Saturday, 10 September 2011

Acts 13

Here's how the study works: Read the chapter mentioned in the heading several times during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for a chapter creates the opportunity to reread it several times and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people's insights.

6 comments:

Susan said...

v.25 As John was completing his work...

v.36 Now when David had served God’s purpose in his own generation...

John the Baptist and David completed the tasks God gave them to do. Vastly different tasks but both God initated tasks. Not always done perfectly but completed nevertheless. It is possible to complete the tasks God gives us.

Susan said...

v.48 When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and honored the word of the Lord; and all who were appointed for eternal life believed.

I read this in Constable's Commentary on this verse:
"Once again the human responsibility of believing is shown to coincide exactly with what God in his Sovereignity had planned" (Kent).

We mustn't discount human responsibility.

Susan said...

v.22 After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’

What a testimony - he will do everything I want him to do.

Susan said...

v.39 Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses.

Justification was not possible under the law of Moses. The law of Moses was severly limited which is why God made it obsolete when it had achieved its purpose (Hebrews 8:13)

Susan said...

v.1 Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul.

(From Constable’s Commentary) "There were five prominent prophets and teachers in the Antioch church at this time. The Greek construction suggests that Barnabas, Simeon, and Lucius were prophets (forthtellers and perhaps foretellers), and Manaen and Saul were teachers (Scripture expositors). The particle te occurs before Barnabas and before Manaen in this list dividing the five men into two groups...

A teacher's ministry would involve a less-spontaneous declaration and preaching than that of the prophets, including instruction and the passing on to others of the received apostolic teaching (... 1 Cor. 12:28-29; Eph. 4:11). This was how the church taught its doctrine before the use of the books that later became a part of the NT."

It is interesting in these passages that apostles, prophets, teachers were understood separately. This may be seen as significant later when women were told not to teach but they were not told to stop prophesying, praying or perform other ministries of exhortation etc.

Susan said...

v.38-39 Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses.

Justification was not possible under the law of Moses but is possible with Jesus. Not possible by our own works but possible through Jesus' work.