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Jesus and Raising the Dead

In Acts 9:36-43 we have Luke’s recording of the miracle of Peter raising Tabitha or Dorcas from the dead. This is the first account of anyone after Christ raising anyone from the dead, which causes me to wonder why the believers at Joppa would believe Peter should be called to raise up this woman who did so many good works. What would cause them to believe that Peter could raise up Tabitha? I am not alone in believing that they had sent for Peter before Tabitha died. Otherwise, why tell Peter to hurry. Jesus didn’t hurry to raise up Lazarus, so, if Tabitha had already died, why would it be necessary for Peter to hurry? In any case what Jesus did through Peter here, he also did through Paul at Acts 20:9-12; but what does all this mean—what is Luke telling us, or more immediately his addressee, Theophilus? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2012 in Persecution

 

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The Power of God to Heal

In Acts 9:32-35 we have an account of Peter healing an impotent man. He lay in his bed paralyzed, unable to walk and perhaps unable to even use his arms. I believe this account and the next miracle immediately following is very important for Luke’s message in that these are the final recorded miracles performed by Jesus through Peter in Acts. Paul performed a similar miracle at Lystra in Asia in Acts 14:8 and following. What are we to think of these things? What is Luke telling us? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2012 in Gospel, Persecution

 

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The Churches of God Were Multiplied

Luke concludes Acts 9:31 with the words: “…[the churches throughout all Judea, Samaria and Galilee], walking in the fear of the Lord and the comfort of the Holy Spirit, were multiplied.” Months ago I had shared what I believed to be the manner in which Luke had written Acts. I believe he wrote Acts in 6 submissions, which can be categorized into three themes of two parts each. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 18, 2012 in Persecution, Temple of God

 

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Building up the Church

Luke uses three phrases to make up Acts 9:31. We spoke of the first phrase: “Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria…” in my previous blog, showing how the churches of God had obtained rest from their persecution. I will speak of the second “…and were edified…” in this one, and hope to speak of the third “…and, walking in the fear of the Lord and the comfort of the Holy Spirit, were multiplied” in my next blog. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 17, 2012 in Persecution, Temple of God

 

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From Where Did the Church Gain Rest?

Luke writes in Acts 9:31 that the churches throughout all Judea, Samaria and Galilee had rest. Rest from what? It seems to me that he speaks of the persecution that had begun in Jerusalem in Acts 8:1. Luke has this rest occur immediately following his account of Paul’s leaving Jerusalem for his own city of Tarsus in Syria-Cilicia. Nevertheless, this rest from persecution could not, as some seem to believe, to arise out of Paul’s ceasing to persecute the believing community. First of all Paul had already ceased his persecuting the Church for three years; and secondly, his persecution seemed to have been limited to Jerusalem and his going to Damascus, because the rest of the churches of Judea didn’t know him personally (Galatians 1:22). So, what was responsible for the **rest** that the Church experienced in Acts 9:31? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 16, 2012 in Persecution

 

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Paul’s Flight out of Jerusalem

Simply put, the fact that among the believing community only Paul had to flee from Jerusalem goes on to emphasize that he was, indeed, preaching something different from what the Apostles preached in Jesus’ name. But why did he have to flee to Caesarea and then to Tarsus (Acts 9:30)? Why couldn’t he simply flee to Galilee or Perea, just as Jesus did when he got into trouble with the Jerusalem authorities? If he did so, he may have been able to stay more in touch with the Apostles and eventually return to Jerusalem when the climate was more accommodating. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2012 in Kingdom of God, Paul's First Visit to Jerusalem

 

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