Upon their first arrest (Acts 4:1-3), Peter and John had been threatened, “. . . and commanded not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus” (Acts 4:17-18). Yet, they continued without any hesitation to teach and preach in the name of Jesus and thus were imprisoned again (Acts 5:17-18). Then the angel of the Lord came by night and set them free. They were instructed to “Go, stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this life.” (Acts 5:20). Let it be observed that they were not set free just to go somewhere and hide from these rulers that were threatening them, but rather were set free in order to fulfill a divine mission. They had a job to do for the Lord and in order to achieve that goal they had to “Go, stand and speak . . . all the words of this life.”
Those of us who are called today have the responsibility to spread the cause of Christ to those who live in this generation. We need to be as zealous as the apostles and first century Christians were. Let us take note of what the Bible teaches as to how we can “Go, stand and speak .
Jesus our Lord said, “Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then comes harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest (Jn. 4:35). Truly the harvest is ready if we will but “go.” “Go you therefore, and teach all nations . . .” was the command of Jesus Christ our Lord (Matt. 28:19). We have to be willing to obey the command of “go” if we are to spread the seed of the kingdom of God.
In writing to the church at Thessalonica, Paul said. “Therefore, brethren, stand fast (remain firm), and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle (2 Thess. 2:15) . We need to remain firm and “stand” for the truth. We need to be willing to prove the Word (1 Thess 5:21), defend the gospel (Philp 1:15-18), and contend for the faith (Jude 3). The apostles knew very well what it meant to remain firm for the Lord. In so doing, they gave their lives for the cause of Christ: How firmly entrenched are we?
To spread the Word we have to “speak.” the Word. We have to share our knowledge about the gospel with others if we expect to convert them. Paul was an ambassador in bonds for the sake of the gospel. He prayed that he might boldly make known the mystery of the gospel, “. . . that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak (Eph. 6:18-20). If we do not tell the world the wonderful story of Jesus, how can they be saved? Let us not be ashamed of the gospel of Christ, but rather let us strive with all of our being to, “Go, stand and speak . . .”, to this lost and dying world (Rom 1:16).