“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 beholding the man which was healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it.” Acts 4:13-14 (KJV)
I use the word “Man” above in a generic sense; so I pray none of you feminist ladies get up in arms about it. Smile.
These verses are a continuation of chapter three, and the healing of the lame man at the temple gate. Peter and John were taken by the Sadducees, and “Put them in hold…” (4:1-3), because they were preaching the resurrection of Jesus; and the Sadducees do not believe in the resurrection, or anything spiritual.
People were believing as a result of Peter’s message – “About five thousand” men came to faith in Jesus the Christ.
If you go back through chapter three you will see that the message Peter preached was the Scripture the Word of God. Throughout the book of Acts when there is a move of the Spirit of God it is due to the preaching of the Word of God, and the influence of the Word of God through the Spirit of God; never without it.
Peter and John were tried by these unbelievers, and the unbelievers were put on trial as well, by the Word of God, the Spirit of God, and the men of God.
Peter and John, not being educated in the education system of that day were ignorant of the things of the religious elite, but they had a far greater Person in their hearts and lives; and He is the All wise One; the All Knowing One. When the Word of God is put to the test; it will stand. When the Spirit of God is put to the test; He too will stand. When the man of God, who is in the Word of God, filled with the Spirit of God is tested; he too will stand, and he will not fall at that point in his testing.
This is the testimony of the Spirit of God, and the Word of God — “…And they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.” Let that be my testimony. Let that be your testimony.