KEY SCRIPTURE: Acts 17:1 ” Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the Jews:”
Apostle Paul after his ordeal and victory in Macedonia passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia and finally arrived in Thessalonica, where there was a Synagogue.
Acts 17:2 says” And Paul as his manner was went unto them, and for three Sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures.” Apostle Paul although his calling was to the gentiles. Romans 11:13 ” For I speak unto you Gentiles, in as much as I am an apostle unto the gentiles, I magnify mine office.” He made sure that he did not leave the Jews out. Anytime he was in any city where there was a synagogue, he went there to reason out the gospel with them. Paul expressed his heart desire for his people in Romans 10:1 as follows “Brethren my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they might be saved“. Paul never forgot the people who were his lineage. Every child of God must be concerned about his family and relations. You must seek for their salvation. Apostle Paul made sure he went first to the Jews and reasoned with them. In Acts 17:3 he explained from the old testament prophet all that was written about Jesus. He brought to their understanding that Jesus was the Messiah and he had to be killed and raised from death unto life.
Apostle Paul was not afraid to confront them and reason out with them, because he had a very good understanding of the scriptures. Many of us today are afraid to confront other opposing views because we are not sure of what we know. It is simply because we have not taken time to study the bible. Paul wrote the following to Timothy in 2nd Timothy 2:15 ” Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that need not to be ashamed rightly dividing the word of truth.”
The call is to study. This word translated study comes from the Greek word “spoudazo” which means “to be diligent”, “to use speed ” or “to labour. ”
All these meanings tell us to make every effort to show ourselves approved unto God. You must be a studious child of God. Our effectiveness will be seriously reduced if we don’t do everything or are not diligent to study hard so we could share the good news in all clarity and also in the power of the Spirit. The world lies in darkness and the Gospel remains the only light to illuminate the world.
My life is given to the winning of mankind for the Lord. I feed myself with the truths of His word such that I am not ashamed to express it, because I am never found wanting in sharing it.
Hebrews 4:11-12 ” Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”