We serve an amazing God. God is all powerful and gives us the power of the Holy Spirit. God gives us a confidence that is amazing.
In referring to Peter and John (in Acts 4) as “unlettered” means either “uneducated (as to the Old Testament law)” or, more stringently, “illiterate.” Either way, how could such laymen have used Psalm 118:22 in boldly accusing the religious elites [Sanhedrists] of miscarrying justice in Jesus’ death when they themselves (Peter and John) were on trial before this very body?
Ah, they’ve been with Jesus and heard him apply Psalm 118:22 (The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. to himself) and the Sanhedrists in direct confrontation with them. The Sanhedrists see not only Peter’s and John’s boldness but …
They see also the healed man standing with them—again, “standing” rather than sitting and begging for alms. The Sanhedrists’ own eye witnessing robs them of anything they might say against Peter’s and John’s performance and explanation of the miracle. The inability to contradict Peter and John fulfills Jesus’ promise in Luke 21:15: “I’ll give you a mouth and wisdom that none of your foes will be able to withstand or contradict”.
- Acts 4:13 (NASB) — 13 Now as they observed the confidence of Peter and John and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed, and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus.
- Daniel 3:13 — 13 Then Nebuchadnezzar in rage and anger gave orders to bring Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego; then these men were brought before the king.
- Acts 3:11–12 — 11 While he was clinging to Peter and John, all the people ran together to them at the so-called portico of Solomon, full of amazement. 12 But when Peter saw this, he replied to the people, “Men of Israel, why are you amazed at this, or why do you gaze at us, as if by our own power or piety we had made him walk?”
- Acts 8:13 — 13 Even Simon himself believed; and after being baptized, he continued on with Philip, and as he observed signs and great miracles taking place, he was constantly amazed.
- Acts 14:11 — 11 When the crowds saw what Paul had done, they raised their voice, saying in the Lycaonian language, “The gods have become like men and have come down to us.”