A C T S.
In going over the last two chapters, where we met
with so many good things that the apostles did, I wondered what was
become of the scribes and Pharisees, and chief priests, that they
did not appear to contradict and oppose them, as they had used to
treat Christ himself; surely they were so confounded at first with
the pouring out of the Spirit that they were for a time struck
dumb! But I find we have not lost them; their forces rally again,
and here we have an encounter between them and the apostles; for
from the beginning the gospel met with opposition. Here, I. Peter
and John are taken up, upon a warrant from the priests, and
committed to jail, ver.
1-4. II. They are examined by a committee of the great
sanhedrim, ver. 5-7. III.
They bravely avow what they have done, and preach Christ to their
persecutors, ver. 8-12.
IV. Their persecutors, being unable to answer them, enjoin them
silence, threatening them if they go on to preach the gospel, and
so dismiss them, ver.
13-22. V. They apply to God by prayer, for the further
operations of that grace which they had already experienced,
ver. 23-30. VI. God owns
them, both outwardly and inwardly, by manifest tokens of his
presence with them, ver.
31-33. VII. The believers had their hearts knit together
in holy love, and enlarged their charity to the poor, and the
church flourished more than ever, to the glory of Christ, ver. 33-37.