As they listened to the two men who were on trial, the members of the council were amazed. It was fairly obvious from the way they talked that they weren’t professionals but there was something about the way that they were speaking that was so powerful!
‘The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures. They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus’. Acts 4.13
I don’t think this verse is saying that there is anything wrong with being trained in scripture, rather I think it is emphasizing that the most important thing is to be with Jesus.
The same Bible passage reminds us that Peter was full of the Holy Spirit when he spoke.
When we follow Jesus, often we feel inadequate like we haven’t got the right words and answers and we need to realize that this is okay. Peter and John hadn’t been trained and prepared to be put on trial for their faith but the presence of God within them led them through it.
As we live our lives, will we reply on the cleverness of us or the presence of God?
I am so grateful for the theological education I have received and for everything I have been taught but the more I experience in this incredibly complex world the more I realize that I need Jesus
When people hear me speak about my faith, I hope that they will hear something profound and interesting, but most of all I hope that they see that I am with Jesus and that I am relying on him.