by Benjamin Munsell on May 5, 2019
And as (Peter and John) spake unto the people, the priests, and the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees, came upon them, Being grieved that they taught the people, and preached through Jesus the resurrection from the dead. And they laid hands on them, and put them in (jail) unto the next day: for it was now eventide. Howbeit many of them which heard the word believed; and the number of the men was about five thousand. And it came to pass on the morrow, that their rulers, and elders, and scribes, And Annas the high priest, and Caiaphas, and John, and Alexander, AND AS MANY AS WERE of the KINDRED OF THE HIGH PRIEST, were gathered together at Jerusalem. And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, By what power, or by what name, have ye done this? (Peter and John answered), Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that BY THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him DOTH THIS MAN STAND here before you WHOLE. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. NEITHER IS THERE SALVATION IN ANY OTHER: for there is NONE OTHER NAME under heaven given among men, WHEREBY WE MUST BE SAVED. 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. And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. FOR WE CANNOT BUT SPEAK THE THINGS WHICH WE HAVE SEEN AND HEARD. Acts 4:1-7,10-13,18-20. The Lord used the "hook" of healing the lame man to bring all the government AND church officials together TO HEAR CHRIST PREACHED TO THEM. It doesn't matter if it's "shadow government" or "illegally in office" officials, PREACH CHRIST TO ALL, and, Be Blessed.