The soldiers brought the apostles to the meeting and made them stand before the Jewish leaders. The high priest questioned them,
saying, "We gave you strict orders not to continue teaching in that name. But look, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are trying to make us responsible for this man's death."
Peter and the other apostles answered, "We must obey God, not human authority!
You killed Jesus by hanging him on a cross. But God, the God of our ancestors, raised Jesus up from the dead!
Jesus is the One whom God raised to be on his right side, as Leader and Savior. Through him, all Jewish people could change their hearts and lives and have their sins forgiven.
We saw all these things happen. The Holy Spirit, whom God has given to all who obey him, also proves these things are true."
When the Jewish leaders heard this, they became angry and wanted to kill them.
But a Pharisee named Gamaliel stood up in the meeting. He was a teacher of the law, and all the people respected him. He ordered the apostles to leave the meeting for a little while.
Then he said, "People of Israel, be careful what you are planning to do to these men.
Remember when Theudas appeared? He said he was a great man, and about four hundred men joined him. But he was killed, and all his followers were scattered; they were able to do nothing.
Later, a man named Judas came from Galilee at the time of the registration. He also led a group of followers and was killed, and all his followers were scattered.