Acts 27:10 It Would Be So Much Better If ..

Acts 27:10 (KJV)
And said unto them, Sirs, I perceive that this voyage will be with hurt and much damage, not only of the lading and ship, but also of our lives.

Though Paul was not a mariner by trade, he had been a “frequent traveler.” Albert Barnes notes, “He might have perceived it from his own knowledge of the danger of navigation at the autumnal equinox, and from what he saw of the ship as unsuited to a dangerous navigation.” Men possessed of the wisdom of the Lord are often observers of life, nature, and “the nature of things.” Powers of observation cause a man to see what others likely will not. On the other hand, Barnes writes, “But there is nothing that should prevent our believing also that he was guided to this conclusion by the inspiration of the Spirit of God.” Later in the voyage, Paul will directly admit that an angel of God had appeared to him with instructions for the safety of those on the vessel. The centurion did not believe Paul’s perception of things. Everyone believed him when the hope of their lives had been lost.

  • I am happy that God, through Paul, cheered these sea-sick souls. 
  • I am happy that no soul was lost at sea.
  • I am happy that the will of the Lord was done despite the loss of the ship.

But there is a key verse that is so often ignored.

Acts 27:21 (KJV)
But after long abstinence Paul stood forth in the midst of them, and said, Sirs, ye should have hearkened unto me, and not have loosed from Crete, and to have gained this harm and loss.

I do not know the outcome had they hearkened unto him, but Paul was confident that they should have. It is a great blessing that God accomplishes His will regardless of whether we listen. But it would be so much better if people listened to the preacher’s pleadings, preaching, and even his inclinations.

They so often don’t. But they should.

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Acts 24:25 They Are Unbelieving Believers

Acts 24:25 (KJV)
And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee.

Can you imagine?

  • Felix believed Paul’s testimony enough as to tell others about him
  • Felix believed Paul’s testimony enough to hear him multiple times
  • Felix believed Paul’s testimony enough to treat him fairly
  • Felix believed Paul’s testimony so much he trembled at righteousness, temperance and judgment to come

But Felix did not believe enough to trust Christ.

The world is filled today with this sort of unbelieving believer. They believe just enough to accept it but not enough to trust Christ alone for salvation, accept it but not as enough to be inconvenienced by it. 

I’ve heard people debate whether Felix ever got saved. I am convinced the same debate could be argued against all the unbelieving believers of our day.

They are unbelieving believers.

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Acts 24:25 They Are Unbelieving Believers

Acts22:22 In Their View This Is Hate Speech

Acts 22:22 (KJV)
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.

It is interesting what this mob was willing to hear before they insisted Paul should not live.

  • They were fine with the rehearsal of his old life.
  • They were fine with his account of meeting the Just One
  • They were fine with his testimony of conversion
  • They were fine with his personal baptism
  • They were fine with his being a witness to all men
  • They were fine with his grievance of being mistreated by Jews

But when he said God called him to preach to the Gentiles, they went ballistic. This is where Paul’s message interfered with their faith. They saw themselves as “elect of God” and better than the rest. Paul’s message insisted that they give that world view up and become one in a new man in Christ,[1] made of both Jews and Gentiles.

Most people will put up with almost any message so long as it does not offend their world view. As long as they see themselves as right before God,[2] pretty much they’re fine with anything else. But to challenge that standing before God is, in modern terms, hate speech and worthy the death penalty.[3]

It is just that message we are called to preach.


[1] A new body which is the local New Testament Church – Ephesians 2

[2] Even the atheist wants this. His answer is just that there is no God to which he must be right.

[3] Perhaps not judicially just yet.

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Acts 22:22 In Their View This Is Hate Speech

Acts 21:20 The Sort That Change the World

Acts 21:20 (KJV)
And when they heard it, they glorified the Lord, and said unto him, Thou seest, brother, how many thousands of Jews there are which believe; and they are all zealous of the law:

I’ve heard estimates of perhaps fifty thousand believers in Jerusalem prior to Acts eight. Whether this is accurate or not, I have no way of knowing. By Acts twenty-one the believers had scattered out of Jerusalem and Paul was there specifically to bring to the poor saints an offering to relieve their distress. Upon Paul’s arrival he is informed of “how many thousands of Jews … which believe”.

There is no way of knowing how many thousands there were. Later in the chapter, vs thirty-eight, we will hear of four thousand “murderers.” Apparently four thousand was not that great a number.

What strikes me is that: 

  • There were thousands of Jews without number which believed, yet they still required an offering from the Gentile world
  • There were thousands of Jews without number which believed, yet they couldn’t protect Paul in the Temple
  • There were thousands of Jews without number which believed, but they were so unsound doctrinally that Paul was compelled to offer a vow

Large numbers of professing believers is not the answer to our world’s trouble. Better to have a very small number who are sound in faith and wholly surrendered to Christ.

These are the sort that turn the world upside down.

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Acts 21:20 The Sort That Change the World

Acts 20:3 Forced to Flee, Not to Quit

Acts 20:3 (KJV)
And there abode three months. And when the Jews laid wait for him, as he was about to sail into Syria, he purposed to return through Macedonia.

Acts 9:23-24 (KJV)
And after that many days were fulfilled, the Jews took counsel to kill him:
But their laying await was known of Saul. And they watched the gates day and night to kill him.

Acts 13:50 (KJV)
But the Jews stirred up the devout and honourable women, and the chief men of the city, and raised persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them out of their coasts.

Acts 23:12-15 (KJV)
And when it was day, certain of the Jews banded together, and bound themselves under a curse, saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul.
And they were more than forty which had made this conspiracy.
And they came to the chief priests and elders, and said, We have bound ourselves under a great curse, that we will eat nothing until we have slain Paul.
Now therefore ye with the council signify to the chief captain that he bring him down unto you to morrow, as though ye would enquire something more perfectly concerning him: and we, or ever he come near, are ready to kill him.

Acts 25:3 (KJV)
And desired favour against him, that he would send for him to Jerusalem, laying wait in the way to kill him.

How often Paul faced the problem of Jews laying wait, attempting to kill him! Yet he continued to venture into new fields, planting new churches and winning other souls. He was forced to flee on many occasions, but he was never compelled to quit.

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Acts 20:3 Forced to Flee, Not to Quit

 

Acts 19:36 We Could Use Some Reasonable Leadership

Acts 19:36 (KJV)
Seeing then that these things cannot be spoken against, ye ought to be quiet, and to do nothing rashly.

The town clerk of Ephesus was a reasonable man.

  • He was able to appease the people
  • He was able to quiet the mob spirit and
  • He was able to convince them to “do nothing rashly”

We could use some leadership like that these days. Unfortunately, it seems like both sides of the aisle (I know I am biased, but it sure looks like it is worse on the liberal side than on the conservative side) have little ability to appease the people. In many recent cases, it appears to me that the liberal side even attempts to stir up the controversy as the silversmiths did in Ephesus.

No wonder their false god is in danger. They’ve worked hard to build a temple of wantonness and socialism. If conservative ideals take root once again, as they appeared they would under the Trump administration, they are likely to see all they have worked for dismantled. They’re upset. They’ve shown it in such moves as to suggest the SCOTUS be targeted in their homes.

The town clerk of Ephesus would not have approved.

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Acts 19:36 We Could Use Some Reasonable Leadership

Acts 17:31 The Day Appointed by God

Acts 17:31 (KJV)
Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.

God has an appointed day. As a believer, my most cherished thought is that of the day appointed by God. Human history can sometimes overwhelm us with information that drowns out those thoughts. We sometimes become so obsessed with personal successes that we push away those thoughts. But the Christian, who is aware of the Word of God, keeps these thoughts at his forefront.

The appointed day is all about Jesus Christ.

  • It is by Him God judges on that day
  • It is Him God has ordained
  • It is Him God raised from the dead

The sinless life of Jesus Christ, coupled with His vicarious death, demonstrates, and proves the righteousness of God’s judgment.

The vicarious death of Christ, coupled with His resurrection, provides all men a way to escape the judgment.

  • It is the sin of man that moved God to appoint the Day of Judgment
  • It is the love of God that moved God to ordain a deliverer
  • It is the Gospel of Christ that transforms the appointed day into one of hope

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Acts 17:31 The Day Appointed by God

Acts 15:19 When Seeking God’s Will

Acts 15:19 (KJV)
Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God:

It is understood that James was not one of the Apostles but instead the pastor of the church in Jerusalem. James the Apostle had already been executed by this time. This James is believed to be the writer of the book of James and the half-brother of Jesus.[1]

The church in Jerusalem went through what appears to me to be somewhat of a “John the Baptist experience.” It decreased as the church in Antioch increased. But, at this moment, it was still the bedrock of the faith. At issue was the religious expectation to be placed upon the Gentiles who had been converted. Some of the sect of the Pharisees had believed in Christ but had not put off their old religious garments.

After hearing the sides, James, the pastor of the church in Jerusalem, gave his sentence to determine the will of God based upon:

  • The testimony of Paul and Barnabas
  • The testimony of Peter regarding the house of Cornelius
  • The testimony of the Word of God, which agreed with them and not the sect of the Pharisees

When seeking the will of God concerning a dispute:

  • Consider the testimony of others
  • Consider the agreement of Scripture and
  • Keep the sentence of your pastor

[1] Though anyone who understands the Word of God knows that is of little relevance.

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Acts 15:19 When Seeking God’s Will

Acts 10:14 Obeying God Gets Him In Trouble

Acts 10:14 (KJV)
But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean.

Boy, trying to obey the Lord can sure get us into a lot of trouble.

Here was Simon Peter. Frankly, he just wanted to worship the Lord. Then, suddenly, God told him a thing He had not yet told anyone else. It was utterly opposed to all that Peter had been raised to believe. He was to slay and eat meat the Jews considered common and unclean.

The vision was a metaphor to prepare him for what was about to happen. He would be called to go to a Gentile’s home and preach the gospel to him. Peter obeyed the Lord, but, as we see in the next chapter, he had to answer for it. Peter was confused; the other believers were confused. But this was undoubtedly the Word of God.

I see first that Peter did not accept it at first impression. God gave him the vision three times. Changes to tradition must come with much prayer, hesitation, and confirmation if they are to be made.

I see also that Peter did not go alone. After he had preached to Cornelius, and before he baptized him, he asked his witnesses for their observations and objections on whether they should “forbid water.”

These will serve Peter well when he gives his answer in the next chapter.

None of us are perfect, so spiritual growth will surely involve changing from some of the things we’ve grown up believing and practicing. I merely suggest that those changes

  • Should only happen after much prayer, fasting, and confirmation from God’s Word. (Is it really a Scriptural thing to do?)
  • Should only happen with the testimony, witness, and agreement of others of like faith and practice.
  • Should be able to stand for themselves when called to give an account of the action. 

If the impulse is to avoid speaking to people we know will challenge our change, it’s likely because we should not have made the change. But, on the other hand, if it is a scriptural change, we will be able to give an answer and probably persuade others that it is a correct change.

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Acts 10:14 Obeying God Gets Him In Trouble

Acts 9:17 Let Go of What They Used To Be

Acts 9:17 (KJV)
And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.

Ananias’ attitude toward Saul of Tarsus changed as suddenly as Saul of Tarsus’ attitude toward Christians. It’s no wonder both met the Lord.

As the account progresses, we know that not all the believers were as quick to change their attitudes. There were people, like Barnabas, who took a chance on him. Others continued to be skeptical of him. There were some who accepted him once Barnabas endorsed him. But Ananias – he went from questioning the Lord to putting his hands on Saul and referring to him as “Brother Saul.”

It is the Lord who changes our hearts and calms our fears. It is the Lord who confirms within us the relationship we may have with another of the faith.

Those who know the Lord ought to embrace others who know the Lord. We ought to let go of what people used to be and see them in the light of who God has created them to be.

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Acts 9:17 Let Go of What They Used To Be