The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures. They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus. But since they could see the man who had been healed standing right there among them, there was nothing the council could say. So they ordered Peter and John out of the council chamber and conferred among themselves
I also particularly love verse 13, where it says that when they “saw” the boldness of Peter & John, they recognized them as men who had been with Jesus. I love that “being” with Jesus creates a boldness in us. If I am not bold, have I been with Jesus?
And it’s visible boldness! The chief priests could see it on Peter and John. That shows that the light of Jesus was shining through them as boldness! Jesus was opening the eyes of the priests, to a small degree—the very ones that had crucified Him were now starting to see, and now they had a choice.
I agree with you: the mark of being with Jesus, daily, is a visible boldness to tell others of how He saved us and how He wants to save them, too! A lack of boldness in us is probably a warning bell that we need to get back around Jesus again.
I just love that it says in verse 8: “Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them…" It’s ultimately the Holy Spirit that enables us to overcome fear and live in boldness. I love that this is after Acts 2, when the Holy Spirit descended on Pentecost. It insinuates that the filling of the Spirit is not an occasion but something that is to be continually sought after. The more we surrender to the Holy Spirit, which is the very resurrection power of Christ inside us, the more we will live in boldness.