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Because of the glorious Lord Jesus Christ, true life now—and eternal life forever—is yours to know and enjoy. What the Scripture reveals about Him is worth more than all knowledge, all riches, and all happiness in this world.
One of the greatest gifts the Lord gives to all in the New Covenant is the Holy Spirit. John MacArthur has said that in giving us the Holy Spirit, God gives us the Giver, so that we could never be without anything we could need. Indeed, a powerful verse parallel in Ephesians reveals this quite well. In 1:14 we are told the Holy Spirit is the down payment of our inheritance—He is a part of the unified whole we will one day receive. But 5:5 tells us our inheritance is in the kingdom—here, its future phases, without distinguishing much between the Millennium and the resurrected earth. Think of all that is in the kingdom, all that will be made right and enjoyed there. Because the Holy Spirit is indwelling you now, ruling and guiding and accomplishing, you can experience kingdom blessing and benefit right now. The Spirit draws the future into the present, uniting Now and Then with only a difference in degree, not kind. Have you thanked Him for this vital, gracious ministry in your life? Every answered prayer, every act of restoration, every good thing of any kind He sovereignly brings into your life is part of the fullness that will soon come. Christian, your blessings are eschatological! Read more
Fundamental to obedience is proper response to God. He is our final and ultimate authority, and to disbelieve what He teaches, refuse what He commands, and to do what He forbids is the definition of rebellion. Accountability is especially high for those who have heard the gospel and God’s other requirements which we are obligated to obey. God holds men accountable for how they respond to Him, His words, and to the Man He has appointed to judge the world on the last day (Acts 17:30). Moreover, changing attitudes in our society towards God’s authority, Biblical authority, and the fullness of His truth makes comprehensive obedience difficult. What are we to do when the elite in our culture, as well as a majority of regular people, do not cherish or obey the truths we do? Read more
Acts 13 serves as a transitional hinge in the book of Acts. Here, the focus shifts from Jerusalem to Antioch (as the latter, Gentile church becomes the primary missionary center), from Peter to Paul—and from Saul to Paul (Paul is never again referred to as Saul in the Bible, except in references to his former life). This chapter also features Paul’s first recorded miracle and first recorded sermon.
Being the center of Gentile Christianity, Antioch had much zeal for evangelistic work, as pagans who were freshly freed from bondage to the false gods wanted the world to know of the Savior for whom they joyfully waited (cf. 1 Thess. 1:9-10). Because of this missionary zeal, Acts 13 is a natural place for us to consider what makes a true missionary—and then to pray earnestly that God will raise up such people to further His salvation program today. Read more
Up to this point in Acts we have studied the unfolding of God’s eschatological plan as it relates to the salvation of the nations. While the Old Testament promised a kingdom salvation for nations besides Israel, there wasn’t a concept for individual salvation of Gentiles, apart from becoming proselytes to Judaism, nor was there a concept of this happening in the period between the first and second comings of Christ. Of course, our Lord explains in Matthew 13 that the kingdom promised in the Old Testament—the eschatological, end-times kingdom where God will actively assert His rule and restore His creation and His people from the ravages of sin—is not limited to the Millennial Empire. Rather, the kingdom will be established in stages, progressively. It is one kingdom and one program. Between His ascension and His bodily return to restore the nation of Israel and establish his thousand-year earthly reign, His kingdom would yet be inaugurated. The King would rule from heaven in an initial way, and in the time of Israel’s national exile He would turn to Gentiles to show them mercy. Read more
After Peter settles the issue of Gentile inclusion with his Jewish detractors, Luke’s narrative picks up where it left off in 8:4. Between 8:5 and 11:19 is essentially a large parenthesis, detailing aspects of how the gospel was applicable and welcoming to Samaritans, Africans, and Roman soldiers and their families—all of them Gentiles or at least half-Jews—as well as the conversion and commissioning of Christianity’s greatest human enemy, the Apostle Paul. This is not merely good history; it is a literary device used to set up what will follow in the rest of the book of Acts. Having given the historical and theological context for the rest of the book, Luke resumes his discussion of the ministries of those scattered due to Stephen’s persecution—this time, with the great persecutor having become an irreplaceable ally. Read more