The lesson on April 15, 2018 was part 3 of the"Acts 29" study. This week Wayne did a short review of last weeks lesson but eventually focused our attention on the codex, especially Papyrus 46. He is reading the notes around the writing and it is the oldest manuscript that confirms Paul's writings. Parts of the texts show Nomina sacra, which are special abbreviations which appear in New Testament texts. Unlike most abbreviations, which are meant to save time, nomina sacra are used to set certain, holy words apart from the rest of the text. This is clear from the fact that these words are abbreviated in their sacral usages but not in profane usages (e.g. ὑΐοϲ, 'son' is contracted to υϲ when it refers to Jesus, the Son of God, but the same word is not contracted in other usages). It is amazing in todays educational circles, we have access to these critical documents electronically. The evolution of how they have been preserved gives us quite the perspective. By using these notes, Wayne is trying to piece together the movement of Paul from Acts 28:29-31 and the Ephesians letter. We took time to look at events in Acts that give really good clues as to what may have happened at the end of those two years mentioned in Acts 28:31. By looking at these things closely, Paul was not given the revelation of The Mystery until after those two years. He was preaching the Kingdom of God and was a prisoner for Israel. The scripture reading was from Acts 28:29-31 KJV
This is a study on Right Division using First Corinthians as an example. These lessons were taught from Auckland, New Zealand at Grace Bible Church by Dr. Wayne Stewart. The theme of this study was "Occupy till I come" which was found in a parable in Luke 19:13 KJV and emphasis was put on identifying the biblical economy found after Acts 28. The Christian needs to identify the attributes of the economy and how it changes during Acts period with the Apostle Paul. This study compliments the First Corinthians study and is one you should listen to that focuses on our calling today.
Why study the book of First Corinthians? This book gives a good look into the Acts economy and to the personality of Paul. When we study this epistle we will appreciate many issues of the first ministry of Paul during a time when Israel was first and God was respecting and honouring his covenanted people, the nation of Israel. Many issues of today relate directly to the topics addressed in this epistle such as speaking in tongues 1Cor 12-14; factions within the church 1:11,12; abuses of the Lord's supper; taking of believers to law before the unbeliever 6:1-8; food and idols 8:1-3; marriage and how it should work in the "time is short" age of the Acts 7:1-40 and the issue of people denying the resurrection 15:12. The context of these issues and how Acts 28 clarifies these problems will be of import to all of us. There are many histories written concerning the ancient town of Corinth and it's immoral temple. We will skip over this for now and discuss only those issues from ancient history as they impringe on the context of the passages we discuss.
This study consists of two "compound" lessons that were extended into multiple lessons due to the vast amount of material that pertained to understand your calling. They were started on August 3, 2014 and the emphasis on these two lessons "The Others" and "Ye See Your Calling" was to help the christian see that they have been called into a special calling that was hidden before the foundation of the world and revealed after Acts 28 when judgement came upon Israel and God revealed this sacred secret. It has been said the christian must first believe upon Christ as your personal savior, then you must believe upon your calling. The Apostle PAul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus was praying that christians might be given a spirit of wisdom and knowledge so they may see what is the hope of their calling. These lessons help you understand what that calling is... the unsearchable riches of Christ.
Ephesians is a great study for us today because it is the first book of Paul's second ministry to the Gentiles. We know that Paul was called to be the minister to the Gentiles in Acts chapter 9 and Paul declares so in Hebrews 11:13 KJV. Paul had two ministries, the first was to the Jew, and the second was to the Gentile. With his Apostleship to the Gentiles, it took on a entirely new calling in Ephesians, which is considered his Prison ministry.
The Galatians Study, started on April 21, 2013, is a follow up to the ABC's of Right Division taught by Wayne Stewart and takes a verse by verse look at the book of Galatians. Using the foundations taught from his previous study, Wayne looks at teaching Galatians rightly divided. This book was written by the Apostle Paul in his first ministry and is defending his Apostleship and the message of salvation by grace during the book of Acts with the churches in Galatia. This study will teach us Galatians from the context of Paul's teaching through the book of Acts.