Timothy Joins Paul and Silas
1Paul16:1 Greek He came also to Derbe and to Lystra. A disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, but his father was a Greek. 2He was well spoken of by the brothers16:2 Or brothers and sisters; also verse 40 at Lystra and Iconium. 3Paul wanted Timothy to accompany him, and he took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in those places, for they all knew that his father was a Greek. 4As they went on their way through the cities, they delivered to them for observance the decisions that had been reached by the apostles and elders who were in Jerusalem. 5So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and they increased in numbers daily.
The Macedonian Call
6And they went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia. 7And when they had come up to Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them. 8So, passing by Mysia, they went down to Troas. 9And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing there, urging him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” 10And when Paul16:10 Greek he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go on into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.
The Conversion of Lydia
11So, setting sail from Troas, we made a direct voyage to Samothrace, and the following day to Neapolis, 12and from there to Philippi, which is a leading city of the16:12 Or that district of Macedonia and a Roman colony. We remained in this city some days. 13And on the Sabbath day we went outside the gate to the riverside, where we supposed there was a place of prayer, and we sat down and spoke to the women who had come together. 14One who heard us was a woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple goods, who was a worshipper of God. The Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul. 15And after she was baptized, and her household as well, she urged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay.” And she prevailed upon us.
Paul and Silas in Prison
16As we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners much gain by fortune-telling. 17She followed Paul and us, crying out, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to you the way of salvation.” 18And this she kept doing for many days. Paul, having become greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And it came out that very hour.
19But when her owners saw that their hope of gain was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the market-place before the rulers. 20And when they had brought them to the magistrates, they said, “These men are Jews, and they are disturbing our city. 21They advocate customs that are not lawful for us as Romans to accept or practise.” 22The crowd joined in attacking them, and the magistrates tore the garments off them and gave orders to beat them with rods. 23And when they had inflicted many blows upon them, they threw them into prison, ordering the jailer to keep them safely. 24Having received this order, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks.
The Philippian Jailer Converted
25About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, 26and suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. And immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone's bonds were unfastened. 27When the jailer woke and saw that the prison doors were open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped. 28But Paul cried with a loud voice, “Do not harm yourself, for we are all here.” 29And the jailer16:29 Greek he called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he fell down before Paul and Silas. 30Then he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” 32And they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. 33And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their wounds; and he was baptized at once, he and all his family. 34Then he brought them up into his house and set food before them. And he rejoiced along with his entire household that he had believed in God.
35But when it was day, the magistrates sent the police, saying, “Let those men go.” 36And the jailer reported these words to Paul, saying, “The magistrates have sent to let you go. Therefore come out now and go in peace.” 37But Paul said to them, “They have beaten us publicly, uncondemned, men who are Roman citizens, and have thrown us into prison; and do they now throw us out secretly? No! Let them come themselves and take us out.” 38The police reported these words to the magistrates, and they were afraid when they heard that they were Roman citizens. 39So they came and apologized to them. And they took them out and asked them to leave the city. 40So they went out of the prison and visited Lydia. And when they had seen the brothers, they encouraged them and departed.
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Chapter 17:24-29 (ESV) - The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, for
“‘In him we live and move and have our being’;
as even some of your own poets have said,
“‘For we are indeed his offspring.’
Being then God's offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man.
Question to consider: Why does Paul quote Greek poets instead of scripture to the Areopagus?
Traditionally, the Greeks believed that the world was born out of the union of Gaea (Earth) and Chaos (the void of space) made possible by Eros (love). All other aspects of life and matter came about by the descendents of these gods. However, Paul challenged their tradition by proclaiming the Agnostos Theos (unknown god) to the men at the Areopagus as The God who made the world and everything in it. This God does not live in man made temples, and He has no need of men since He gave them life and breath and everything.
Unlike their fickle and self-serving gods, Paul proclaimed that the Agnostos Theos is actively and sovereignly working out the circumstances in peoples’ lives so that they would seek and find Him though He is not far from each one of us. He then appealed to the revealer of the unknown god, Epimenides, to establish this point.
Paul followed it up with a quote from Aratus which referred to us as God’s offspring to make the point that worshiping something made by men out of silver or gold or stone does not even make sense. In doing this, Paul was using their secular culture to prove scriptural truths, and relying on the Holy Spirit to open their ears and make room for the last part of his message which would be law and gospel.
In the church, we refer to Paul’s form of argumentation as Apologetics or giving a defense of the faith. Paul recognized that the law of God is written on our hearts so even if someone does not know the scriptures, they have a form of the law by which they innately live. He summarizes this in Romans 2:14-15, “ For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them.”
If you are going to use the secular to point to the eternal, however, it’s important to fully understand your reference. Instead of watching a movie or listening to a song merely to be entertained, we should seek to understand the meanings and motives behind them. Everything is presented with a view of the world. We should become adept at recognizing those views and be able to compare and contrast them with the Word of God.
Dear heavenly father we thank You for sovereignly determining the times and places in which we live so that we would seek You. Give us eyes to see Your hand in our lives and ears to hear Your message of repentance and forgiveness through Christ. As we are immersed in a culture that is moving farther and farther away from You, help us to understand its message in a way that we can use it as a light to bring them back to Your truth. Amen.
Paul’s Defense Before Agrippa
2 “Iconsidermyselffortunatethatitisbeforeyou,KingAgrippa,IamgoingtomakemydefensetodaymagainstalltheaccusationsoftheJews,3 especiallybecauseyouarefamiliarwithallthencustomsandocontroversiesoftheJews.ThereforeIbegyoutolistentomepatiently.
4 p“Mymanneroflifefrommyyouth,spentfromthebeginningamongqmyownnationandinJerusalem,isknownbyalltheJews.5 Theyhaveknownforalongtime,iftheyarewillingtotestify,thatraccordingtothestrictestspartyofourtreligionIhavelivedasuaPharisee.6 AndnowIstandhereontrialbecauseofmyhopeinvthepromisemadebyGodtoourfathers,7 wtowhichxourtwelvetribeshopetoyattain,astheyearnestlyworshipnightandday.AndforthishopezIamaccusedbyJews,Oking!8 WhyisitthoughtaincrediblebyanyofyouthatGodraisesthedead?
9 b“ImyselfwasconvincedthatIoughttodomanythingsinopposingthenameofcJesusofNazareth.10 dAndIdidsoinJerusalem.Inotonlylockedupmanyofthesaintsinprisonafterreceivingauthorityefromthechiefpriests,butfwhentheywereputtodeathIcastmyvoteagainstthem.11 AndgIpunishedthemofteninallthesynagoguesandtriedtomakethemhblaspheme,andiinragingfuryagainstthemIjpersecutedthemeventoforeigncities.
Paul Tells of His Conversion
12 “InthisconnectionkIjourneyedtoDamascuswiththeauthorityandcommissionofthechiefpriests.13 Atmidday,Oking,Isawonthewayalightfromheaven,brighterthanthesun,thatshonearoundmeandthosewhojourneyedwithme.14 Andwhenwehadallfallentotheground,IheardavoicesayingtomelintheHebrewlanguage,‘Saul,Saul,whyareyoupersecutingme?Itishardforyoutokickagainstthegoads.’15 AndIsaid,‘Whoareyou,Lord?’AndtheLordsaid,‘IamJesuswhomyouarepersecuting.16 Butriseandmstanduponyourfeet,forIhaveappearedtoyouforthispurpose,ntoappointyouasaservantandwitnesstothethingsinwhichyouhaveseenmeandtothoseinwhichIwillappeartoyou,17 odeliveringyoufromyourpeopleandfromtheGentiles—ptowhomIqamsendingyou18 rtoopentheireyes,sothattheymayturnfromdarknesstolightandfromsthepowerofSatantoGod,thattheymayreceivetforgivenessofsinsanduaplaceamongthosewhoaresanctifiedvbyfaithinme.’
19 “Therefore,OKingAgrippa,Iwasnotdisobedienttowtheheavenlyvision,20 butdeclaredfirstxtothoseinDamascus,ytheninJerusalemandthroughoutalltheregionofJudea,andalsoztotheGentiles,thattheyshouldarepentandbturntoGod,performingdeedscinkeepingwiththeirrepentance.21 ForthisreasondtheJewsseizedmeinthetempleandtriedtokillme.22 eTothisdayIhavehadthehelpthatcomesfromGod,andsofIstandheretestifyingbothtosmallandgreat,sayingnothingbutwhatgtheprophetsandMosessaidwouldcometopass:23 hthattheChristimustsufferandthat,jbybeingthefirstktorisefromthedead,lhewouldproclaimmlightbothtoourpeopleandtotheGentiles.”
24 Andashewassayingthesethingsinhisdefense,Festussaidwithaloudvoice,“Paul,nyouareoutofyourmind;yourgreatlearningisdrivingyououtofyourmind.”25 ButPaulsaid,“Iamnotoutofmymind,omostexcellentFestus,butIamspeakingptrueandqrationalwords.26 Forrthekingknowsaboutthesethings,andtohimIspeakboldly.ForIampersuadedthatnoneofthesethingshasescapedhisnotice,forthishasnotbeendoneinacorner.27 KingAgrippa,doyoubelievetheprophets?Iknowthatyoubelieve.”28 AndAgrippasaidtoPaul,“InashorttimewouldyoupersuademetobesaChristian?”29 AndPaulsaid,“Whethershortorlong,IwouldtoGodthatnotonlyyoubutalsoallwhohearmethisdaytmightbecomesuchasIam—exceptforuthesechains.”
30 Thenthekingrose,andvthegovernorandBerniceandthosewhoweresittingwiththem.31 Andwhentheyhadwithdrawn,theysaidtooneanother,w“Thismanisdoingnothingtodeservedeathorimprisonment.”32 AndAgrippasaidtoFestus,x“ThismancouldhavebeensetyfreeifhehadnotappealedztoCaesar.”
Paul Sails for Rome
27 AndwhenitwasdecidedathatbweshouldsailforItaly,theydeliveredPaulandsomeotherprisonerstoacenturionoftheAugustancCohortnamedJulius.2 AndembarkinginashipofAdramyttium,whichwasabouttosailtotheportsalongthecoastofAsia,weputtosea,accompaniedbydAristarchus,aMacedonianfromThessalonica.3 ThenextdayweputinatSidon.AndeJuliusftreatedPaulkindlyandggavehimleavetogotohisfriendsandbecaredfor.4 AndputtingouttoseafromtherewesailedundertheleeofCyprus,becausethewindswereagainstus.5 AndwhenwehadsailedacrosstheopenseaalongthecoastofCiliciaandPamphylia,wecametoMyrainLycia.6 TherethecenturionfoundhashipofAlexandriasailingforItalyandputusonboard.7 WesailedslowlyforanumberofdaysandarrivedwithdifficultyoffCnidus,andasthewinddidnotallowustogofarther,wesailedundertheleeofCreteoffSalmone.8 Coastingalongitwithdifficulty,wecametoaplacecalledFairHavens,nearwhichwasthecityofLasea.
9 Sincemuchtimehadpassed,andthevoyagewasnowdangerousbecauseevenitheFastwasalreadyover,Pauladvisedthem,10 saying,“Sirs,Iperceivethatthevoyagewillbewithjinjuryandmuchloss,notonlyofthecargoandtheship,butalsoofourlives.”11 ButthecenturionpaidmoreattentiontokthepilotandtotheowneroftheshipthantowhatPaulsaid.12 Andbecausetheharborwasnotsuitabletospendthewinterin,themajoritydecidedtoputouttoseafromthere,onthechancethatsomehowtheycouldreachPhoenix,aharborofCrete,facingbothsouthwestandnorthwest,andspendthewinterthere.
The Storm at Sea
13 Nowwhenthesouthwindblewgently,supposingthattheyhadobtainedtheirpurpose,theyweighedanchorandsailedalongCrete,closetotheshore.14 Butsoonatempestuouswind,calledthenortheaster,lstruckdownfromtheland.15 Andwhentheshipwascaughtandcouldnotfacethewind,wegavewaytoitandweredrivenalong.16 RunningundertheleeofasmallislandcalledCauda,wemanagedwithdifficultytosecuretheship’sboat.17 Afterhoistingitup,theyusedsupportstoundergirdtheship.Then,fearingthattheywouldmrunagroundontheSyrtis,theyloweredthegear,andthustheyweredrivenalong.18 Sincewewereviolentlystorm-tossed,theybeganthenextdayntojettisonthecargo.19 Andonthethirddaytheythrewtheship’stackleoverboardwiththeirownhands.20 Whenneithersunnorstarsappearedformanydays,andnosmalltempestlayonus,allhopeofourbeingsavedwasatlastabandoned.
21 Sincetheyhadbeenwithoutfoodforalongtime,Paulstoodupamongthemandsaid,“Men,oyoushouldhavelistenedtomeandnothavesetsailfromCreteandincurredthisoinjuryandloss.22 YetnowIurgeyoutoptakeheart,fortherewillbenolossoflifeamongyou,butonlyoftheship.23 ForthisverynightqthererstoodbeforemesanangeloftheGodttowhomIbelonganduwhomIworship,24 andhesaid,‘Donotbeafraid,Paul;vyoumuststandbeforeCaesar.Andbehold,wGodhasgrantedyouallthosewhosailwithyou.’25 Sotakeheart,men,forIhavefaithinGodthatitwillbeexactlyasIhavebeentold.26 Butxwemustyrunagroundonsomeisland.”
27 Whenthefourteenthnighthadcome,aswewerebeingdrivenacrosstheAdriaticSea,aboutmidnightthesailorssuspectedthattheywerenearingland.28 Sotheytookasoundingandfoundtwentyfathoms.Alittlefartherontheytookasoundingagainandfoundfifteenfathoms.29 Andfearingthatwemightzrunontherocks,theyletdownfouranchorsfromthesternandprayedfordaytocome.30 Andasthesailorswereseekingtoescapefromtheship,andhadloweredatheship’sboatintotheseaunderpretenseoflayingoutanchorsfromthebow,31 Paulsaidtothecenturionandthesoldiers,“Unlessthesemenstayintheship,youcannotbesaved.”32 Thenthesoldierscutawaytheropesoftheship’sboatandletitgo.
33 Asdaywasabouttodawn,Paulurgedthemalltotakesomefood,saying,“Todayisthefourteenthdaythatyouhavecontinuedinsuspenseandwithoutfood,havingtakennothing.34 ThereforeIurgeyoutotakesomefood.Foritwillgiveyoustrength,forbnotahairistoperishfromtheheadofanyofyou.”35 Andwhenhehadsaidthesethings,hetookbread,andcgivingthankstoGodinthepresenceofallhebrokeitandbegantoeat.36 Thentheyalldwereencouragedandatesomefoodthemselves.37 (Wewereinall276epersonsintheship.)38 Andwhentheyhadeatenenough,theylightenedtheship,fthrowingoutthewheatintothesea.
39 Nowwhenitwasday,gtheydidnotrecognizetheland,buttheynoticedabaywithabeach,onwhichtheyplannedifpossibletoruntheshipashore.40 Sotheycastofftheanchorsandlefttheminthesea,atthesametimelooseningtheropesthattiedtherudders.Thenhoistingtheforesailtothewindtheymadeforthebeach.41 Butstrikingareef,htheyranthevesselaground.Thebowstuckandremainedimmovable,andthesternwasbeingbrokenupbythesurf.42 iThesoldiers’planwastokilltheprisoners,lestanyshouldswimawayandescape.43 Butthecenturion,jwishingtosavePaul,keptthemfromcarryingouttheirplan.Heorderedthosewhocouldswimtojumpoverboardfirstandmakefortheland,44 andtherestonplanksoronpiecesoftheship.Andsoitwasthatkallwerebroughtsafelytoland.
Paul on Malta
28 Afterwewerebroughtsafelythrough,lwethenlearnedthatmtheislandwascalledMalta.2 nThenativepeopleshowedusunusualokindness,fortheykindledafireandwelcomedusall,becauseithadbeguntorainandwascold.3 WhenPaulhadgatheredabundleofsticksandputthemonthefire,avipercameoutbecauseoftheheatandfastenedonhishand.4 Whenpthenativepeoplesawthecreaturehangingfromhishand,theysaidtooneanother,q“Nodoubtthismanisamurderer.Thoughhehasescapedfromthesea,rJusticehasnotallowedhimtolive.”5 He,however,sshookoffthecreatureintothefireandsufferednoharm.6 Theywerewaitingforhimtoswelluporsuddenlyfalldowndead.Butwhentheyhadwaitedalongtimeandsawnomisfortunecometohim,ttheychangedtheirmindsandusaidthathewasagod.
7 Nowintheneighborhoodofthatplacewerelandsbelongingtothechiefmanoftheisland,namedPublius,whoreceivedusandentertainedushospitablyforthreedays.8 IthappenedthatthefatherofPubliuslaysickwithfeveranddysentery.AndPaulvisitedhimandvprayed,andwputtinghishandsonhim,healedhim.9 Andwhenthishadtakenplace,therestofthepeopleontheislandwhohaddiseasesalsocameandwerecured.10 Theyalsohonoredusgreatly,andwhenwewereabouttosail,theyputonboardwhateverweneeded.
Paul Arrives at Rome
11 Afterthreemonthswesetsailinxashipthathadwinteredintheisland,ashipofAlexandria,withthetwingodsasafigurehead.12 PuttinginatSyracuse,westayedthereforthreedays.13 AndfromtherewemadeacircuitandarrivedatRhegium.Andafteronedayasouthwindsprangup,andontheseconddaywecametoPuteoli.14 Therewefoundybrothersandwereinvitedtostaywiththemforsevendays.AndsowecametoRome.15 Andythebrothersthere,whentheyheardaboutus,cameasfarastheForumofAppiusandThreeTavernstomeetus.Onseeingthem,zPaulthankedGodandtookcourage.16 AndwhenwecameintoRome,aPaulwasallowedtostaybyhimself,withthesoldierwhoguardedhim.
Paul in Rome
17 AfterthreedayshecalledtogetherthelocalleadersoftheJews,andwhentheyhadgathered,hesaidtothem,“Brothers,bthoughIhaddonenothingagainstourpeopleorcthecustomsofourfathers,yetIwasdeliveredasaprisonerfromJerusalemintothehandsoftheRomans.18 Whentheyhadexaminedme,theydwishedtosetmeatliberty,ebecausetherewasnoreasonforthedeathpenaltyinmycase.19 ButbecausetheJewsobjected,IwascompelledftoappealtoCaesar—thoughIhadnochargetobringagainstgmynation.20 Forthisreason,therefore,Ihaveaskedtoseeyouandspeakwithyou,sinceitishbecauseofithehopeofIsraelthatIamwearingjthiskchain.”21 Andtheysaidtohim,“WehavereceivednolettersfromJudeaaboutyou,andnoneoflthebrotherscomingherehasreportedorspokenanyevilaboutyou.22 Butwedesiretohearfromyouwhatyourviewsare,forwithregardtothismsectweknowthateverywherenitisspokenagainst.”
23 Whentheyhadappointedadayforhim,theycametohimathislodgingingreaternumbers.Frommorningtilleveningoheexpoundedtothem,testifyingtopthekingdomofGodandqtryingtoconvincethemaboutJesusrbothfromtheLawofMosesandfromtheProphets.24 Andssomewereconvincedbywhathesaid,butothersdisbelieved.25 Anddisagreeingamongthemselves,theydepartedafterPaulhadmadeonestatement:t“TheHolySpiritwasrightinsayingtoyourfathersthroughIsaiahtheprophet:
30 Helivedtheretwowholeyearsathisownexpense,andcwelcomedallwhocametohim,31 dproclaimingethekingdomofGodandteachingabouttheLordJesusChristfwithallboldnessandgwithouthindrance.
1 Paul,aaservantofChristJesus,bcalledtobeanapostle,csetapartforthegospelofGod,2 whichdhepromisedbeforehandethroughhisprophetsintheholyScriptures,3 concerninghisSon,fwhowasdescendedfromDavidgaccordingtotheflesh4 andhwasdeclaredtobetheSonofGodiinpoweraccordingtotheSpiritofholinessbyhisresurrectionfromthedead,JesusChristourLord,5 throughwhomjwehavereceivedgraceandkapostleshipltobringabouttheobedienceoffaithforthesakeofhisnamemamongallthenations,6 includingyouwhoarencalledtobelongtoJesusChrist,
Longing to Go to Rome
8 First,pIthankmyGodthroughJesusChristforallofyou,qbecauseyourfaithisproclaimedinalltheworld.9 rForGodismywitness,swhomIservewithmyspiritinthegospelofhisSon,tthatwithoutceasingImentionyou10 alwaysinmyprayers,askingthatsomehowubyGod’swillImaynowatlastsucceedincomingtoyou.11 ForvIlongtoseeyou,thatImayimparttoyousomespiritualgifttostrengthenyou—12 thatis,thatwemaybemutuallyencouragedwbyeachother’sfaith,bothyoursandmine.13 Idonotwantyoutobeunaware,brothers,thatxIhaveoftenintendedtocometoyou(butythusfarhavebeenprevented),inorderthatImayreapsomezharvestamongyouaswellasamongtherestoftheGentiles.14 aIamunderobligationbothtoGreeksandtobbarbarians,bothtothewiseandtothefoolish.15 SoIameagertopreachthegospeltoyoualsowhoareinRome.
The Righteous Shall Live by Faith
16 FordIamnotashamedofthegospel,foritisethepowerofGodforsalvationtoeveryonewhobelieves,totheJewffirstandalsotogtheGreek.17 ForiniththerighteousnessofGodisrevealedifromfaithforfaith,jasitiswritten,“Therighteousshalllivebyfaith.”
God’s Wrath on Unrighteousness
18 ForkthewrathofGodlisrevealedfromheavenagainstallungodlinessandunrighteousnessofmen,whobytheirunrighteousnesssuppressthetruth.19 ForwhatcanbemknownaboutGodisplaintothem,becauseGodhasshownittothem.20 Forhisinvisibleattributes,namely,hiseternalpoweranddivinenature,nhavebeenclearlyperceived,eversincethecreationoftheworld,inthethingsthathavebeenmade.Sotheyarewithoutexcuse.21 ForalthoughtheyknewGod,theydidnothonorhimasGodorgivethankstohim,buttheyobecamefutileintheirthinking,andtheirfoolishheartsweredarkened.22 pClaimingtobewise,theybecamefools,23 andqexchangedthegloryofrtheimmortalGodforimagesresemblingmortalmanandbirdsandanimalsandcreepingthings.
24 ThereforesGodgavethemupinthelustsoftheirheartstoimpurity,totthedishonoringoftheirbodiesamongthemselves,25 becausetheyexchangedthetruthaboutGodforualieandworshipedandservedthecreatureratherthantheCreator,vwhoisblessedforever!Amen.
26 ForthisreasonwGodgavethemuptoxdishonorablepassions.Fortheirwomenexchangednaturalrelationsforthosethatarecontrarytonature;27 andthemenlikewisegaveupnaturalrelationswithwomenandwereconsumedwithpassionforoneanother,ymencommittingshamelessactswithmenandreceivinginthemselvestheduepenaltyfortheirerror.
28 AndsincetheydidnotseefittoacknowledgeGod,zGodgavethemuptoaadebasedmindtodobwhatoughtnottobedone.29 Theywerefilledwithallmannerofunrighteousness,evil,covetousness,malice.Theyarefullofenvy,murder,strife,deceit,maliciousness.Theyaregossips,30 slanderers,hatersofGod,insolent,haughty,boastful,inventorsofevil,disobedienttoparents,31 foolish,faithless,heartless,ruthless.32 ThoughtheyknowcGod’srighteousdecreethatthosewhopracticesuchthingsddeservetodie,theynotonlydothembutegiveapprovaltothosewhopracticethem.
God’s Righteous Judgment
2 Thereforeyouhavefnoexcuse,Oman,everyoneofyouwhojudges.Forginpassingjudgmentonanotheryoucondemnyourself,becauseyou,thejudge,practicetheverysamethings.2 WeknowthatthejudgmentofGodrightlyfallsonthosewhopracticesuchthings.3 Doyousuppose,Oman—youwhojudgethosewhopracticesuchthingsandyetdothemyourself—thatyouwillescapethejudgmentofGod?4 Ordoyoupresumeonhtherichesofhiskindnessandiforbearanceandjpatience,knotknowingthatGod’skindnessismeanttoleadyoutorepentance?5 ButbecauseofyourhardandimpenitentheartyouarelstoringupmwrathforyourselfonthedayofwrathwhenGod’srighteousjudgmentwillberevealed.
6 nHewillrendertoeachoneaccordingtohisworks:7 tothosewhoobypatienceinwell-doingseekforgloryandhonorandimmortality,hewillgiveeternallife;8 butforthosewhoareself-seekingandpdonotobeythetruth,butobeyunrighteousness,therewillbewrathandfury.9 Therewillbetribulationanddistressqforeveryhumanbeingwhodoesevil,theJewrfirstandalsotheGreek,10 butgloryandhonorandspeaceforeveryonewhodoesgood,ttheJewfirstandalsotheGreek.11 ForuGodshowsnopartiality.
God’s Judgment and the Law
12 Forallwhohavesinnedvwithoutthelawwillalsoperishwithoutthelaw,andallwhohavesinnedunderthelawwillbejudgedbythelaw.13 ForwitisnotthehearersofthelawwhoarerighteousbeforeGod,butthedoersofthelawwhowillbejustified.14 ForwhenGentiles,whodonothavethelaw,xbynaturedowhatthelawrequires,theyarealawtothemselves,eventhoughtheydonothavethelaw.15 Theyshowthattheworkofthelawisywrittenontheirhearts,whiletheirconsciencealsobearswitness,andtheirconflictingthoughtsaccuseorevenexcusethem16 zonthatdaywhen,aaccordingtomygospel,GodjudgesbthesecretsofmencbyChristJesus.
17 ButifyoucallyourselfaJewanddrelyonthelawandboastinGod18 andknowhiswillandapprovewhatisexcellent,becauseyouareinstructedfromthelaw;19 andifyouaresurethatyouyourselfareeaguidetotheblind,alighttothosewhoareindarkness,20 aninstructorofthefoolish,ateacherofchildren,havinginthelawftheembodimentofgknowledgeandtruth—21 hyouthenwhoteachothers,doyounotteachyourself?Whileyoupreachagainststealing,doyousteal?22 Youwhosaythatonemustnotcommitadultery,doyoucommitadultery?Youwhoabhoridols,doyouirobtemples?23 YouwhojboastinthelawkdishonorGodbybreakingthelaw.24 For,lasitiswritten,“ThenameofGodisblasphemedmamongtheGentilesbecauseofyou.”
25 Forcircumcisionindeedisofvaluenifyouobeythelaw,butifyoubreakthelaw,yourcircumcisionbecomesuncircumcision.26 So,ifoamanwhoisuncircumcisedkeepspthepreceptsofthelaw,willnothisuncircumcisionberegardedascircumcision?27 Thenhewhoisphysicallyuncircumcisedbutkeepsthelawqwillcondemnyouwhohaverthewrittencodeandcircumcisionbutbreakthelaw.28 ForsnooneisaJewtwhoismerelyoneoutwardly,noriscircumcisionoutwardandphysical.29 ButaJewisoneuinwardly,andvcircumcisionisamatteroftheheart,bytheSpirit,notbytheletter.wHispraiseisnotfrommanbutfromGod.
The Council's Letter to Gentile Believers
28For it has seemed good g to the Holy Spirit and h to us i to lay on you no greater burden than these requirements:29j that you abstain from k what has been sacrificed to idols, and from blood, and from what has been strangled, and from sexual immorality. If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well. Farewell."
- Cross References
And God, who knows the heart, bore witness to them, by giving them the Holy Spirit just as he did to us.
And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.
When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.
1 Corinthians 7:40
Yet in my judgment she is happier if she remains as she is. And I think that I too have the Spirit of God.
- Cross References
Therefore my judgment is that we should not trouble those of the Gentiles who turn to God.
- Cross References
Now, therefore, why are you putting God to the test by placing a yoke on the neck of the disciples that neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear?
But to the rest of you in Thyatira, who do not hold this teaching, who have not learned what some call the deep things of Satan, to you I say, I do not lay on you any other burden.
- Cross References
But should write to them to abstain from the things polluted by idols, and from sexual immorality, and from what has been strangled, and from blood.
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But as for the Gentiles who have believed, we h...
1 Corinthians 8:1
Now concerning food offered to idols: we know t...
1 Corinthians 8:4
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1 Corinthians 8:7
However, not all possess this knowledge. But so...
1 Corinthians 8:10
For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eatin...
1 Corinthians 10:19
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29 “Brothers, I may say to you with confidence about tthe patriarch David uthat he both died and vwas buried, and whis tomb is with us to this day.
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Acts 2:29 — The New International Version (NIV)
29 “Fellow Israelites, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day.
Acts 2:29 — King James Version (KJV 1900)
29 Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day.
Acts 2:29 — New Living Translation (NLT)
29 “Dear brothers, think about this! You can be sure that the patriarch David wasn’t referring to himself, for he died and was buried, and his tomb is still here among us.
Acts 2:29 — The New King James Version (NKJV)
29 “Men and brethren, let me speak freely to you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his tomb is with us to this day.
Acts 2:29 — New Century Version (NCV)
29 “Brothers and sisters, I can tell you truly that David, our ancestor, died and was buried. His grave is still here with us today.
Acts 2:29 — American Standard Version (ASV 1901)
29 Brethren, I may say unto you freely of the patriarch David, that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us unto this day.
Acts 2:29 — 1890 Darby Bible (DARBY)
29 Brethren, let it be allowed to speak with freedom to you concerning the patriarch David, that he has both died and been buried, and his monument is amongst us unto this day.
Acts 2:29 — GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)
29 “Brothers, I can tell you confidently that our ancestor David died and was buried and that his tomb is here to this day.
Acts 2:29 — The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
29 “Brothers, I can confidently speak to you about the patriarch David: He is both dead and buried, and his tomb is with us to this day.
Acts 2:29 — The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
29 “Fellow Israelites, I may say to you confidently of our ancestor David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day.
Acts 2:29 — The Lexham English Bible (LEB)
29 “Men and brothers, it is possible to speak with confidence to you about the patriarch David, that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us until this day.
Acts 2:29 — New International Reader’s Version (NIrV)
29 “Brothers, you can be sure that King David died. He was buried. His tomb is still here today.
Acts 2:29 — New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (NASB95)
29 “Brethren, I mayconfidentlysay to you regarding the patriarchDavid that he bothdied and was buried, and his tomb is with us to thisday.
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“For by you I can run against a troop, and by my God I can leap over a wall.”Psalm 18:29, ESV
Friends, the great heroes of the Bible impress us with their strength of their confidence and depth of their faith. And as God’s Word tells us, you can do the same great things they did, because you have the same God in you! King David was supremely confident in God – firm in the knowledge God would give him the strength to overcome his obstacles. Philippians 4:13 says you can accomplish anything through the power of Christ in your heart.
We hope this will encourage you to take a stand for God. Don’t ever think that God did great things only for people in the days of the Bible. That same powerful God can help you jump over a wall in your life today! Just give Him an opportunity and you’ll see just how awesome and powerful He is.
Prayer for Today:
God, thank You for the invincible and unexplainable power which You have placed within me through Christ. My deepest desire today is to be confident in Your power. In Jesus’ Name. Amen
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