsayers and enlighten those who had been in darkness. – 1 John 4:17; Revelation 22:17; etc.