Monday, October 24, 2016

Acts 18:6-8 (KJV) Join Hard to God

Acts 18:6-8 (KJV)
And when they opposed themselves, and blasphemed, he shook his raiment, and said unto them, Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean: from henceforth I will go unto the Gentiles.And he departed thence, and entered into a certain man’s house, named Justus, one that worshipped God, whose house joined hard to the synagogue.And Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his house; and many of the Corinthians hearing believed, and were baptized.
There is at least some evidence that this Justus is also the Titus to whom Paul will later write a pastoral epistle. He is a Gentile, but one who had a heart for God. Whether his house joined hard to the synagogue just so he could worship God or because of his affection for the God of the Jews, we cannot know. We can know the effect of being close to the things of God:
  • He did have a heart to worship God
  • He was in a position to be saved
  • He was near at hand to be used of the Lord[1]
  • His position served to the conversion of the chief ruler of that synagogue[2]
  • He became an agitation to the unbelievers in the city
Those with a heart for God get close to God and in turn, God gives them more of a heart for Him.
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Acts 18:6-8 (KJV) Join Hard to God

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[1] When Paul left the synagogue to preach elsewhere.
[2] Because Paul had turned his focus on the Gentiles did not exclude Jews from being saved.

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