Life-Changing Friendship with Jesus: “They Had Been With Jesus”

Discover the transformative power of friendship with Jesus. Peter and John - they had been with Jesus and were positively impacted. Learn how you can be too.

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Battle Drill Devotional
Battle Drill Devotional
Life-Changing Friendship with Jesus: "They Had Been With Jesus"


Discover the transformative power of friendship with Jesus. Peter and John – they had been with Jesus and were positively impacted. Learn how you can be too.

Weekly Summary

This week on the Battle Drill Devotional podcast we examine what was so different about Peter and John that their enemies “recognised them as men who had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13 NLT). Can people see you have been with Jesus? Each weekday we share hope and encouragement as we read and study the Bible together.


How have you chosen your friends? Did you just “fall in” with them? Was it an accident of location? Did you want to be seen with the “cool kids”? Choosing your friends should be done wisely. After all, someone once said you are the average of the five people you spend most time with. Is that true for you? If it is, then you and I had better be spending as much time with Jesus as we can.

Peter and John Arrested

Jesus’ disciples, Peter and John, are dragged before the council of the rulers and elder and teachers of religious law in Jerusalem, because they had healed a crippled beggar. The healing threatened their power and way of life, and had to be stopped. In any event, they wanted to know who on earth these people were that they could perform healing miracles.

They Had Been With Jesus

During the course of their show trial, Peter and John spoke confidently and with great courage, so much so that members of the council recognised they had been with Jesus (Acts 4:13 NLT). What an amazing thing to say about anyone!

What Friendship With Jesus Means

Friendship with Jesus means he will carry our burdens. He brings you joy. He brings you confidence. He brings you courage. Why? Because he walks with you.

Being friends with Jesus means being willing to be led where you do not want to go. To be a friend with Jesus means loving others just as he loves them. It’s hard work sometimes!

They Had Been With Jesus – Have You?

But being friends with Jesus is life-changing. Peter and John – they had been with Jesus, and people could see it in the way they conducted themselves. Would people say that about you and me?

Think It Over

Think about the following:

  • Would people look at you and say they had been with Jesus? Why or why not?

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Frequently Asked Questions – FAQ

What does it mean that Peter and John were recognised as men who had been with Jesus?

The council in Jerusalem recognised they had been with Jesus because Peter and John displayed traits, behaviours, and a level of knowledge and understanding that aligned with their close association with Jesus during his ministry.

How did Peter and John’s connection to Jesus impact their enemies’ perception of them?

Their enemies recognised Peter and John’s connection to Jesus because they witnessed their boldness, confidence, and the miracles they performed in Jesus’ name, which were clear indications of their close relationship with him.

Can people see that we have been with Jesus today?

Yes, people can see evidence of our relationship with Jesus today through our actions, attitudes, and character. When we reflect the teachings of Jesus in our words and deeds, others can recognise the impact of our connection to him.

What are some signs that indicate someone has been with Jesus?

Signs that someone has been with Jesus include displaying love, compassion, forgiveness, humility, and a desire to serve others. Additionally, a deep knowledge and understanding of scripture, along with a transformed life of holiness, can also be indicators of a close relationship with Jesus.

How can we cultivate a visible connection with Jesus in our lives?

We can cultivate a visible connection with Jesus by spending time in prayer, studying the Bible, and seeking to live out his teachings. Engaging in acts of service and ministry, loving others, and allowing the Holy Spirit to transform us from within can also help us reflect the presence of Jesus in our lives.

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