CHARACTER STUDY: PAUL 5

KEY SCRIPTURE: Acts 9:29 ” And he spake boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus, and disputed against the Grecians: but they went about to slay him.”

Acts 9:28 reads “And he was with them coming in and going out at Jerusalem”. Apostle Paul had finally gone to Jerusalem to see the leading members of the church. Although no man taught him the message of the gospel but the Lord himself, he needed to receive the right hand of fellowship among the churches. He had to associate with the existing leadership of the church so this could be possible. At that time the church had no divers’ denominations but only one body. We have a number of denominations in our time. Everyone in any particular denomination must recognize the authority of that particular denomination. You can’t do anything independent of the authority of that denomination.

What was the thinking of the Greeks? 1st Corinth. 1:22 says “For the Jews require a sign and the Greeks seek after wisdom “. The Greeks were philosophical in their views. The Greek saw the preaching of the cross as foolishness. Despite how worldly the Greeks were, Apostle Paul spoke boldly or freely such that he made nonsense of their thinking and teaching. Paul did not dispute with them along their lines of ‘wisdom’ but kept establishing that the death, and resurrection of Jesus is the wisdom of God to save men.

To get an idea of Paul’s defense of the gospel among the Greeks please read 1st Corinth 2.:1–16.Please read the following verses .1 Corinthians 2:6-7  “Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to naught:

But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: “Allow the Holy Spirit to lead you to defend the gospel.

The Grecians also planned to kill Paul. The brethren realising this took him away and sent him to Caesarea and later to Tarsus. May we always be alert to protect the set men God has placed over us. They are arrow heads whose impact is very effective and cuts deeply into the works of the enemy. Losing one anointed vessel is a great lose to the larger body of Christ. Paul’s life was saved by the brethren, and we must protect the anointed men God has given to us.

 PRAYER:

I pray the church of God as a whole would be strong to confound the world by her witness and her lifestyle.

FURTHER STUDIES

 1 Corinthians 2:13 ” Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.”

1 Peter 3:15 ” But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:”

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