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Acts 29

Acts 28:31 Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him. 

Acts 29 is that period of time covering the continuation of Paul's Acts ministry including the revelation of the mystery and latter imprisonment and finally concluding with the burning of Jerusalem.

 

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December 28th, 2020

Rightly dividing Acts 28 enables the bible student to understand God's will for our deportment in this age and give intelligent and credible answers to questions that become evident as we read the text of God's word. Confronting these issues should not be seen as an affront to our faith but rather an enlightenment that leads to edification.

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May 2nd, 2021
Acts Study - When and Why? Part 13

The lesson on May 2, 2021 was part 13 of the "Acts - When and Why?" study.  Wayne opened up with a review of the previous lessons and what we have learned in studying the Acts and determining what epistles that were written by the Apostle Paul in performing his Acts ministry of going to the Jew first and then to the Gentiles.  This lesson eventually gets into looking at when Corinthians was written.  Prior to that, Wayne took time to show how he mentioned his trip to Ephesus in Acts 19 (second missionary journey) and there were many examples of powers that were manifested to confirm the message that Paul was carrying to Israel as Jesus Christ was the Messiah.  He then showed how when you cross the great divide of Acts 28, PAul reveals the Mystery in Ephesians and Colossians.  This was a fresh revelation not in the scriptures but hidden in God!  PAul had the challenge to speak to the group of believers that were in Acts and then explain that they now have a new hope, but it was not found in the Old Testament scriptures.  To help with this, God gave gifts after Acts 28 in the form of Apostles and Prophets to help "adjust" the believers into this new hope.  Even PAul said in his prayer in Ephesians 1:18 that "the eyes of their understanding being enlightened..." realizing that it would require a spiritual unveiling of this new truth so they would be able see the final body of truth that was revealed by Paul.  This Mystery completed the word of God (Colossians 1:25-26 KJV).  This lesson was a good review of the transition of hope found in Acts to the new hope revealed in Ephesians and Colossians. The scripture reading was Acts 18:1-11 KJV

Acts - When and Why? - Part 13
March 21st, 2021
Acts Study - When and Why? Part 9

The lesson on March 21, 2021 was part 9 of the "Acts - When and Why? study.  Today we started in Romans 15 to look at when it was written during the Acts.  In verse 19 Paul talks of mighty signs and wonders.  Either the signs and wonders we read about in Acts exist today or they don't.  There were some resurrections performed during the Acts!  When was the last time you witnessed a resurrection?  They do not exist today.  The only way for one to happen is for God to say "come forth".  God's Spirit worked wonders during that time.  Paul's mission to the Gentiles during the Acts was after his appeal to the Jew first and then also to the Greek for the purpose of provoking Israel to jealousy.  Paul talks of his journey to Spain after his trip to Jerusalem.  Romans was written by Paul before he made it to Rome. The context of what Paul wrote in Romans fits perfectly into Acts 19 and at the conclusion of Paul's third missionary journey. The Hope of Israel is manifest at this time and the grafting in of the Gentiles into the wild olive tree of Israel was to provoke them to fruitfulness.  We further looked at Galatians to see how it was written during Acts as well.  Wayne encoraged us to read the article he wrote on RightDivision entitled "Why does Acts 28(29) matter?"  The scripture reading was from Romans 15:18-28 KJV

Acts - When and Why? - Part 09
March 14th, 2021
Acts Study - When and Why? Part 8

The lesson on March 14, 2021 was part 8 of the "Acts - When and Why?" study.  Wayne opened the lesson and took on a thorough review of how Galatians is a Pauline epistle but it was written during the Acts period and cannot divorce its context from the book of Acts. Showing us examples from Acts 19:6 KJV "... when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied."  In Acts the Apostles had power and signs of the world that was to come.  These were real not what smooth pastors try to imitate today. In Galatians 4:26 KJV it says "But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all."  This is Israel's hope!  We have a different hope that was explained in Ephesians, Philippians and Colossians.  You have to rightly divide the Apostle Paul's ministry to those seven books written during the Acts and those written after.  Yet, even later after Acts 28 in 2 Timothy 1:6 Paul told Timothy "... I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands." that these gifts remained in a different fashion because they had to train the body of Christ from Acts with a new ministry that was hidden in God (called the Mystery).  We reviewed and example in 1 Corinthians 12:9-10 KJV "9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; 10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:"  This is all relevant and accurate to the context of the Acts period.  This lesson leads up to what is coming next in this study. Specifically, when did Paul write “Galatians”.  Paul's Jerusalem visits.  Looking intently at Acts 15 and another look at “at the first”.  The scripture reading was from 2 Timothy 1:5-8 KJV

Acts - When and Why? - Part 08
December 27th, 2020
Hermeneutics-Part7

The lesson on December 27, 2020 was part 7 of the "Hermeneutics" study and the last lesson in the series. Wayne took us through a quick review of what we previously covered before he transitioned to this lesson which was on rightly dividing the Apostle Paul's ministries.  It is so important for proper interpretation of scripture to identify Paul's ministry during the Acts period with that of PAul after Acts 28 with his prison ministry.  There were seven epistles written during Acts by Paul (Hebrews, Galatians, Romans, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Corinthians) and those books contain the perspective of the revealed plan that Paul was referring to in when he said " witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come".  Even at the end of Acts Paul says in 28:23 "...And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening."  Now after Acts, PAul received a new ministry (called The Mystery) while he was in prison and this ministry is covered in his last seven books (Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Titus, Philemon, 1 & 2 Timothy). By identifying these separate ministries, you will be able to clearly identify the differences in callings, hopes and doctrine so you may rightly divide the scriptures and correctly handle topics like baptism, the Lord’s super, signed gifts, prayer promises, hopes and related adoptions, covenants and associated promises.  The scripture reading was from Acts 26:22-23 KJV

Hermeneutics - Part 7
February 16th, 2020
Genesis - Part 43

The lesson on February 16, 2020 was part 43 of the "Genesis" study.  Wayne continued to focus on studying the days of Noe in relation to the coming of Jesus Christ as described in Matthew 24:37 "But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.".  This week we identify the separate hopes of the callings before and after when The Mystery was given.  Prior to the revelation given to Paul, the hope was on the coming of Jesus Christ.  Afterwards when the Mystery had been given, it changed to His appearing.  We walk through the scriptures that highlight the difference.  The scripture reading was from Philippians 3:8-14 KJV

Genesis - Part 43

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July 12th, 2018
My former understanding

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.

July 13th, 2018

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.

July 15th, 2018

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. 

July 16th, 2018

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.

July 19th, 2018

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? 

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