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Paul’s Debate in Thessalonica

When Paul and company arrived at Thessalonica and settled in they entered the synagogue, whereupon Paul began reasoning with the local Jews and God-fearing gentiles according to the Scriptures. Paul’s argument took the form of a logical analysis concerning the identity of the Messiah. Luke states two of Paul’s probably three premises concluding that Jesus was indeed the Messiah. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on January 17, 2013 in Gospel, Paul's 2nd Missionary Journey


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No One in Jerusalem Believed Paul

Luke tells us that when Paul finally returned to Jerusalem after his conversion near Damascus three years previous, the brethren wouldn’t believe he was a true disciple (Acts 9:26). He was under suspicion from all sides. Certainly the high priest who sent him to Damascus knew Paul no longer supported the official understanding of what they referred to as the sect of the Nazarenes (Acts 24:5). However, when the brethren wouldn’t receive him as a new believer, Paul found himself alone in a hostile environment with no friends. What happened? Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on June 1, 2012 in Paul's First Visit to Jerusalem


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What Was Paul’s Gospel?

According to some, Paul’s Gospel was sufficient as it was, and he had no need of the Apostles at Jerusalem to help formulate his Gospel (Galatians 1:15-17). In fact, Paul almost immediately after meeting Jesus on the way to Damascus, left for Arabia, presumably to collect his thoughts and receive instruction (revelation, cp. verses 11-12 & 15-16) from Jesus, the resurrected Messiah, and didn’t return to Jerusalem until three years after his conversion (Galatians 1:18). What really occurred in those three years? Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on May 26, 2012 in Kingdom of God


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Salvation Even for Me!

After opening their minds, Jesus did three things. First he explained the Scriptures showing why it was necessary for him to die and rise again (Luke 24:46). Secondly, he commissioned the apostles to preach this Gospel of the death and resurrection of Jesus (Luke 24:46), which made him the Messiah (Acts 2:32-36), and to call the whole world to repentance and reconcile themselves to God (Luke 24:47-48; Acts 2:37-38; 2Corinthians 5:14-21). Finally, he empowered them for the work of God, telling them to wait at Jerusalem for the promise of the Holy Spirit (Luke 24:49). They had no idea what to expect. They just trusted Jesus and obeyed. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on April 12, 2010 in Religion, salvation


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