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THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES - Chapter 5 - Verse 30

Verse 30. Raised up Jesus. This refers to his resurrection.

Hanged on a tree. That is, on the cross, Ga 3:13; 1 Pe 2:24; Ac 10:39; 13:29. This is the amount of Peter's defence. He begins with the great principle, (Ac 5:29,) which they could not gainsay, that God ought to be obeyed rather than man. He then proceeds to state that they were convinced that God had raised up Jesus from the dead. And as they had such decisive evidence of that, and were commanded by the authority of the Lord Jesus to be witnesses of that, and had constant evidence that God had done it, they were not at liberty to be silent. They were bound to obey God rather than the sanhedrim, and to make known everywhere the fact that the Lord Jesus was risen. The remark that God had raised up Jesus, whom they had slain, does not seem to have been made to irritate or to reproach them, but mainly to identify the person that had been raised. It was also a confirmation of the truth and reality of the miracle. Of his death they had no doubt, for they had been at pains to certify it, Joh 19:31-34. It is certain, however, that Peter did not shrink from charging on them their guilt; nor was he at any pains to soften or mitigate the severe charge that they had murdered their own Messiah.

{e} "hanged" Ga 3:13 {*} "tree" "Cross"

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