CHARACTER STUDY: PAUL 50

KEY SCRIPTURE: Acts 18:4 ” And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks.”

Apostle Paul left Athens for Corinth. At Corinth Paul continued with his life purpose. That is to project our Lord Jesus Christ. Dear reader our life mission is to project the Lord Jesus to our world. He is the reason we are alive today. Men must know he is the answer. This is exactly what Paul did.

Paul reasoned with the Jews and the Greeks, persuading them that Jesus was the Christ. The Jews were expecting a Messiah or a saviour in the form of a king like David who would deliver them physically from the gentile world, that is the. Roman rule.

They could not bring themselves up to accept that this saviour would have to die to save them. The Lord Jesus talking to the Jews spoke in John 5: 39″ Search the scriptures, for in them ye think ye have eternal life and they are they which testify of me”. The law and the Prophets all testified of him yet these Jews never accepted him as the Messiah.  Isaiah 53:1 says ” Who hath believed our report and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed.” Isaiah continued to prophecy about the sufferings of Christ and even said Jesus would be despised and would not be esteemed. (Isaiah 53:3b).

These were some of the scriptures Paul came to know through the Holy Spirit. This was why he kept reasoning and persuading the Jews that Jesus was the Christ.

 The Jews had a wrong understanding about Jesus. Our world today, also has a wrong concept of Jesus.  The world has different pictures or views about Jesus. One view they have of him is through the religious mind. He is seen as one of the teachers of these religions. Others also see him through the life of false men of God whose god is their belly and their glory is in their shame. They see Him as a money-making organization. (Philippians 3:18). Others also see him through the teachings of philosophers whose teaching are purely vain deceit proceeding from the traditions of men and the rudiments or the science of this world. (Col 2:8)

 The answers to the confusion of our world is in the bible. We must present the Lord Jesus , relentlessly , reasoning with men as Paul did. . God’s word is truth. We have to present the true Jesus to our world. The true Jesus is loving, powerful, healing, humble, transforming, and will bring peace to the heart of any man who welcomes Him.

 PRAYER

O heavenly father! help us, that as we talk about our Lord Jesus to people, the Holy Spirit would reveal Him to our world. In Jesus name I have prayed.

FURTHER STUDY

John 16:13 ” Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come”.

John 8:31-32 ” Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free”.

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