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.
Acts 28 Blogs
"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:
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
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.
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.
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.
Paul likely had at least 2 imprisonments in Rome. This in conjunction with a clearer and more careful appreciation of the context of Acts 28 means that "the Mystery" was likely revealed after Acts 28 in a time which covers events and missionary journeys and imprisonment(s). This unwritten record I call "Acts 29". When Paul says "I Paul the prisoner of Jesus Christ" -- this means Paul is writing from a latter imprisonment subsequent to the imprisonment of Acts 28.
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...
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.