These Men Had Been With Jesus

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They Had Been With Jesus

These men had been with Jesus
Cover page of Grace And Truth Magazine July/August 2006

Though this post had been published a few years back, it’s still relevant to the present time. Thus this post here again.  Those who were astonished by the courage of Peter and John when they preached the gospel were not ordinary men, but rulers, elders, and teachers of the Law. By contrast, Acts 4:13 (NIV) says, “When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.”

Can the same be said of us who are redeemed by the precious blood of the Lord Jesus Christ? If not, it is good to examine ourselves in the light of these words. Are our lives and actions like those who had been with Jesus? If not, then others might see us as the enemies of God or as those under Satan. Let’s not forget that “friendship with the world is hatred toward God” (Jas. 4:4).

Today there is a great temptation to love the world and the things of the world. It is obvious that many Christians have a superficial brotherly love. Have we not become selfish, boasters, self-willed, not displaying the unity of heart and mind? Satan takes advantage of such tendencies. The main reason for our failure is that we have forgotten that “the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Pet. 5:8). If we kept this thought in mind, we would be more alert in our lives, and Satan would have less success.

We must remember that the devil wants to create havoc in the lives of born-again Christians who desire to serve the Lord. He is on the lookout for our weak areas. Many of God’s servants have fallen for Satan’s tactics and have ruined their testimony. Their failure should be a warning to us. If we seriously consider this and take care, we will be better able to “stand against the devil’s schemes” (Eph. 6:11), the one who even tried to deceive our Lord (Mt. 4:1-11).

If we live lives that are pleasing to the Lord, others will notice and testify that these men and women were with Jesus. As we see increasing evidence for the soon-coming of our Lord, may we live lives which are pleasing to Him.

By Philip Verghese Ariel

Originally published on the pages of Grace & Truth Magazine

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4 Comments


  1. hello…
    thank you for our share the article. That’s a really very nice article.

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  2. A well written and a timely post. Indeed those people who were with Jesus are really a blessed group of people. The people around them could recognize them as they are with Jesus Christ. They are really lucky men who could move with Jesus Christ.
    Thanks for sharing this timely post thru these pages.
    Lovely images you share with the post. Well done.
    Keep sharing.
    ~Luong

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  3. Hi,
    A very timely subject you shared. I appreciate you for spreading such truth to your readers. This article very well shows the importance of being with Jesus and to show the character of Jesus thru our lives. Good work thanks for sharing keep sharing we support you.

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  4. Very inspiring post. Thanks for sharing such an uplifting article. Yes, the people who move with Jesus Christ should be like him and they are supposed to emulate his nature in their daily life. I really like this post and I appreciate you for writing this for us. Keep writing. I will share this with my friends.
    Thank you so much.

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