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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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Philip, the Soul-winner   1 comment


Above:  The Baptism of the Eunuch, by Rembrandt van Rijn



The New Testament meaning of belief is trust.  So

I believe…


we believe…,

as in the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed, mean

I trust


we trust.

Yet how many people who say those creeds know this?

When people ask me if I believe in God I suspect that they are really asking me a different question:

Do you affirm the existence of God?

The answer to that is:

Yes, always.

But, if the query pertains to trust in God, the answer is:

Most of the time, yes.

Of course, some people accuse me of analyzing the question excessively.




Acts 8, 26-39

1.  Philip was a soul-winner.  His a holy work, one Gabriel would gladly do.  “He that winneth souls is wise.” God works through men.

2.  He heard the Lord’s call to go toward [the] desert.  The Lord needed him down there.

God calls constantly by the Spirit and by providence for laborers.  He has something for us all to do.  O may we attend the call!

3.  Philip obeyed gladly.  He went promptly to his appointed service.  He was one who hunted an opportunity to help.

4.  He found a prepared audience.

The Spirit who calls us prepares the way for us and aids us as we go.  How important, then, that we follow his leading.

5.  He had an experimental knowledge of Christ.  Only this is our sufficiency:  can’t be a patented outfit.  That which we know, do we declare unto you.  “To know” is superior to “I believe.”

6.  Result–a soul led to Jesus, a multitude of sins hidden, and both parties happy.  Who would not gladly do this?


Missions God’s Eternal Plan   9 comments


Above:  Missionary’s Home, the Congo, Africa

An undated photograph created by the Bain News Service

Image Source = Library of Congress


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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.