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Acts of the Apostles   1 comment

Acts of the Apostles

Above:  The Book Heading from The New Revised Standard Version:  Catholic Edition (1993)


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Salvation Urged Upon You   2 comments


Above:  Source of the Amazon River

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Acts 13, 26

1.  The “word,” or message is “sent”–not from man, though, sent by him, but from God.  As the Amazon could not flow from an island; so such a word of life could not come from man.  It is an inspired–God-given–message.  It concerns man’s spiritual state & destiny.  Man repeats it under divine influence and power of the Spirit.

2.  Its control is “salvation.”

(1)  This is man’s great need; and

(2)  God’s concern for us.

(3)  It is a present salvation of pardon.  “Peace and joy in the Holy Ghost.”  (Romans 14, 17)

(4)  It is an eternal Salvation of final deliverance and bliss.  He will perfect His work in us if we are faithful.

3.  It is sent to “you.”  It is an intensely personal matter.  You are urged to accept it–not to make light of it, to treat it as a small matter.  God moves mightily to help you.

Will you not accept it?  Do you dare neglect it?



This is post #450 of this weblog.


The Church Must Send the Missionary   1 comment


Above:  Missionary House, the Congo, Africa

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Acts 13, 2-4

1.  Antioch’s greatest deed is here recorded.  She has become the mother of missions.  Not keeping but giving enriches and strengthens.  Such a church most prosperous at home and happiness.

2.  It was a spiritual church.  They fasted and prayed.  God needs & will use such a church.  He the Spirit calls the church to send out these men.  The church as emphatically called as were the men.

3.  The Spirit calls men to this work today and many have volunteered to go.  The same Spirit calls the church to send them.  Money, not more men, is the great need now.  It is God’s call, a command.  Whether we do it is not optional but mandatory.  To disobey is treason.  Dare the church disobey?

4.  The church may lay its gold at His feet.  Nothing short of this is worthy of the wealth of our day nor of our Christianity.  Nowhere else can we put it where it will do so much good and so long.

5.  His approval rests upon the work.  No one can object to the results.  They are clearly such as only God’s blessings can bring.

Are we honestly, prayerfully trying to do this great work, or are we seeking some excuse for not doing it?  How dare we meet Him if we refuse?


Justification by Faith   2 comments


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Acts 13, 39

1.  Man is a sinful creature.  Was created holy with a positive law to keep.  Able to stand free to fall.  He sinned and condemnation came upon him.  But God promised to deliver him from under the curse of the law, else he would have been doomed eternally.

2.  What is justification?  Facere, justus.  The term has reference to law & judicial proceedings.

(1)  One under charges may be justified by testimony.

(2)  Or by force of law, as such as an act is allowed.

(3)  Or by pardon, after guilt is established.  So the sinner is forgiven for Christ’s sake if he turn to God for mercy.

3.  On what condition are we justified?  The condition is wholly with God.  He offers it by faith.  All who believe in Jesus are freely justified; who does not is condemned already (Jno. 3, 16 & 36).  It is the only thing without which no one is justified.  But one must repent to be able to believe.

4.  What is the nature of that faith by which we are justified?  Must be a distinction for the devils believe & tremble.  It must be an act of the whole heart, “a sure trust or confidence that God pardons even me.”  A faith that results in obedience for “faith without works is dead.”


The Christ of Sovereign Authority   8 comments

Christ Pantocrator

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Matt. 28, 18

Jesus took our nature (sin excepted) with its weaknesses upon himself to reach and and save us.  He won his place by the suffering he endured.  Now the Father hath exalted him to the first place in all the universe!  All authority is his.

1.  Has authority over the Angels.  They cast their crowns at his feed and gladly do his bidding.  (1 Peter 3, 22)

2.  Hath authority over the church to direct all of its affairs forever.  “Is head over all things to the church which is his body”–see Rev. 1, 12-18; Eph. 5, 25-27; Acts 13, 2-5, Dan. 7, 13-14.

3.  Power or authority to forgive sin.  Such is His sovereign right (Mk 2, 10-12).  Without this He is a colossal failure.  If he is Divine of course He can.  Many are witnesses that He does.  He dominates devils, cast them out.

4.  Authority to execute judgment also (Jno. 5, 22).  Will decide the destiny of every soul at last.  His pierced hand shall open the gate of peal to admit his children; and shall close if against the finally impenitent (Matt. 25, 34, 41, 46).

5.  Have you yielded to Him or do you dare hold out against Him, whose blessing is offered now?


Missions God’s Eternal Plan   9 comments


Above:  Missionary’s Home, the Congo, Africa

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God certainly had in the beginning a well-wrought out plan.  Every step indicates design every way worthy of the Great Architect.

Yet I doubt not this thro’ ages one increasing purpose runs,

And the thoughts of men are widening with the process of the suns.

Men may hinder and delay His plans, but He will raise up others to execute them.


Paul here speaks of one of God’s eternal purposes hitherto a mystery because not revealed fully, viz!  His purpose is to give the gospel to the Gentiles as well as to the Jews.  It is no lately formed purpose of God’s, but was fixed before the world was created.–Ephesians 1, 4-5.

(1)  His unity as God of Jew & Gentile makes this inevitable.  Rom. 3, 29-30.  Hence He is no respecter of persons.

(2)  By his death Jesus removed the middle wall of [illegible word] between them; all are the purchase of his blood (ch. 2, 14-15)


Universal history has tended in this direction.

(1)  Gentiles could become Jews by ritual observance–Gen. 34, 15-17.

(2)  The Temple had its court of the Gentiles.

(3)  The prophets foretold Christ’s mission to the Gentiles–to all people.  Solomon prayed for them at the dedication of the Temple.  1 Kings 8, 41-42.  They are promised to Christ–Ps. 2, 8.  All kings & nations shall serve Him.  Ps. 72, 8-11.  See Ps. 87, 40-5; Isa. 2, 2-4; 11, 10; 42, 1 &6.

(4)  The Spirit in due time sent them the gospel (Acts 8, 26-27; 9, 15; 10, 45; 11, 17-18; 13, 47) and rested upon the work amongst them.


That same Spirit has opened up the way among the nations.  Once they were isolated and hostile.  But God has changed all that.  The nations have joined the world’s neighborhood & seek the best assets of the earth.  Hence missions are inevitable, being but the developments of history.  God has labored long to bring the world where it is.  He certainly is much interested in it.


To oppose missions is to oppose the ongoings of history.  It is not a wave but the tides of the ages.  To arrest it one would have to undo the developments of time–to throttle the world.

How sublime it is to help God carry out His eternal purposes.  He has called us to be fellow-workers with Him.  Can he depend on us?  Will we do our part?  He waits for our answer.