After healing a man lame from birth in Acts 3-4, Peter and John are arrested by Jewish priests and Sadducees, challenged as to what authority guided this action and their teachings, and forbade them to preach Jesus any longer. Yet, these officials were amazed at their boldness and confidence, due to the transforming power of the Holy Spirit within them. Does “and they began to recognize them as having been with Jesus” mean that they recognized their same inexplicable power, confidence, and quiet authority in the teachings and manner of their Master? Under the threats of the religious leaders (who had just seen to the crucifixion of Jesus), they did not pray for their own safety, but for boldness in continued preaching of God’s word.
Lord, give me, too, this same boldness and confidence!