I like a comment C.H. Spurgeon made in one of his sermons that there is a ‘secret something’ about a believer- a sweet savour emitted from his life.
There was that certain something about Peter and John. There were things about them which just didn’t add up. They’d had no formal rabbinical training. This is what is meant by the expression: ‘’unschooled, ordinary men’’ (13).They had never been to Bible College. Nevertheless Peter spoke powerfully in public. The two men had obvious natural limitations, but there was a certain something about them. There was no getting away from this. ( It was a little bit like the burning bush Moses saw that captured his attention.) Furthermore, the only explanation the enemies of the church could find lay in their connection with Jesus, about Whom the apostles kept speaking.
Those who walk in the company of Jesus carry something of His fragrance. They ‘smell’ of Him. The religious leaders ‘’saw’’ something that impressed them. They didn’t like it, but it held their attention captive, and it made them think about Jesus.
May we live in such a way that our critics are silenced (14).
‘’Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us’’ (1 Peter 2:12).
‘’For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the foolish talk of ignorant men’’ (1 Peter 2:15).