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The apostles minister, then are imprisoned again | Acts 5:12-23

“And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord in Solomon’s porch. And of the rest durst no man join himself to them: but the people magnified them. And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women.) Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them. There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.

Then the high priest rose up, and all they that were with him, (which is the sect of the Sadducees,) and were filled with indignation, And laid their hands on the apostles, and put them in the common prison. But the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and brought them forth, and said, Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life. And when they heard that, they entered into the temple early in the morning, and taught. But the high priest came, and they that were with him, and called the council together, and all the senate of the children of Israel, and sent to the prison to have them brought. But when the officers came, and found them not in the prison, they returned, and told, Saying, The prison truly found we shut with all safety, and the keepers standing without before the doors: but when we had opened, we found no man within.”

Commentary: The healing ministry of Jesus had worked through the apostles, as they continued to do many signs and wonders that brought many new believers to the church. The different signs and wonders included healing the sick people and delivering unclean spirits from brethren.

Soon, the apostles encountered the high priest with a sect of the Sadducees, which looked at the apostles in disgust… and imprisoned them again. Then, the angel of the Lord appeared and released them from prison, and then commissioned them to go to the temple to stand and preach & teach. The officials came searching for the apostles, but could not find them in the prison.

In this, God showed His Faithfulness to the apostles, and that He could rescue them at any time. The major portion of development for the church was through the apostles, and without this development, God’s Will could not be done properly. God has shown us also that the beginning is the most important part of the work.

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