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The lesson on March 28, 2021 was part 10 of the “Acts – When and Why?” study.  Today’s lesson looked at the books 1,2 Thessalonians to determine when they were written during the Acts period. Wayne reviews why it is important to rightly divide Paul’s epistles because some of those were written during the Acts period which will conform to the context of the Acts.  This includes the Jew first and it also has signs and wonders.  Verse 31 is the last verse in chapter 28 and it has a punctuation mark ending the book but it is important to know that Paul continued the ministry of Acts teaching the kingdom of God to all that came unto him. Acts 28:30-31 KJV “30 And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him, 31 Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.”  The two years that Paul continued his Acts period ministry.  The Corinthian and Thessalonian epistles have the context of the Acts period.  Some time after the two years mentioned in Acts 28:30 is when The Mystery was revealed. There was an interval of freedom in this timeframe where Paul wrote 1 Timothy and Titus.  Paul was then is imprisoned where God revealed the Mystery unto him where he wrote Ephesians, Philippians, Philemon, Colossians and 2 Timothy. The Mystery was revealed AFTER Acts 28 (not during) and before A.D. 70.  The scripture reading was from 1 Thessalonians 3:1-7 KJV

“1 Wherefore when we could no longer forbear, we thought it good to be left at Athens alone; 2 And sent Timotheus, our brother, and minister of God, and our fellowlabourer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you, and to comfort you concerning your faith: 3 That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto. 4 For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know. 5 For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter have tempted you, and our labour be in vain. 6 But now when Timotheus came from you unto us, and brought us good tidings of your faith and charity, and that ye have good remembrance of us always, desiring greatly to see us, as we also to see you: 7 Therefore, brethren, we were comforted over you in all our affliction and distress by your faith:”




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From the Study: Acts – When and Why?