“Now when they saw the boldness and unfettered eloquence of Peter and John and perceived that they were unlearned and untrained in the schools [common men with no educational advantages], they marveled; and they recognized that they had been with Jesus. And since they saw the man who had been cured standing there beside them, they could not contradict the fact or say anything in opposition.” (Acts 4:13-14, TAB)
There are times in life when you cannot say these are the thoughts of my heart or plans, theorizing will not make any impact and talk will be cheap. People will look at you as if you are crazy or a UFO that just crashed into planet earth. Your grandiose designs, encouragement or inspiration are just talks going from one ear to another. When they nod, it is not as if they get it or there is an agreement but when will you stop talking. It is not the fault of those that you are trying to convince all they want is proof. Are you really who you say you are? Is the product you are trying to sell really worthy or worthless. They want to see you as a proof producer. When Peter said, gold and silver I have none to the man by the gate beautiful, the man lost interest.
He lost interest because all he was interested in was dealing with a symptom—the symptom of his condition (lameness) which is poverty. Not what turned him into a beggar.
A proof can be defined as evidence sufficient to establish a thing as being true. In mathematics it could be an operation that checks the correctness of a calculation. A producer is somebody that brings something into existence or gives birth to something. A proof producer will then be somebody that brings into existence or gives birth to evidence that establishes a thing as being true. After Peter and John healed the man by the gate beautiful and were subsequently arrested, they were brought before their accusers and they did not hire a lawyer—they defended themselves.
When members of the council heard their defence knowing full well that they were unlettered they reached an immediate conclusion that they had been with Jesus. This is a very profound conclusion. Profound in the sense that while Jesus was alive, the council members were not His followers but they were following watchfully every one of His statements and acts. They knew all the miracles that He performed. They realized that He said, “He is the bread of life”, and He produced bread when needed. He said, He is the resurrection and the life”, and He also produced the proof by resurrecting those that were dead. The council members also knew that He did not mince words in rebuking sin. He spoke with confidence while on earth in the flesh.
All the acts mentioned were further buttressed by a statement made by Jesus which the members of the council also knew about, “the works that I do, greater shall you do.” They immediately had an awesome recognition that Peter and John had been with Jesus. As Jesus produced proof, these men (disciples) were also producing proof. May you be a proof producer in Jesus name.