Acts 28:6 Deflect It All To God

Acts 28:6 (KJV)
Howbeit they looked when he should have swollen, or fallen down dead suddenly: but after they had looked a great while, and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds, and said that he was a god.

Though the people of Melita were very kind, they were just like people always are, suspicious of those they did not know, especially the prisoners. 

We see almost no compassion when Paul got snake bit. He was one of the prisoners and they determined he must have been one of the worst ones. At first, they judged him. Then they just watched him, waiting to see the effects of the venom work its horror on the man. They believed gods had gotten him for his crimes. But then, when he didn’t die or even get sick, they changed their minds. He must be, they reasoned, a god himself. It wasn’t the first time such a claim had been made.[1] That the Bible does not describe Paul’s denial of deity is of little concern. We have the other case to assure us he did. 

One lesson I see in the passage is the ease with which a person’s faith can transfer from God to the man of God. It isn’t always necessary to get in the face of those who place such faith in the pastor, evangelist, missionary, or godly believer. What is necessary is that we do not begin to do the same for ourselves. 

Deflect all worship, praise, and faith to God. 


[1] Acts 14:11-15 (KJV)
And when the people saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in the speech of Lycaonia, The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men.
And they called Barnabas, Jupiter; and Paul, Mercurius, because he was the chief speaker.
Then the priest of Jupiter, which was before their city, brought oxen and garlands unto the gates, and would have done sacrifice with the people.
Which when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of, they rent their clothes, and ran in among the people, crying out,
And saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein:

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Acts 27:11 How To Shipwreck a Life

Acts 27:11 (KJV)
Nevertheless the centurion believed the master and the owner of the ship, more than those things which were spoken by Paul.

How to shipwreck your life…

Trust the experts instead of the preacher
The centurion had a choice. He could heed the warning of the preacher or accept the advice of the master of the ship. It seemed like a clear choice. The one was a prisoner on his way to sentencing. The other was an able and experienced seaman. But the preacher was right.

Trust the majority instead of the preacher
The more part wanted to push on. Our world is filled with the idea of majority rule. It almost never works out well. Republican or representative rule is both the wisest and the Biblical model. The preacher would have made the right choice over the majority.

Trust comfort instead of the preacher
The place was not commodious to winter in. It would have been the most comfortable. Seeking comfort as convenience is a sure way to make shipwreck. The preacher was right. 

Trust circumstances instead of the preacher
When the winds began to blow softly, they thought they had an out. It was merely the calm before the storm. The preacher was right. 

We don’t trust the preacher just because he is the preacher. I know that some who claim to be preachers are wacko and crazy. We trust a man who listens to God through His Word. He isn’t expert on sailing. He isn’t generally expert on many earthly skills. But if he has his mind in God’s Word and his heart upon the Lord, he can likely perceive things the experts cannot. 

To ignore him is a sure way to make life a shipwreck. 

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Acts 26:8 Would to God

Acts 26:8 (KJV)
Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should raise the dead?

I don’t think in this case that Paul was asking the question. The Athenians may have thought this an incredible thing. The Sadducees would have considered it incredible. But Agrippa must certainly have believed in some parts of the Jewish doctrine. Paul was speaking to a man whose foundation, though crumbled, did come from the Word of God. 

I see much of the same as the case for people in the United States. The foundation is crumbled, useless for all practical purposes. It is neither a saving faith, nor does it provide valid direction in life. But it does have an historic basis in the Word of God. Except for those allowed into the United States from middle eastern religious faiths, the average American at least knows that America has a Christian heritage. They may hate that heritage and wish to overturn it, but somewhere down inside, they know it is there. 

Paul appealed to this foundation in His message to Agrippa. Agrippa did not become a Christian, but he was almost persuaded. 

Would to God more Souls in America were not only almost but altogether persuaded to become Christians. 

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Acts 19:5 They Were Baptized

Acts 19:5 (KJV)
When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

I know there will be some who take umbrage at my saying Apostle Paul was a Baptist, or rather, an Anabaptist.

Here’s my reasoning. The term anabaptist, “rebaptizer,” is a derogatory term applied to those Christians who refused to yoke with Constantine’s early catholic church. They further took the step of refusing that any baptisms, regardless of the mode, of the catholic churches, was a Scriptural baptism. Any coming from those churches, upon a sound profession of faith, was baptized scripturally under the authority of what the Anabaptists would have insisted is a scriptural church. 

We see Paul, in this instance, meet a group of baptized people. Call that a church, albeit an unscriptural one. Paul, upon examining their faith, determined: 

First that they were not saved 
This based on the false teaching they had received.

Second that they were not baptized
Though they had experienced a religious ritual similar to baptism, it was not scriptural therefore was not true baptism. 

I commend Apostle Paul for giving them the true gospel and then leading them to true baptism (whether he was the one who baptized we do not know. He may have left the actual performance of it to one of his team.) I also commend these brethren for the humility to hear the Word of God more perfectly and to embrace it so fully that they received the Holy Ghost and submitted to believers’ baptism. 

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Acts 17:2 His Manner Was

Acts 17:2 (KJV)
And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures,

As his manner was. 

Paul had some “habits” or prescribed manners of doing the work of witnessing. It appears that this was his manner when he was in the eastern cultures and it was his manner when he moved into the western cultures. 

  • It was his manner when he was in a metropolitan area, and it was his manner when he was in a rural area
  • It was his manner when he was in a religious area, and it was his manner when he was in an intellectual area
  • It was his manner when it was a successful strategy, and it was his manner when it failed to be successful 

Apostle Paul’s manner of ministry was based upon the Word of God and not the preferences of his audience. He did not adjust his methods to match his surroundings. He stuck with a manner of ministry that he began with and stayed with that manner until the end. 

We would do well to learn from him. 

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Acts 16:6-7 Strait and Narrow

Acts 16:6-7 (KJV)
Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia,
After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not.

That they were forbidden to go to Asia and Bithynia does not mean that God had no interest in those nations. We must not forget that Paul was not the only Apostle. Tradition places other Apostles in Babylon, India, and even China. God not only has a commission for us but a location for us. Far too often Christians assume they can be anywhere so long as they do what they are supposed to. If God has indeed fitted us for a church, then finding that church and fitting there ought to be a priority. 

The Holy Ghost did reveal Apostle Paul’s next duty station. But it wasn’t an easy one. We must never assume that the will of God is the easiest path. The strait[1] and narrow road is often uphill and rocky. Narrow tells me that there are few options on this path.

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[1] I did check again to make sure I am correct. Matthew 7:14, it is the strait gate, not the straight gate. It is not the shortest distance between two points, but a passage that is often difficult and dangerous.

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Acts 14:17 God Did All This

Acts 14:17 (KJV)
Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.

The Apostle addresses here a group of pagans. These are people used to worshipping idols and intent on giving that worship, through sacrifices, to Paul and Barnabas.

First, they plead for them to stop 
They claimed they came to preach that they should turn from these vanities. 

Second, they answered an anticipated objection 
They had worshipped these “vanities” for generations and had never been the worse for it. The answer to the objection was that God had suffered them to walk in their own ways

Third, they told them any good they had experienced had been from God and not their vanities 

  • It was God who did them good. 
  • It was God who gave them rain. 
  • It was God who gave them fruitful seasons. And 
  • It was God who filled their hearts with food and gladness.

God did all of this for a witness. Consider it and you will see, anything good that has happened in your life has been because God has been merciful to you and not because good things and gladness come from vain idols, wickedness or worldliness. 

Turn from them to God. 

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Acts 13:1 An Enabling Platform

Acts 13:1 (KJV)
Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.

What mysteries surround the working of God in bringing souls together into a local church. We are here told that in the church at Antioch were, “certain prophets and teachers.” I doubt that any of them were native to Antioch and developed in that church. 

  • We know for sure that Barnabas was from Jerusalem and had gone to Antioch to confirm the work there. 
  • We know that Saul was from Tarsus and that Barnabas had specifically sought him out to work in this church 

I wonder if this might be true of the others?

  • Simeon was called Niger. Was he from Africa?
  • Lucius was from Cyrene. 
  • Manaen had been brought up with Herod the Tetrarch

I wonder if these were all people who were in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost, converted then, and consequently scattered under the persecution of Saul. 

This church sent out Paul and Barnabas as missionaries. But it also served as a center for doctrinal purity and the preservation of the Word of God. The local people: saved, baptized, and added to the church, served as the foundation. By remaining faithful in the church, and enabling it to be a platform by which God used these, “certain prophets and teachers.”

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Acts 10:4 Never Give Up

Acts 10:4 (KJV)
And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God.

Cornelius would have been an adult of some years. His position as an officer, his achievements as a family man, a homeowner, and one with a number of household servants suggests years of advancement in life. We do not know when it was that he became a devout man but even that term suggests sufficient time to earn the good report. 

Apparently, his devotion had been consistent without much “fruit.” At least he had not received the fruit God had for him. After, we don’t know how many years of:

Devotion
Fearing God
Giving alms
Praying to God always and
Fasting

His prayers and alms were come up to God for a memorial. 

I simply want to be reminded that we have no idea what the result of faithful devotion to God might be.

Never give up on it. 

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Acts 8:3 “As for Saul”

Acts 8:3 (KJV)
As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison.

As for Saul

This person was introduced to us in the previous chapter and will become the primary figure of the rest of the book of Acts.

As for Saul

  • We first see him consenting unto the death of Stephen
  • We next find him making havoc of the church then
  • We learn of his conversion to Christ 

As for Saul

There was first accommodation for sin. Then there was participation in sin.  Praise the Lord we find there was repentance of sin.

As for Saul

What if someone were to write your story?

“As for Joe”
“As for Debbie”
“As for you”

God doesn’t ignore or sweep your sins under a carpet. He is fully aware of those times you consented to sin and those times you joined into the sin. What matters though is this, has there been a time when you repented of that sin and trusted Jesus Christ?

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