“Jesus, A Miracle Worker”/In Corinth

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

“In Corinth”, Acts 18:1) After these things Paul departed from Athens, and came to Corinth:  2) And found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla; (because that Claudius had commanded all Jews to depart from Rome:) and came unto them.  1Corinthians 16:19.   3) And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them, and wrought:  for by their occupation they were tentmakers.  4) And he reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks.  5) And when Silas and Timotheus were come from Macedonia, Paul was pressed in the spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus was Christ.  6) And when they opposed themselves, and blasphemed, he shook his raiment, and said unto them, Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean:  from henceforth I will go unto the Gentiles.  Ezekiel 33:4; Acts 28:28.  7) And he departed thence, and entered into a certain man’s house, named Justus, one that worshipped God, whose house joined hard to the synagogue.  8) And Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his house; and many of the Corinthians hearing believed, and were baptized.  9) Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not they peace:  10) For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee:  for I have much people in this city.  Jeremiah 1:18;  Matthew 28:20.  11) And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the Word of God among them.  12) And when Gallio was the deputy of Achaia, the Jews made insurrection with one accord against Paul, and brought him to the judgment seat,  13) Saying, This fellow persuadeth men to worship God contrary to the law.  14) And when Paul was now about to open his mouth, Gallio said unto the Jews, If it were a matter of wrong or wicked lewdness, O ye Jews, reason would that I should bear with you:  15) But if it be a question of words and names, and of your law, look ye to it; for I will be no judge of such matters 16) And he drave them from the judgment seat.  17) Then all the Greeks took Sosthenes, the chief ruler of the synagogue, and beat him before the judgment seat.  And Gallio cared for none of those things.  1Corinthians 1:1. 

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v1-6, Though Paul was entitled to support from the churches he planted, and from the people to whom he preached, ye he worked at his calling. An honest trade, by which a man may get his bread, is not to be looked upon with contempt by any.  It was the custom of the Jews to bring up their children to some trade, though they gave them learning or estates.  The love of Christ is the best bond of the saints; and the communing of the saints with each other.  Most of the Jews persisted in contradicting the Gospel of Christ, and blasphemed.  They would not themselves believe, and did all they could to keep others from believing.  The Jews could not complain, for they had the first offer.  When some oppose the Gospel, we must turn to others.  v7-11, The Lord knows those that are His, yea; for it is by His work upon them that they become His.  Let us not despair concerning any place, when even in wicked Corinth Christ had much people.  Thus encouraged, the Apostle continued at Corinth, and a numerous and flourishing church grew up.  v12-17, Paul was about to show that he did not teach men to worship God contrary to law; but the judge would not allow the Jews to complain to him of what was not within his office.  It was right in Gallio that he left the Jews to themselves in matters relating to their religion.  But it was wrong to speak lightly of a law and religion which he could have known to be of God and which he ought to have acquainted himself with.  In what way God is to be worshipped and whether Jesus is the Messiah, and the Gospel is a Divine revelation, are not questions about words and names, but questions of vast importance.  Those who see and hear of the sufferings of God’s people, and have no feeling with them, or care for them, who do not pity and pray for them, are of the same spirit as Gallio, who cared for none of those things. 

More to come and God Bless You.  


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