Commentary On The Book Of Acts Chapter 13:31-34

Chapter 13:31 and for many days He appeared to those who came up with Him from Galilee to Jerusalem, the very ones who are now His witnesses to the people.

Chapter 13:32 And we preach to you the good news of the promise made to the fathers,

Chapter 13:33 that God has fulfilled this promise to our children in that He raised up Jesus, as it is written in the second Psalm, ‘You are My Son; today I have begotten You.’

Chapter 13:34 As for the fact that He raised Him up from the dead, no more to return to decay, He has spoken in this way: ‘I will give you the holy and sure blessings of David.’

From Acts 1:3 we see that Jesus was seen for forty days and in I Corinthians 15:5-8 Paul tells us that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at one time. We also see in verse 31 that He was seen by the apostles and Paul speaks of the apostles being specifically chosen for this purpose. They were to be witnesses to the resurrection in order to talk with Him and also fellowship with Him, but most importantly, to be witnesses to the people. After this experience, is it any wonder, that the apostles went out to proclaim the resurrection of Jesus and put their lives on the line for this purpose? Then we see in verses 32-34, Paul and Barnabas speaking of the Good News of salvation through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. To a Jew, nothing could be greater than the assurance that the Messiah had come and to a sinner, who recognizes his sin and sinfulness and who realizes the wages of sin is death, nothing could bring greater joy than the fantastic news of salvation by grace through faith in the finished work of Jesus!!!

Some Thoughts From Anonymous About Heaven

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“When the church ceases to be in touch with another world, it is no longer in touch with this world.

“God promises a safe landing but not a calm voyage.”

“God has two dwelling places; one in heaven, and the other in a meek and thankful heart.”

“People are guided to heaven more by footprints than by guideposts.”

“The main object of religion should be not to get a man into heaven, but to get heaven into him.”

Commentary On The Book Of Acts Chapter 13:27-30

Chapter 13:27 “For those who live in Jerusalem, and their rulers, recognizing neither Him nor the uttterances of the prophets which are read every Sabbath, fulfilled these by condemning Him.

Chapter 13:28 And though they found no ground for putting Him to death they asked Pilate that He be executed.

Chapter 13:29 When they had carried out all that was written concerning Him, they took Him down from the cross and laid Him in a tomb.

Chapter 13:30 But God raised Him from the dead;

Paul states here that the nation of Israel is guilty of the death of Jesus by stating the fact that the Messiah came and offered himself to Israel, but that they rejected and crucified Him but that God raised Him from the dead. Peter had given the same message at Pentecost and the people were pricked in their hearts. See Acts 2: 22-37. The people in verse 27 recognized Jesus physically, but they did not recognize Him as their Messiah. In the scriptures, that the people read every Sabbath, there is not a clearer picture of our Savior than in Isaiah chapter 53 and yet the Jewish people were ignorant of the true meaning of the scriptures. They were expecting a powerful Prince and God delivered them a Lamb, who was meek, despised, and rejected. The Jews were so prideful of their heritage and history that they could not see clearly. In verse 29, Paul shows the Jews that they had done everything the prophets had said they would do to Jesus and then in verse 30, we see that God raised Jesus from the dead, showing us that He laid down His life but that it was not possible for death to hold Him. What does that mean for you today? Eternal life when you repent of your sins and turn you life over completely to Him!!!

Some Thoughts About Conceit From Anonymous

“Some church members are like a tire with a slow leak—it takes a lot of pumping to keep them inflated.”

“Conceit is generally thought of as God’s gift to little people.”

“When a person starts to rest on his laurels, he discovers they are poison ivy.”

“The greatest fault is to be conscious of none.”

“It’s difficult, if not impossible, to have faith in God if a man has too much faith in himself.”

Commentary On The Book Of Acts Chapter 13:23-26

Chapter 13:23 “From the descendants of this man, according to promise, God has brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus.

Chapter 13:24 after John had proclaimed before His coming a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.

Chapter 13:25 And while John was completing his course, he kept saying, ‘What do you suppose that I am? He. But behold, one is coming after me the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to untie.’

Chapter 13:26 “Brethren, sons of Abraham’s family, and those among you who fear God, to us the message of this salvation has been sent.

Paul, thus far has traced the history of the people of Israel from their time in Egyptian bondage until the time of King David. He left out their history from Solomon to Malachi but with the word, God, he brought together the name of Jesus together with the covenant that God made with David in II Samuel 7:8-17. Paul was using this history lesson to convince the Jews to let them know the true identity of Jesus of Nazareth, in that He was the seed of David. In verses 24 and 25, we see the first messenger of the Covenant, John the Baptist preach the gospel of repentance as the forerunner of Jesus Christ. And also in verse 25, we see, John the Baptist, let them know that Jesus was coming and in the next verse that Jesus was coming with the message of salvation. See in verse 26 also, that Paul calls the people brethren to identify himself with the people of Israel. He is ready to preach the gospel to all including Gentiles, proselytes and everyone who could hear his voice.

Some Thoughts About Sin From Anonymous

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“A Christian has not lost the power to sin, but the desire to sin.”

“Confess your sins to the Lord, and you will be forgiven; confess them to men, and you will be laughed at.”

“Announcement on the bulletin board of a church in Ohio: “This is a segregated church—for sinners only. All welcome.”

“Friendships cemented together with sin do not hold.”

“To grieve over sin is one thing; to repent is another.”

Commentary On The Book Of Acts Chapter 13:20-22

Chapter 13:20 After these things He gave them judges until Samuel the prophet.

Chapter 13:21 Then they asked for a king, and God gave them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years.

Chapter 13:22 After He had removed him, He raised up David to be their king, concerning whom He also testified and said, ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My heart, who will do all My will.’

Paul continues with the review of Jewish history and how God had treated the Jewish people with kindness. Paul has traced the history of the Jewish people step by step and in verse 20 we see a change and a breakdown in the history of the Jewish nation. During this period God gave them judges and then he gave them Samuel, the prophet. Samuel gave the people God’s message as to the kind of king they would have and what this would bring to the nation of Israel. In verse 21, we see that Saul was the king for forty years. It has been said that this time frame included both Samuel’s time as a prophet and also Saul’s reign as king. The Old Testament does not give us an exact time frame in which Saul reigned. God gave the people Saul as the king and in verse 22 we see that God also removed him when Saul rebelled against God. David was anointed king before the death of Saul. God called him a man after My heart, which refers to His public character as King of Israel, in that, he would make the will of God the supreme law of his reign as king.