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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Acts 7:25 Just Supposing

Acts 7:25 (KJV)
For he supposed his brethren would have understood how that God by his hand would deliver them: but they understood not.

Moses supposed a thing that was not true and spent the next forty years in hiding from God’s call on his life. 

He tried to do the will of God in the power of the flesh
How could he have ever supposed God would want him to take human life like that?

He focused on the wrong Israelite when he broke up their fight
The passage says it was the one who did wrong who accused him. I wonder what the other man thought?

He supposed the deliverance of Israel must be in his time
He became burdened at age forty. God used him at age eighty. I wonder how often we get in the flesh supposing God wants to hurry things along?

He was not disqualified because of his error
He got in the flesh, he rushed the plan of God, he focused on the wrong persons. Still, when it was God’s time, God picked him up and used him. 

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Acts 5:11 Great Fear

Acts 5:11 (KJV)
And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things.

Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, had presumed upon the Holy Ghost and upon the local church. They believed they could take liberties within the church. They did not expect God to care if they “tweaked” what was right in order to get gain. They were slain for it and great fear came upon all the church because of it. 

I believe we lack this fear in most churches today. Leaders within those churches presume upon the Holy Ghost and expect, so long as gain is made through it, they can tweak things in the church to their preferences. 

I understand that certain things in the church must not be held too rigidly. My objection is not with a modicum of change. My objection, or rather, caution, has more to do with the attitude of leadership when implementing changes. 

We, who are members of a local New Testament Baptist Church, are a part of something awesome, holy, and fearful. We ought to sense the blessing of being a part of a church. We ought also to tread fearfully within it. 

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Acts 5:11 (KJV) Great Fear

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Acts 2:33 What You See and Hear

Acts 2:33 (KJV)
Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.

In Acts 1:8 Jesus said that, “after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you” they would be witnesses unto Him. In this verse Peter affirmed that the day of Pentecost was a fulfillment of that promise. 

  • We know that there were people from every nation there and
  • We know that they were able to hear in their own tongue

The conclusion is that the promise of the Holy Ghost is the ability to witness boldly about Jesus. 

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Acts 2:33 What You See and Hear

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