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Easter is here! Christ has risen! Everything worthwhile is tied to Christ’s resurrection. Paul said,
“And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain…If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.” 1 Corinthians 15:14, 19
There are two events in scripture that point to drastic mistakes we can make about Jesus Christ. Both of these mistakes were made by people who were close to Him, who loved Him and were dedicated to Him.
1. FAILING TO RECOGNIZE HIS PRESENCE
The Error of Easter, The Lunacy of Lent and the Fable of Good Friday.
The greatest days for church attendance each year are Christmas and Easter. Now, personally, I like these days because it reminds every person on earth that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh and died, was buried and resurrected for our sin. Everyone is reminded of these two truths twice a year. Also like the truths, there are some lies that are perpetrated at the same time.
Why do Christians fail? Why is it there are no perfect Christians? Why did some of God's most dedicated men falter, and sometimes horribly? After the flood experience, Noah got drunk; after being the friend of God, Abraham lied more than once; David committed adultery and murder after close communion with His Lord; Peter, after great experiences with Christ, denied Him, not once or twice, but three times! Paul was drawn back into the shackles of Judaism after rebuking Peter for the same offense.
I love this time of the year. It is one of two times that the populated world is brought to face some facts about Jesus Christ. The other time is Easter. I am fully aware of all the unspiritual and unscriptural things that surround these times, but they surround every day. Every year for centuries, men are reminded that God came to earth to die for the sins of men. Every year for centuries, men are reminded that Jesus Christ arose from the dead to guarantee the believers in Him a better home in heaven.
The parables in Matthew are very important in our understanding of the outworking of God's purposes with Israel. They were first introduced in Matt.13 where Isa.6:9,10 is said to be fulfilled (intense form of the verb). In this blog we look at the significance of the wedding of the king's son parable - how does this fit into our knowledge of the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven as it relates to Acts 28?
A systematic is proposed to take into consideration biblical revelations that impringe on the subject of Acts 28 and what happenned. A magnifying glass is placed on the last chapter of Acts and refinements suggested to take into consideration Matt 22 and other passages.
There is an interesting parallel between the events of Luke 24 and Acts 28 which help to focus our attention on the nature of Acts 28 in relation to the de facto "lo ammi" condition that Israel would experience subsequent to the close of the book of Acts.
He Leads Us Through, Not Into. "...we went through fire and through water: but thou brought us out into a wealthy place."
Ps 66:12b KJV
A more careful and critical look at the context of Acts 28 reveals that the message formerly sent to the Jews was then sent to the Gentiles. Further, that Paul was formerly preaching the kingdom of God with content from Moses and the prophets which Luke does not explicitly modify and informs us that in the hired house after Acts 28:28 Paul continued to preach the kingdom of God. The salvation of God ("it") was to be preached to the gentiles and as Paul believed (indicative mood) they would hear it! Paul later would need to declare " all they which are in Asia be turned away from me; of whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes. (2 Tim. 1:15 KJV)".
The Mystery gets into Acts 28 by reading it into the context -- otherwise it simply is NOT there! The study of Acts 29 is about refining our understanding of the close of the book of Acts and helping all who have ears to hear to perfect their understanding.