So in the present case, I tell you, keep away from these men and let them alone; because if this plan or undertaking is of human origin it will fail; but if it is of God you will not be able to over throw them– in that case you may even be found fighting against God. Acts 5:38-39
These words are spoken by Gamiliel, a respected religious teacher of Jesus’ time who was also Paul’s teacher. Gamiliel moves forward to speak, not in defense of the apostles, but say if temple authorities leave these believers alone they will either flourish or flounder. This temple group does not have eyes to see Christ within John and Peter for it is Christ’s Good News that flourishes.
The Living Presence of Victorious Christ within believer’s hearts and minds has already taken Holy hold. This is not a movement of people joining a just cause but it is people, one by one, giving themselves in humble surrender to Jesus Christ as their lives are joyously and gloriously locked into Him.
Jesus Christ’s victory was at Resurrection! His Victory frees you. Just as the Angel freed Peter and John from jail so we are freed by Christ from sin’s bonds holding us captive. The tempter has no power over you. You belong to Christ. Christ in your heart frees you to stand firm for Him, take action in His Name, and uphold His Love in this world as primary and foremost in all you say, do, and are.