Acts 20:1 After the Uproar

Acts 20:1 (KJV)
And after the uproar was ceased, Paul called unto him the disciples, and embraced them, and departed for to go into Macedonia.

After the uproar had ceased…

What an interesting phrase. 

It could be just a point of reference. It was after that when Paul said his goodbyes. 

But it makes me think. 

Paul didn’t leave in the middle of the uproar. 
He wasn’t run out of town because of the unfriendly atmosphere. Fear of the mob didn’t cause him to leave. Nor did he leave to quiet the uproar. Christianity may be unwelcome in some places. But it needs to be there anyway. 

Paul did leave once it ceased
I can imagine a few people begging him to stay. I can even imagine him wondering if maybe he ought to stay. Sometimes we get the impression the faith and those who have embraced it can’t survive without us. The plain truth is that people’s faith must rest upon the Lord and not a personality. Sometimes leaving a believer with nothing but God is necessary to prove they need nothing but God. 

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Acts 20:1 After the Uproar

Acts 19:39 Understanding Law

Acts 19:39 (KJV)
But if ye enquire any thing concerning other matters, it shall be determined in a lawful assembly.

The Roman system was ruthless in a lot of ways but also insistent upon law. Our own government is modeled much after that of old Rome. 

Mind you, neither their nor ours is perfect. I think the U.S. government may be as ruthless as Rome ever was. 

I am interested in the consistency I see. In Acts 18:13 (KJV)
Saying, This fellow persuadeth men to worship God contrary to the law.

The Jew attempted to conflate their law with that of Rome. Gallio would have none of it. 

Acts 18:15 (KJV)
But if it be a question of words and names, and of your law, look ye to it; for I will be no judge of such matters.

He claimed jurisdiction over civil and criminal matters. Religious issues were not his concern. 

In Acts 19, we are in a different place with another official. The complainants, in this case, were Greeks. In this case, the town clerk, we don’t have his name, withstood his own countrymen because they had created an unlawful assembly. 

Roman officials were not perfect, but they understood jurisdiction and the difference between a peaceful protest and an unruly mob. 

Our country would be on a good path if we simply re-established these. 

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Acts 19:39 Understanding Law

Acts 17:2-3 Reasoning and Preaching

Acts 17:2-3 (KJV)
And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures,
Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ.

I would like to entertain for a moment the consideration that there is a difference between reasoning out of the Scriptures and preaching. 

Reasoning out of the Scriptures could be viewed as teaching, outlining, expounding, and expositing the Word of God. 
The Bible says he did that for three days. It takes a great deal of time and patience to show people what the Bible says rather than what they think it says. Some people have been taught what they supposed was the Bible without ever actually looking in the Bible. Thus, they think they know. They do not know. 

Preaching is something entirely different 

Preaching is not specifically the exposition of the Word of God. Preaching is making declarations concerning what we know from the Word of God. 
Paul said he preached Christ. Then, after teaching them what the Word of God says, he declared to them Jesus Christ as its fulfillment. 

Likely a strongly sound message spends most of its time reasoning, followed by a solid declaration of what that means in our world today. 

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Acts 17:2-3 Reasoning and Preaching

Acts 15:27 Three Witnesses

Acts 15:27 (KJV)
We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who shall also tell you the same things by mouth.

The subject of the meeting at Jerusalem was critical. God had indeed opened the door of salvation to the Gentile people. Should they then be forced into subjection to the Jewish customs?

At the center of the controversy was the predominantly Gentile church in Antioch. Its two most traveled members, Paul and Barnabas, came to Jerusalem as delegates and as witnesses to the grace of God. The council was set, the evidence presented, and the sentence delivered. They would not burden the Gentiles with these customs except for reasonable and appropriate things for the faith. 

Barnabas and Paul returned home to give the news. But they did not return alone. With them was:

  • A letter recording the decision and
  • Two men to verify the letter

There were the witnesses, the document, and the verification of the paper. Thus, three sources established the thing. 

Important subjects must not be determined in secret and disseminated by coercion. These are the sorts of things that require openness, integrity, and many voices.  

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Acts 15:27 Three Witnesses

Acts 14:1 Evil Affected

Acts 14:1 (KJV)
And it came to pass in Iconium, that they went both together into the synagogue of the Jews, and so spake, that a great multitude both of the Jews and also of the Greeks believed.

This week an attempt to recall Governor Gavin Newsome of California failed. The man running against him was the well-known conservative, Larry Elder. In the weeks before this recall election, there were numerous “positives” and other sorts of episodes regarding Elder. 

I saw where Paul Chappell “led him to the Lord.”
I question the sincerity of his conversion at such a moment in his life. Nevertheless, it makes an impact on Christian voters. 

I also saw where he was attacked by a white woman (Elder is black) when she threw food at him hitting him in the head. 
This should have riled the news, but they made no issue of it at all. Again, I would have thought this would rally the conservative voters in California. 

But then I also heard that the liberals campaigned hard against Elder as a “Trump-like” radical conservative. In essence, they made the minds of the voters “evil affected” against him. 

We must be about the business of telling souls about Christ. But, at the same time, we must not allow ourselves to be disheartened when the devil’s ambassadors are also about their business. God’s Word and faith inform us that, in the end, Jesus wins. 

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Acts 14:1 Evil Affected

Acts 13:34-37 Keep a Preacher Busy

Acts 13:34-37 (KJV)
And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, he said on this wise, I will give you the sure mercies of David.
Wherefore he saith also in another psalm, Thou shalt not suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption:
But he, whom God raised again, saw no corruption.

Paul’s first recorded message was:

  • Biblical
  • Reasonable and focused on the
  • Resurrection of Christ 

From there he made applications concerning: 

  • Forgiveness of sins and
  • Justification from all things
  • He then urged his hearers to continue in the grace of God. 

This is enough to keep a preacher busy for a lifetime. 

  • Preach the resurrection 
  • Preach sins forgiven
  • Preach justification by faith
  • Preach faithfulness to the grace of God

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Acts 13:34-37 Keep a Preacher Busy

Acts 11:16 Then Remembered I

Acts 11:16 (KJV)
Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost.

There is no new revelation, at least not in our time. There was in Peter’s. 

But that does not mean we know all the revelation of God or that we know it perfectly. 

  • We can be shown that which we have not seen in God’s Word before
  • We can be reminded of those things we have forgotten in God’s Word
  • We can be taught an application of God’s Word we have not considered before

The apostles and brethren in Jerusalem did what so many of us do when we hear something we have not heard before: 

  • They contended against it 
  • They withstood it 
  • They buckled up their backs and pushed against it

But when Peter explained what God had done and clearly expounded the Word of God to them, they bowed to the will and Word of God.

May we be willing to do the very same.

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Acts 11:16 Then Remembered I

Acts 10:4 He Was Afraid

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.

An appropriate response, especially to a first encounter with almighty God, is fear. Unfortunately, there is far too little of that in United States Christianity. 

  • We have learned to focus on His grace and not His holiness 
  • We concentrate on His goodness and not His wrath
  • We think of heaven without a thought about hell
  • We want our best life now without preparing for eternity 

The goodness of God finds its luster in the darkness of impending doom. Except that God saves us, 

  • We are corrupt, destined for hell
  • We are lost and headed for destruction 
  • We are sinful and will end in destruction 

Behold the goodness and severity of the Lord.[1]

We can’t have the one until we reckon with the other. 


[1] Romans 11:22 (KJV)
Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.

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Acts 10:4 He Was Afraid

Acts 9:20 He Preached Christ

Acts 9:20 (KJV)
And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.

Saul of Tarsus, having met the Lord along the Damascus Road and having consulted with and then baptized by Ananias, preached Christ.

He preached Christ
There was no confusion about who the LORD is. He is Jesus Christ. He is the very Christ whose followers Saul had hunted down.

He did it straightway
He didn’t take any time to begin preaching Christ. There was no struggle in his mind about what he should do, and there was no looking back at what he would lose.

He did it in the synagogues
He went where he would be known. He wasn’t hiding his faith. He wasn’t going to beat around the bush about his faith. 

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Acts 9:20 He Preached Christ

Acts 8:2 Devout Men

Acts 8:2 (KJV)
And devout men carried Stephen to his burial and made great lamentation over him.

Devout men carried Stephen to his burial. 

Slain by an angry mob under the consent of Saul, there would have been a considerable risk to associate in any way with Stephen.
Their devotion was not to Stephen
Although I am sure, given the lamentation, that they did care for him.

Their devotion would not have been merely cultural
Or else they would not have had to be devout. Businesses have been established to take care of the dead. 

Their devotion was in the cause of Christ
The message Stephen preached caused his death and motivated these believers.

Their lamentation was the same. But, though they wept over the loss of this man of God, their love and passion would have been for the message he preached and the Saviour he loved.

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Acts 8:2 Devout Men