Acts 11: Standing for Truth
Peter may have been one of the most influential figures in the early church, but that did not put him above question in Acts 11. After all, he had baptized Gentiles, and the people in Jerusalem were a little bit confused as to why they did that. He recounted the entire story of his vision and what he did.
Act 11:15 And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning.
Act 11:16 Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost.
Act 11:17 Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God?
Act 11:18 When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.
It is I think this is something important to recognize about the early church that seems to have been constantly attacked by false teaching. Even when one of their most important figures did something that seem to be controversial, he had to explain why he did what he did and how it met up with the teaching of Jesus Christ. Peter was able to do that. He recognized the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and he realized that Jesus did not put any nationality restrictions on that. After seeing the evidence, the other leaders in the church were willing to accept. However, the more important point I am trying to make here is that this was a church dedicated to following Jesus Christ rather than following subsequent leaders.
Within the next 200 years, it is not hard to see all of the attacks that the church would have to endure. The church became very good at weeding out heresy because circumstances forced them to have to be. They were dedicated to preserving the teaching of Jesus, and I hope that we are just as dedicated today to standing by Jesus and defending the faith.