For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard. Acts 4:20
The Sanhedrin, a Jewish council simply didn’t know what to do with Peter, John, and the other disciples. These apostles, who had recently been cowardly and craven, were now as bold as lions. They were enflamed by the Resurrection of Jesus and filled with the Holy Spirit. Fleeing was no longer an option. When the council commanded them to cease their teaching, Peter replied, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:19-20).
Many forces are trying to silence Christians in the world. Though two thousand years have passed, the age long opposition to the Gospel still exists. In some lands, it takes the form of overt persecution. In others, secular forces seek to intimidate believers into silence.
But the Word of God cannot be silenced, and true Christians will always find ways of proclaiming the Good News. We are not retreaters who flee, but soldiers who fight. Our Gospel is unstoppable in this world.
Boldness is acting, by the power of the Holy Spirit, on an urgent conviction in the face of some threat. Jon Bloom