Some thoughts on Acts 5
When Apostles have this much power and discernment they don’t need a title nor have to demand respect.
God established His fear before the people which resulted in multitudes coming to Him.
This was not a one time incident there are many testimonies of things like this through church history when a people are in covenant and “true” Apostles are present.
This was the spirit of truth judging a lie not a personal thing with Ananias and his wife, Satan had filled their heart to lie to the Holy Spirit showing it was an invasion of the demonic into the church through these two people.
The shadow of Peter was the anointing and presence of the Lord upon his life they didn’t just fall over or shake they were healed which is much better.
Ananias and Sapphira
J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS)
5 1-4 But there was a man named Ananias who, with this wife Sapphira had sold a piece of property, but with her full knowledge, reserved part of the price for himself.
He brought the remainder to put at the apostles’ disposal. But Peter said to him, “Ananias, why has Satan so filled your mind that you could cheat the Holy Spirit and keep back for yourself part of the price of the land?
Before the land was sold it was yours, and after the sale the disposal of the price you received was entirely in your hands, wasn’t it? Then whatever made you think of such a thing as this? You have not lied to men, but to God!”
5-6 As soon as Ananias heard these words he collapsed and died. All who were within earshot were appalled at this incident. The young men got to their feet and after wrapping up his body carried him out and buried him.
7-8 About three hours later it happened that his wife came in not knowing what had taken place, Peter spoke directly to her, “Tell me, did you sell your land for so much?” “Yes,” she replied, “that was it.”
9 Then Peter said to her, “How could you two have agreed to put the Spirit of the Lord to such a test? Listen, you can hear the footsteps of the men who have just buried your husband coming back through the door, and they will carry you out as well!”
10-11 Immediately she collapsed at Peter’s feet and died. When the young men came into the room they found her a dead woman, and they carried her out and buried her by the side of her husband.
At this happening a deep sense of awe swept over the whole Church and indeed all those who heard about it.
The young Church takes its stand in the Temple
12-14 By common consent they all used to meet now in Solomon’s Porch. But as far as the others were concerned no one dared to associate with them, even though their general popularity was very great.
Yet more and more believers in the Lord joined them, both men and women in really large numbers.
—and miraculous power radiates from it
15-16 Many signs and wonders were now happening among the people through the apostles’ ministry.
In consequence people would bring out their sick into the streets and lay them down on stretchers or bed, so that as Peter came by at least his shadow might fall upon some of them.
In addition a large crowd collected from the cities around Jerusalem, bringing with them their sick and those who were suffering from evil spirits. And they were all cured