Making our enemies responsible for rejecting God

Acts 4:9-10 If we this day are judged for a good deed done to a helpless man, by what means he has been made well, (10) let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole._

Peter and John confronted the leaders. … Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, …

They had done the same in Acts chapter two.  There it was an audience of Jews from different nations.  Acts 2:22-23 “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know— (23) Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death; 

They reiterated that the entire house of Israel was responsible to have crucified Jesus, whom God has made Lord and Christ.  Acts 2:36 “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.”

In Acts chapter three, they categorically held this crowd of Jews, responsible for the killing of the Prince of life. Acts 3:13-15 The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified His Servant Jesus, whom you delivered up and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let Him go. (14) But you denied the Holy One and the Just, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, (15) and killed the Prince of life, whom God raised from the dead, of which we are witnesses.

In Acts chapter five, the apostles were once again before the leaders and they laid it on them that they were the ones who had murdered Jesus, whom God of the fathers had raised from the dead. Acts 5:30 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus whom you murdered by hanging on a tree.

As the disciples prayed, they considered all of humanity responsible to be against Jesus Christ. Acts 4:26-28 THE KINGS OF THE EARTH TOOK THEIR STAND, AND THE RULERS WERE GATHERED TOGETHER AGAINST THE LORD AND AGAINST HIS CHRIST.’ (27) “For truly against Your holy Servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, were gathered together (28) to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose determined before to be done.

It is the world that is guilty of rejecting God and this must be laid at their feet.  It is about convicting the world of sin. This is the work of His Holy Spirit.

John 3:16-20 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (17) For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. (18) “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (19) And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. (20) For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.

God has provided the solution for man to be saved from the everlasting fire.  The light has come into the world, which is Jesus, but man loves to remain in darkness because his ways are against God.  This is the message that we must take into the enemy camp.

We must place the mirror before the world, of their evil.  Romans 1:28-32 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; (29) being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, (30) backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, (31) undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; (32) who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.

It is when we take the fight into the enemy camp that the devil will flee.  Right now, our response to the persecution has been apologetic and rueful. We are trying to assert our rights to have the freedom to present Christ but we have not come to the place of holding our audience accountable for rejecting God.    

We must show our audience that there will be indignation and wrath on every soul that does evil.  Romans 2:8-11 but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness—indignation and wrath, (9) tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek; (10) but glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. (11) For there is no partiality with God.

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