Thanks for reading this, it is the last post in my Time to Acts series and is about the last 4 chapters of Acts. This is the most chapters that I have squeezed into a post, but it is a lot of repetition, re-telling of old stories and Paul appearing before rulers, telling his story. There are a few points that I would like to make though, let’s take a look.
Firstly, in Acts 28, at the beginning, Paul is bitten by a snake. This is after he has warned the soldiers not to board the ship, and he has reassured them that they will not die at sea. They all end up shipwrecked on an island after all of his good work, Paul gets bitten by a viper, and because of this, he is assumed to be a murderer. Then, when the viper’s venom has no effect on Paul, he is assumed to be a god. It shows just how people can change their minds based on what they see. Paul fixes his eyes on the Word of God and not what he sees around him. See the difference? Paul then goes around the island healing people, in fact scripture implies that everyone who had an illness came and were healed. This is one of my issues, I can’t find a single time in the Bible where anyone was told that they couldn’t be healed, or that God didn’t want them healed, so why do we do it today? I don’t understand this, it must be something that we are not doing right, and not the fact that God doesn’t heal anymore. I’ll leave that with you to think about.
Next we hear Paul plead his case, and again, there seems to be one thing in particular that gets everyone upset. This is not the first time that we have seen this statement get a reaction, let’s take a look at it. Acts 28 – 28&29, “Therefore let it be known to you that the salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles, and they will hear it!” And when he had said these words, the Jews departed and had a great dispute among themselves.” Why do people tend to get upset when it is said that someone else may also be entitled to their benefits? It seems that it is not enough that we have something, we want others to go without in order to give us the advantage. If everyone in the world was given a BMW, most people who already drove one would be really upset. It is not the fact that they have a BMW, it is more the fact that others don’t. This is rather sad. This needs to be the exact opposite in the Kingdom of God. What you have is worth nothing unless you give it away, you being able to heal is useless if you don’t heal. Being a prophet is useless if you don’t prophesy. This is the same with all aspects of the Kingdom of God, we need to be telling others about it, and giving it away, otherwise it is pointless. Completely the opposite to what the Pharisees were up to, trying to have it all for themselves. This is what Paul has been trying to teach us throughout the book of Acts (thanks to Luke for writing it).
Thanks for joining me for Time to Acts, that is the end now. The posts will continue, but I will write about various topics as God leads. Thanks for reading this. Let me leave you with a question.
What have you been given to use for God’s glory? What are you doing about it? We don’t all have to be TV evangelists, in fact if everyone did what God had called them to do, we may not even need TV evangelists. Let us all discover what God has called us to do, and what He has given us to contribute. If we all bring what we have, and do what we have been called to do, God will move powerfully through his people and we will see the revival that we all desire.
God’s power, our actions.