“Jesus, A Miracle Worker”/In Thessalonica and In Berea

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

This Holiday Season is almost over and I have to admit that at one point I was hoping that it would be over.  And then I remembered what Christmas is all about, the real reason for the season and I had to stop and pray and thank God for His Son, Jesus the Christ.  I was renewed in my spirit and able to complete those things that needed to be done (within the scope of my abilities).  I was also surprised that there are still people out there that do not believe.  I was careful not to overdue it when discussing their unbelief.  For it is written in John 6:44, No man can come to Me, except the Father which hath sent Me draw him:  and I will raise him up at the last day.   And I believe that there is a season or time for Apologetics (Justification).  Here’s hoping your Holiday Season continues throughout the year and every year because of what our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ has done for us.  Amen.

“In Thessalonica”, Acts 17:1) Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the Jews:  2) And Paul as his manner was, went in unto them, and three Sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures, 3) Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you is Christ (One Who has been anointed).  Psalm 22.  4) And some of them believed, and consorted with Paul and Silas; and of the devout Greeks a great multitude, and of the chief women not a few.  Acts 28:24.  5) But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took unto them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, and gathered a company, and set all the city on an uproar, and assaulted the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people.  Romans 16:21.  6) And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also;  1Kings 18:17.  7) Whom Jason hath received:  and these all do contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another King, One Jesus.  8) And they troubled the people and the rulers of the city, when they heard these things.  9) And when they had taken security of Jason, and of the other, they let them go.  10) And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea:  who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.  

Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary – v1-9, The drift and scope of Paul’s preaching and arguing, was to prove that Jesus is the Christ.  He must needs suffer for us, because He could not otherwise purchase our redemption for us;  and He must needs have risen again, because He could not otherwise apply the redemption to us.  We are to preach concerning Jesus that He is Christ; therefore we may hope to be saved by Him, and are bound to be ruled by Him.  The unbelieving Jews were angry, because the Apostles preached to the Gentiles, that they might be saved.  How strange it is, that men should grudge others the privileges they will not themselves accept.  We have no fear of the increase of real Christians only of those with evil spirits.  Of such let us beware, while we claim our right to worship God.  Amen. 

“In Berea”, Acts 17: 11) These were more noble that those in Thessalonica, in that they received the Word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.  12) Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women  which were Greeks, and of men, not a few.  13) But when the Jews of Thessalonica had knowledge that the Word of God was preached of Paul at Berea, they came thither also, and stirred up the people.  Luke 11:52; 1Thessalonians 2:15.  14) And then immediately the brethren sent away Paul to go as it were to the sea:  but Silas and Timotheus abode there still.  15) And they that conducted Paul brought him unto Athens:  and receiving a commandment unto Silas and Timotheus for to come to him with all speed, they departed.  

Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary – v11-15, The Jews in Berea applied seriously to the study of the Word preached unto them.  They not only heard Paul preach on the Sabbath, but daily searched the Scriptures, and compared what they read with the facts related to them.  The doctrine (teaching) of Christ does not fear inquiry:  advocates for His cause desire no more than that people will fully and fairly examine whether things are so or not.  May all the hearers of the Gospel become like those of Berea.

More to come and God Bless You.

     

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