When they brought back the apostles, they made them stand in front of the council. The chief priest questioned them. 28
He said, "We gave you strict orders not to mention Jesus' name when you teach. Yet, you've filled Jerusalem with your teachings. You want to take revenge on us for putting that man to death." 29
Peter and the other apostles answered, "We must obey God rather than people. 30
You murdered Jesus by hanging him on a cross. But the God of our ancestors brought him back to life. 31
God used his power to give Jesus the highest position as leader and savior. He did this to lead the people of Israel to him, to change the way they think and act, and to forgive their sins. 32
We are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him."
33When the men on the council heard this, they became furious and wanted to execute the apostles. 34But a Pharisee named Gamaliel stood up. He was a highly respected expert in Moses' Teachings. He ordered that the apostles should be taken outside for a little while. 35Then he said to the council, "Men of Israel, consider carefully what you do with these men. 36Some time ago Theudas appeared. He claimed that he was important, and about four hundred men joined him. He was killed, and all his followers were scattered. The whole movement was a failure. 37"After that man, at the time of the census, Judas from Galilee appeared and led people in a revolt. He, too, died, and all his followers were scattered. 38"We should keep away from these men for now. We should leave them alone. I can guarantee that if the plan they put into action is of human origin, it will fail. 39However, if it's from God, you won't be able to stop them. You may even discover that you're fighting against God."
40The council took his advice. They called the apostles, beat them, ordered them not to speak about the one named Jesus, and let them go. 41The apostles left the council room. They were happy to have been considered worthy to suffer dishonor for speaking about Jesus. 42Every day in the temple courtyard and from house to house, they refused to stop teaching and telling the Good News that Jesus is the Messiah.