Monday, July 09, 2018

Acts 22:21-22 (KJV) A Growing Problem

Acts 22:21-22 (KJV)
And he said unto me, Depart: for I will send thee far hence unto the Gentiles.
And they gave him audience unto this word, and then lifted up their voices, and said, Away with such a fellow from the earth: for it is not fit that he should live.

Albert Barnes writes concerning this passage, 
“The reasons of their induction were, not that they supposed that the Gentiles could not be brought into covenant with God, for they would themselves compass sea and land to make one proselyte, but:
(1) That they believed that Paul taught that they might be saved without conforming to the Law of Moses; and,
(2) His speech implied that the Jews were more hardened than the Gentiles, and that he had a greater prospect of success in bringing them to God than he had in regard to the Jews.”

This is a growing problem in Christianity today as believers seem to be swept into a Judaistic mentality, embracing Old Testament Law as essential for salvation. 

The hardened heart today is the one that refuses simple grace through faith. 

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Sunday, July 08, 2018

Acts 21:8 (KJV) It's On Him

Acts 21:8 (KJV)
And the next day we that were of Paul's company departed, and came unto Caesarea: and we entered into the house of Philip the evangelist, which was one of the seven; and abode with him.

The first portion of this chapter is written in the first person plural. Paul traveled with a company, Luke being the spokesman and journalist. There are 18 verses of “we” and “us”. Paul’s company: 
  • Identifies with Paul most of these verses but 
  • Departs briefly to identify with those desiring Paul to protect himself from bonds in Jerusalem. They even 
  • Appear to take the lead, claiming that Paul went in “with us” rather than they with him unto James.

Then the narrative changes. Luke transitions to second person verbiage as the account focuses, not on Paul and his company, but on Paul. Paul’s company: 
  • Traveled with him, 
  • Served with him, 
  • Enjoyed the fruits of their labor with him and sometimes 
  • Suffered with him 
But when real trouble hit, it was always on Paul and not them. 


There were a number of great servants in Paul’s company. Some of them went on to greatness in their own right. But Paul is the one we know best not because Paul served by himself but because the weight of the burden rested upon him. 


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Saturday, July 07, 2018

Acts 20:9-10 (KJV) Those Who Influence Us

Acts 20:9-10 (KJV)
And there sat in a window a certain young man named Eutychus, being fallen into a deep sleep: and as Paul was long preaching, he sunk down with sleep, and fell down from the third loft, and was taken up dead.
And Paul went down, and fell on him, and embracing him said, Trouble not yourselves; for his life is in him.

Years ago I heard a preacher quip, “You can preach them to death once you can also raise them back to life.” The point was that preachers should not be long winded unless they can prove some supernatural (or at least, uncommon) power in ministry. The average preacher ought not, so goes this argument, preach long messages. 

What struck my mind today was how much influence the words of one man may have on a group of people. Whole movements of Christians (and of others by the way) are built upon the particular ideas of one man or another. 

There was a well respected preacher in the Baptist Bible Fellowship who held a particular opinion about Peter walking on water. It’s easy to tell which preachers of succeeding generations, even those who may have never met the man himself, his ministry has influenced because they hold that same peculiar view. Another preacher was well known for his twenty minute on the mark messages. Those who were drawn to him hold it as almost a law to preach short messages as he did. 

My point is to: 
  • Contemplate the influence we might have on others, 
  • Take care that influence is Christ-like and 
  • Be aware of those influences that have shaped our own lives
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Friday, July 06, 2018

Acts 19:1 A Foundational Work

Acts 19:1 (KJV)
And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples,

Paul had written to the church at Corinth concerning Ephesus and told them, “A great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.”[1]

What an amazing ministry Paul had there. 
  • He corrected some errant believers 
  • He spoke in the synagogue three months 
  • He disputed in the school of Tyrannus for two years 
  • He was used of God to accomplish special miracles
  • He was a contrast of godliness against the seven sons of Sceva
  • He saw those with curious arts converted and turned from idolatry 
Mightily grew the Word of God and prevailed there. 

Though there were terrible enemies, like Demetrius and the silversmiths, in Ephesus there was no doubt God had done a great work there. 

No wonder Ephesus became a foundational church to not just Paul’s ministry but to the whole region. 



[1]1 Corinthians 16:8-9 (KJV)
But I will tarry at Ephesus until Pentecost.
For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.


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Thursday, July 05, 2018

Acts 18:2 (KJV) Divine Appointments

Acts 18:2 (KJV)
And found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla; (because that Claudius had commanded all Jews to depart from Rome:) and came unto them.
I heard someone say recently that had, Jesus entered this world 100 years earlier or 100 years later, He would not have been able to impact the world so broadly as He did. Of course we understand this to mean humanly speaking. He is God and could have determined His own circumstances for impact. Fact was the world in Israel was perfectly tuned for the spread of the Gospel as it did under Christ and His Apostles. There are no coincidences with God. Jesus came at the time appointed of His Father.
Such appointments are manifested repeatedly in the Word of God. Paul, after a discouraging visit in Athens, just happened to find in Corinth a certain Jew named Aquila.
  • Who happened to be of the same craft
  • Who happened to be sympathetic to the Gospel
  • Who happened to be of such character to become devoted
  • Who happened to be skilled in expounding what Paul taught and
  • Who happened to become an important part of Paul’s life’s work
I like to describe God as the orchestrator. He orchestrates characters. times and events for His glory and purpose.
What a wonder it is to be one of those instruments in His orchestra.

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Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Acts 17:4 (KJV) Not A Few, But Not Enough

Acts 17:4 (KJV)
And some of them believed, and consorted with Paul and Silas; and of the devout Greeks a great multitude, and of the chief women not a few.
I am intrigued by these terms, “a great multitude” and “not a few.” Paul’s ministry in Thessalonica had been successful. Not a few had believed the message and trusted Christ.
  • Not a few but
  • Not enough
Not enough to sway the Jews toward conversion. Not enough to prevent lewd fellows from assaulting Jason. Not enough to keep the city from an uproar and not enough to provide Paul a welcome to stay and continue preaching. Not a few but not enough.
No matter how successful a ministry is it is petty (speaking of numbers) in comparison to those who disagree with it. My father in law used to speak of big fish in a small pond. The largest and most influential ministries are only that in the eyes of others with smaller ministries. They may puff out their chests as if they have been blessed more greatly than some others but, in the eyes of the world, they are little and despised.
It leads me to think this; we will never be so successful as to appear successful in the eyes of the world. We will never have seen enough saved as to turn the course of humanity in our own power. These are things only God can do and we must therefore remain in humble trust upon Him.

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Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Job 30:31 (KJV) Music Into Mourning

Job 30:31 (KJV)
My harp also is turned to mourning, and my organ into the voice of them that weep.
I am reminded of,
Psalms 137:1-4
By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion.We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof.For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion.How shall we sing the LORD’S song in a strange land?
The Jews in Babylon believed it to be inappropriate to sing their songs of victory, rejoicing and worship while being captive in that strange land.
Music is intended to:
  • Record an event or experience, 
  • Worship our God and to 
  • Stir our soul 
Some music creates in us a spirit of rejoicing and celebration. Job said his music had turned into mourning.
While music can reflect such a spirit, I doubt it is ever an appropriate use of it. Israel hung their harps on the willow in Babylon and forgot the God of their heritage. How much better it would have been to sing those songs and thereby keep alive their faith? How much better, in times of distress, it would be to sing songs that lift the spirits rather than to use music to sustain or reflect our sorrowful state?
Music may turn to mourning. Or else we may use it to help turn our mourning into rejoicing.

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Monday, July 02, 2018

Job 28:12 (KJV) The Most Precious of All Commodities

Job 28:12 (KJV)
But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding?
A number of years ago my family took our vacation to a wonderful area in Washington State known as the Methow Valley. The area is now rich in apple orchards and cattle ranches but those searching for gold originally settled it. We took some time to learn a little bit about prospecting (not much, but a little).
Prospecting, searching for the hidden treasure of precious metals, is a difficult task and has a bit of science to it. Prospectors look for certain evidences of gold and then begin panning streams and creeks near the evidence. If they find gold in their panning, they move upstream. They know that gold down stream likely means a vein of gold upstream. They are happy to collect the flakes and the nuggets in the water but they are looking for the place to start digging in the mountain for the real treasure. As difficult as it is, it is possible to find that vein and claim it for oneself.
Job uses that example, and that of other precious substances, to then draw us to how precious wisdom is. While it is possible for men to discover precious substances, no such possibility exists with wisdom and understanding. There is no “tell” to give evidence of its presence nearby. It is not obtained through science, discovery or hard work. Wisdom, Job reveals is only found in the fear of the Lord and in departing from evil (Job 28:28)
The most precious of all commodities a man may obtain (Job 28:18) comes from God. A man must go to Him His way in order to receive it.

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Sunday, July 01, 2018

Acts 14:27 (KJV) This Is God’s Will

Acts 14:27 (KJV)
And when they were come, and had gathered the church together, they rehearsed all that God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles.
God had “opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles.” It is such a simple statement but one that stirred up controversy to this day.
We will see in the very next chapter the initial stirrings of that controversy. We will also see the answer to that controversy. Almost the whole of the rest of the Bible, however, will bear the undercurrent of those unhappy with that answer.
  • Doesn’t matter who settles it
  • Doesn’t matter how reasonable the settlement
  • Doesn’t matter how well it is represented 
There will always be those who cannot be happy with those answers. They will rebel, they will sow discord where they may and they will seek to turn others in their direction.
Paul would be imprisoned and ultimately executed for this answer. God’s plan, His election, His predetermined counsel was that men of all races be saved by grace through faith, and that they unite as one body in a local church.
People argue and fuss and contend with it.  This is nevertheless God’s will.

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