Selflessness vs. Deception

Selflessness vs Deception Acts 4 Acts 5 Ananias and Sapphira

Acts 4:32-5:11

I. The selfless nature of the early church (Acts 4:32-37)

    A. All things in common (Acts 2:44-45; 4:32-35; 6:1)
    B. The grace of giving (Acts 4:33; 1 Corinthians 8:1-8)
    C. The example of Barnabas (Acts 4:36-37)
    D. Was the early church a form of communism? No! (Acts 4:32, 34; 2 Corinthians 8:2; 9:7; 1 Corinthians 16:2; Acts 12:12; 1 Timothy 6:17-19)

II. The deception of Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:1-11)

    A. Their sin was deception: “You have not lied to men but to God” (Acts 5:4)
    B. Attributes of God on display in this account

      1. Omnipotence (Acts 5:5, 10)
      2. Omnipresence (Jeremiah 23;23-24)
      3. Omniscience (Acts 5:4; Jeremiah 17:9-10)

    C. Punishment similar to Nadab and Abihu (Leviticus 10:1-2) – “Both make the point: God’s Word and His spokesmen must be taken seriously” (Copeland)

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