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ACTS "talks."

Prompts and commentary as you read right through the Acts of the Apostles.

Bringing to you God's wonderful message as found in the Holy Bible.

"Good News Compage" 66.A.

based on

Acts chapter chapter 18, verses 1-8.

(PLEASE READ THESE VERSES IN THE BIBLE, and the following comments.)


Who to blame?

When Adam was called before God, although he was obviously guilty, he tried to blame his wife! His wife, Eve, then tried to blame the serpent - the Devil! (Genesis 3:8-20.) Of course, God was not fooled by their blame game. (Galatians 6:7.)

This is what will happen over and over again on the Day of Judgment, when people will try to blame others for the mess they are in before Holy God. (Revelation 20:10-15.) Then the Judge of all the earth will do right. (Genesis 18:25.) Multitudes will be condemned to God’s eternal fire. (Matthew 25:41.) The descriptions God has given of Hell are frightening! Why are so many going there? Let’s find out who to blame. (Matthew 25:46.)

Paul, in his travels, preaching the Gospel, arrived in Corinth. Paul’s preaching did not provide for his needs. The Gospel is all about God’s FREE GIFT of Salvation, so his preaching was offered to people “free of charge.” (Matthew 10:8. 2ndCorinthians 11:7.) Paul “stayed and worked with” a Jewish couple named Aquila and Priscilla, “because he was a tentmaker, as they were.” (verses 2-3. Acts 20:33-34.) This was how God provided for him on arrival in Corinth. (Philippians 4:19.)

Beware of false teachers today who make their money by demanding that you have to pay for, or earn the right, to have your sins forgiven and be made acceptable to God. (Acts 8:18-23. Galatians 3:1-14.) Any such teachers are not true servants of God. (Galatians 1:6-12.)

It was likely that while working with Paul, this Jewish couple discovered that Jesus Christ was the long-awaited Messiah that God had promised. They became faithful witnesses to others about Jesus. (Acts 18:26.)

Later Paul “devoted himself exclusively to preaching.” Perhaps when Silas and Timothy came to him, they brought some gifts from other Christians that made this possible. (verse 5. Philippians 4:14-17.)

Many Jews in Corinth refused to believe the good news about Jesus being the only Saviour, and “they opposed Paul and became abusive". Paul told them who to blame when they would be rejected by God; “You blood be on your own heads! I am innocent of it. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.” (verse 6.) God could have, and would have forgiven them if only they had trusted in His wonderful provision of Jesus Christ as their Priest and only Hope. (John 3:16-19.)

If you ARE a true Christian make sure that those who are LOST won’t be able to blame YOU because you didn't tell them to turn from their sins to Jesus Christ. (Ezekiel 33:7-11.) Christian, don’t be ashamed of the Gospel of Christ. (Romans 1:16.)

In Corinth some “believed in the Lord” and were SAVED. Among them even the leader of the synagogue, and all his family. Those who were SAVED were then baptised as an illustration of their new faith. (verse 8. Acts 16:31-33.)

Today are YOU one of the SAVED? If not, you know who to blame!

Read Acts chapter 18, verses 1-8.

John Nixon, Cork, Ireland. P31HD98.        Contact:  jnixonj@gmail.com

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