Acts Chapter 17 Discussion



 
  • Daniel on Acts 17:11
    I especially like verses 27-28 "that they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from everyone of us, for in him we live and move and have our being, as certain also of your own poets have said, for we are also his offspring"

    In reality, people looking for God is a little like a fish in a river looking for water, we are literally immersed in and made of God (being his offspring). The notion that we, or anything, is separate from God is an illusion, a little like a wave on the ocean believing it is separate from the ocean. A wave can not be separate from the ocean except in the mind of a person, in the world of words and thinking. Neither can we be separated from God, except in our minds. Let go and let God. When were were born into this world, we felt (knew) we were connected to everything in our world, we felt (knew) the Truth of "in him we live and move and have our being". As we have aged, our perceptions and world experience have changed and allowed us to believe that we (and others) are somehow separate from God. This is an illusion and why Jesus taught that unless we "be converted and become as little children, we shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven". Being converted here simply means a change (conversion) of consciousness, we must see and experience the world as we did when we were children, when we realized that we were not separate from the world, or anything in it, in order to enter "the kingdom of heaven"
  • Earl Bowman - in Reply on Acts 17:11
    Amen, Brother Daniel.
  • Wenmar on Acts 17:21
    This sounds like our entire world today...constantly craving and consuming the "news" with no discernment. Making idols out of the social media influencers and trend setters who also become yesterdays news in an instant. All the while rejecting and mocking the timeless truths of the Good News....let us be as the Bereans!!!
  • BSP on Acts 17
    Verses 25 and 28-We can't even take a single breath, make a single move, or even exist without Jehovah God allowing us to.
  • Mya Rena on Acts 17
    what bible story is this because it dosen't say.
  • Mishael - in Reply on Acts 17
    Maybe if you reword your question, we can answer.

    Acts is about the first days of Jesus's Church.

    We're all just people in here. We love studying the Bible and sharing what we've learned from it. I'm an older street evangelist. :D. Full of stories.

    Come back today. I'll be looking for you.
  • BSP on Acts 17
    Verse 28-The ability to move and use our bodies was a gift given to us by God.
  • Sharelle Stubbs-Morgan on Acts 17
    Hello,

    Please give me information about Paul keeping the law. People feel that they don't have to obey the law do to his writing.

    Thanks,
  • Andy G van den Berg - in Reply on Acts 17
    Sharelle,

    The believers do not entangle themselves in the affairs of this life ( 2 Timothy 2:4). This current world is Satan' kingdom ( Matthew 12:26; Luke 4:6; 11:18; John 12:31; 14:30; 2 Cor. 4:4; Eph. 2:2; 6:12; 1 John 3:8). In fact, for whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world, and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith ( 1John 5:4).

    Seek, and ye shall find (Mathew 7:7).

    Only through 'True Repentance' will God be able to reveal Himself, and adopt you as His sons and daughters ( Rom. 8:15,23; 2 Cor.6:18; Gal. 4:5; Eph. 1:5; Hebr. 12:5; 1 John 3:1).

    The word 'Repent' means a lot more than what people by nature have been conditioned to believe. It is the key principle of all the teachings of Jesus Christ and the axiom (basis) of the Word of God and a prerequisite and primary requirement for the salvation of mankind. It actually means the changing of spirits - to turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan unto God ( Acts 26:18).

    For a better understanding and the 'spiritual truth' of what it means to repent, and learn how and by whom mankind has been deceived ( Rev. 12:9), and what people must do to be reunited with the true and living God, we invite you to seek Him according to the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive ( John 14:17).

    You need not that any man teach you ( Isaiah 54:13; 6:45; 1 John 2:27), It is only by revelation of God that you will come to know Christ ( Daniel 12:4,9; Amos 3:7; Matthew 16:17; Luke 2:26; Romans 16:25; 1 Cor. 2:10; Gal. 1:16; Eph. 3:3,5; Rev. 1:1). It is a narrow way that leadeth unto 'Life', and few there be that find it ( Matthew 7:14).
  • Carleton - in Reply on Acts 17
    Hi, Saul was very, very good at keeping the law and so was he at holding the coats.

    :)
  • From a friend in Jesus on Acts 17
    I am not concerned about what is referred to as the new world order. The prince of this world has his desired order well planned and in long ago in action. The Bible's warnings are for the believer and those whose desire is to believe.

    Many warnings that are often applied to the world should be applied to the Christian's very own personal life and Christian walk. It should be understood that Satan's plan is to upset God's peace in his believers and have them turn from God and believe a lie. Believing a lie is a lie in itself.

    Satan and his world is the lie. Many hearts will fail in fear as the times get darker and they will use earthly or worldly ways to try to overcome a spiritual battle. The battle is for the soul not the body. The Body of believers, Jesus's Church and Bride will prevail in peace and understanding.

    There are a lot of false Christians and non- believers who stand in the short run to gain by the darkness that is in this earth. We only can pray for them and live as lights of God as a peace witness that the Life of Jesus still lives in his true believers.

    One great device of Satan is to blame others for your problem, for your life, for the conditions you face and this feeling of superiority or inferiority is not of God and it will harden one's heart and darken the light upon you. Blaming Satan? This undermines the grace of God! When this happens our self righteousness grows and our eyes are off of Jesus and we will lose peace and grace as the Holy Spirit pulls away and we will need repentance again.

    Love your neighbor as your self and Love the Grace of God in Jesus Christ and listen to the still small voice of the Holy Spirit for guidance.
  • Seun on Acts 17
    despite not your little begining
  • Andy G van den Berg on Acts 17
    On ACTS 17:30.

    The Word of God is God ( John 1:1) and is not of any private interpretation ( 2 Peter 1:20).

    The word 'Repent' in different forms (repent, repentance, repented, repentest, repenteth, repenting, repentings) is mentioned 110 times in the KJV, and means a lot more than what people by nature have been conditioned to believe. The word 'repent' used in the New Testament was translated from the Greek word "metanoeo", and means to change, transform, to think differently or reconsider.

    It is the key principle of all the teachings of Jesus Christ and the axiom (basis) of the Word of God and a prerequisite and primary requirement for the salvation of mankind. It actually means the changing of spirits - to turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan unto God ( Acts 26:18).

    For a better understanding and the 'spiritual truth' of what it means to repent, and learn how and by whom mankind has been deceived ( Rev. 12:9) and what people must do to be reunited with the true and living God, we invite you to seek Him according to the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive ( Matthew 7:7; John 14:17).

    You need not that any man teach you ( Isaiah 54:13; 6:45; 1 John 2:27), as mankind follows after an image of a false god and a false Christ ( Matthew 24:24; Mark 13:22; Gal. 4:8; 2 Cor. 11:13-15; Rev. 12:9).

    It is only by revelation of God that people will come to know the true Christ ( Daniel 12:4,9; Amos 3:7; Matthew 16:17; Luke 2:26; Romans 16:25; 1 Cor. 2:10; Gal. 1:16; Eph. 3:3,5; Rev. 1:1), and only then will you be able to overcome the spirit of this world ( 1 John 5:4; Rev. 3:21) and learn what 'True Repentance' means, and how this whole world has been deceived ( Rev. 12:9). It should also be remembered that it is a narrow way that leadeth unto 'Life', and few there be that find it ( Matthew 7:14).

    LUKE 15:10. LIKEWISE, I SAY UNTO YOU, THERE IS JOY IN THE PRESENCE OF THE ANGELS OF GOD OVER ONE SINNER THAT REPENTETH
  • D W L - in Reply on Acts 17
    Very well said and that is the Word. It's easy to take a few scriptures and make them say what someone wants to hear.
  • Carleton - in Reply on Acts 17
    Please do not underestimate how the Living God in Jesus Christ by His Holy Spirit can speak to his believer in any scripture or even one word. As one limits this possibility one is heading for a private interpretation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and heading towards self justification in one's own righteousness. God can speak an entire message to one's heart on an ant's work if he chooses.
  • Andy G van den Berg - in Reply on Acts 17
    By nature mankind is born in sin and separated from God. As such mankind is not able to understand the Word of God as the Word is God ( John 1:!). This is the very reason why mankind relies on interpreting the Word of God while it is not of any private interpretations ( 2 Peter 1:20).

    It is only through 'True Repentance' that mankind is able to be reunited with God and it is only through 'True Repentance' that God will be able to reveal Himself, and adopt you as His sons and daughters ( Rom. 8:15,23; 2 Cor.6:18; Gal. 4:5; Eph. 1:5; Hebr. 12:5; 1 John 3:1).

    The word 'Repent' in different forms (repent, repentance, repented, repentest, repenteth, repenting, repentings) is mentioned 110 times in the KJV, and means a lot more than what people by nature have been conditioned to believe. The word 'repent' used in the New Testament was translated from the Greek word "metanoeo", and means to change, transform, to think differently or reconsider.

    It is the key principle of all the teachings of Jesus Christ and the axiom (basis) of the Word of God and a prerequisite and primary requirement for the salvation of mankind. It actually means the changing of spirits - to turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan unto God ( Acts 26:18).

    LUKE 15:10. LIKEWISE, I SAY UNTO YOU, THERE IS JOY IN THE PRESENCE OF THE ANGELS OF GOD OVER ONE SINNER THAT REPENTETH.
  • Andy G van den Berg - in Reply on Acts 17
    The Word of God is God ( John 1:1) and is not of any private interpretation ( 2 Peter 1:20).
  • Carleton - in Reply on Acts 17
    Good morning Andy, Perhaps there is something more behind your thoughts, please tell us.

    Carleton
  • Andy G van den Berg - in Reply on Acts 17
    Carleton,

    You can learn more by Googling my name.
  • Carleton - in Reply on Acts 17
    Hello Andy and friends, Actually, Nova Scotia is another home to brethren of mine. and unfortunately Nevada is not. Andy and friends, I do not need to say any more than God will remind you of them and myself when you cross paths.

    Carleton
  • Carleton - in Reply on Acts 17
    Hello again Andy and friends, The Lord just now has reminded me that my brethren near and far are lambs and that I should be more like them.

    Sincerely, Carleton
  • Andy G van den Berg - in Reply on Acts 17
    Carleton,

    It is referred to as self-righteousness ( Romans 10:3) and the unbelievers are referred to as 'goats' ( Matthew 25:32).
  • Carleton - in Reply on Acts 17
    Ok Andy and friends. I for now am happy to be your goat.

    :)
  • Andy G van den Berg - in Reply on Acts 17
    Our message is according to the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive ( John 14:17). Please note the word 'cannot'.

    We also invite you to read Matthew 24:24; Mark 13:21,22; 2 Cor. 11:13-15; Gal, 4:8 and Revelation 12:9.

    Seek, and ye shall find ( Matthew 7:7).
  • Carleton - in Reply on Acts 17
    Hi Andy and friends, I gave my repentant experience in detail on this website on July 23 of this year. What is your point?

    Carleton
  • Andy G van den Berg - in Reply on Acts 17
    Carleton,

    You can learn more how the people of this world been deceived by Googling my name. We understand you are in Nevada. Well we are a few hours difference as we reside in Nova Scotia.

    In the meantime our message remains the same: Ye must Repent and turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan unto God ( Acts 26:18). It means a lot more than saying 'You are Sorry'.
  • Andy G van den Berg - in Reply on Acts 17
    Carleton,

    Our message remains the same: Ye must repent and turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan unto God ( Acts 26:18).

    Seek, and ye shall find ( Matthew 7:7).
  • Carleton - in Reply on Acts 17
    Hi Andy and friends, I understand the message but I do not understand the delivers of the message.

    Thank you. Carleton the goat (for now).
  • Terry on Acts 17:11
    What scriptures can you share with a person that you care about but don't understand the fact that every thing, is not going to go or be ok every day.

    Please help me.
  • Bendito Palavra - in Reply on Acts 17
    Some of my favorites:

    John chapter 16 is Jesus preparing his disciples for difficulty, ending with "These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." (verse 33).

    Acts 14:22 is an exhortation to continue in the faith through tribulation.

    Romans chapter 8 is Paul's testimony on hardship and the believer's victory in Christ Jesus.

    Revelation 2:8-11 is Jesus encouraging the suffering Church.

    Revelation 7:9-17 shows us a great multitude come out of tribulation, redeemed by the blood of the lamb.


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