You assume that everything is just A OK and then everything changes! That's the "But Now" experience. It manifests its influence in various ways and interesting contexts.
Acts 28 Blogs
The apostle Paul had two ministries, one during the book of Acts and the other after Acts 28. Much confusion in the christian community results from a failure to rightly divide between these two ministries. For the Christian, that is for the person who knows the Lord Jesus Christ as saviour there is no issue more important than to have a clear appreciation of the two-fold ministry of Paul.
The book of Ephesians is the high water mark of PAul's prison ministry. It relates to us both the circumstances and content of the revelation of "the mystery" which was hid in God. All saints immediately prior to this revelation believed and held to the hope which was proclaimed to them in the Acts and therefore would need to be adjusted to the new and unprophesied hope that was now their's by grace.
Eph. 6.15 (AV) And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Eph. 6.15 (TR) και υποδησαμενοι τους ποδας εν ετοιμασια του ευαγγελιου της ειρηνης
"Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ." Colossians 2:16-17
We have just finished the Book of Colossians in our weekly Bible study. The book was written by Paul during his first imprisonment in Rome after he announced to the chief of the Jews:
Everyone I read or hear challenges everybody else to “rightly divide the word” (2 Timothy 2:15.) This is good advice, but it is obvious that many of those who challenge others to “rightly divide” are not doing so themselves. How can I be sure of this? They all disagree. As someone once said, “We can’t all be right, but we can all be wrong.” It is interesting to note that some pertinent verses in scripture are very salient and some seem to be constantly ignored. Probably no other verse has helped me get things in perspective as Acts 28:28.