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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.
Having obeyed the Holy Spirit’s direction to reach Macedonia with the gospel, Paul and the other members of his apostolic team have already seen fruit with Lydia’s conversion. The rest of Acts 16 is a vivid portrayal of God’s sovereign providence in orchestrating circumstances and saving sinners, and Satan’s attempts to thwart the overturning of his dark kingdom through the gospel’s impact. These twin realities provide immense instruction and encouragement for those who would take up the banner of gospel proclamation today. We will see these themes in five points. Read more
Upon His investiture with a new role of divine authority not exercised nor possessed in His humiliation, the incarnate Son of God, the resurrected Man, with all authority over heaven and earth gave His followers one last command. How does one encapsulate the richness and the sweeping nature of this final statement? For it reaches back into eternity past and stretches forward through thousands of years of history (then future), into the reaches of eternity future. Though a command for the church in its distinctive dispensation, it is rooted in the one kingdom program promised in the past and executed progressively into the future. It gives His disciples His authority to execute His will on earth, not merely to win His elect but to—in their churches and lives—manifest the glories of the full future kingdom in the inaugurated kingdom of the present, amidst the fallen kingdoms of the world, inhabited by the same “many people” whom the Lord had in Corinth (Acts 18:10). Read more
Over the last several chapters in Acts (since chapter 10, specifically), Gentiles have been entering the kingdom, via the church, in waves. Naturally, the Jewish believers who have been here from the beginning thought of themselves as the community gathered around the risen, ruling, and soon-returning Jewish Messiah—and didn’t have much of a concept of Gentiles as Gentiles joining themselves to that community. So of course there was much debate over what to do about all these ex-pagans now worshiping Jesus. They don’t know the Old Testament. They don’t know the Mosaic laws. Heavens, they don’t even flinch when they see pork offered in a sacrifice to Zeus. Acts 15 offers the apostolic answer to these issues—words from heaven about how Gentiles can come to know the God of the nations. Read more
One of the glories of the New Covenant is that believers enjoy a deeply personal and vibrant relationship with the Lord. This is accomplished through the personal indwelling of the Trinity within the soul of each regenerate believer (Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 6:19; 2 Cor. 6:16; Col. 1:27). While Old Covenant believers were not indwelt by the Spirit permanently as we are, it is a mistake to think they enjoyed no intimacy with the Lord, as many of the psalms make clear. Psalm 23 is likely the best known of these declarations, and is one of the most widely-known passages in the whole Bible. But its familiarity can make us underestimate or not appreciate its riches—and its frequent quotation at the funerals of ungodly people can make us forget that it provisions are strictly for those who know Christ and are in covenant with Him. This week’s message was an encouraging study of Psalm 23 and how it reveals our covenant-keeping God as our good Shepherd and our gracious Host. Read more
Acts 14 spans nearly the entirety of Paul’s first missionary journey. From Lystra forward we have no record of the missionary tram ministering in Jewish synagogues; it appears for at least the time being they are focusing heavily on Gentiles. This narrative also demonstrates Paul’s indomitable spirit (a gift of grace, to be sure, but his own character nonetheless), and the power of the gospel to both save and upbuild. Read more