Acts Chapter 18 Discussion

  • Lorri Willis on Acts 18
    Today's scriptures were about acting like someone else when your not just be your self
  • Roy - in Reply on Acts 18
    That did indeed help to confirm my thinking and it is good to have endorsement.

    Best regards

  • GiGi - in Reply on Acts 18
    Hi again Roy,

    the NIV says that Jesus is the Christ not was, but was does not always indicate past tense, as in someone who lived before. It can mean that the "argument" connects the two words before and after in an emphatic way.
  • GiGi - in Reply on Acts 18
    Yes, the promises are scattered throughout the OT. You can put "promised messiah" or "anointed one" in the search box and see which scriptures come up.
  • Roy - in Reply on Acts 18
    Thank you for your response you said "This site etc" but which site are you refering to?


  • Chris - in Reply on Acts 18
    Hello Roy. The rendering of Acts 18:5 in the KJV is a little misleading, as the two words therein, "that & was" are placed in italics. That means that the translators added those words which were not in the original; & they thought best that those extra words would give better meaning to the original text. Looking at the Greek, that verse would read (in a disjointed way to us): "When now came down from Macedonia both Silas and Timothy(;) was occupied with the word, Paul earnestly testifying to the Jews to be the Christ Jesus".

    So, it is understood that Paul was in deep earnest when he was giving out his witness of Jesus. It seems that these Jews were aware of this 'Jesus' but were in grave doubt to the authenticity of His Messiahship. And this prompted Paul's spirit to more earnestly explain & prove that this Jesus was the promised Messiah; in other words, Paul 'gave it his all' to them. However, the next verse (v6) shows that even with his further proving & maybe his entertaining their arguments, these Jews rejected what Paul was testifying. And this prompted him to essentially say that he had no more to give them, & by their rejection of Christ, their lives now stood under God's Judgement & he would go to the Gentiles, as ordained by the Lord.

    I realize that I've taken liberty in transliterating this verse, but hopefully it shows that the words "that & was" were not intended to reference an "earlier or stand alone entity", except of course, Paul's proving from the Scriptures what the Jews already knew, that the Christ was promised to come, & the One who was being expounded to them now by Paul, was He.
  • Roy - in Reply on Acts 18
    So Christ and Messiah are two words with the same meaning?

    And the original promise is in the Old Testament?
  • T Levis - in Reply on Acts 18
    Roy, Acts 18:28,

    1st Paul the one given credit for writing book of Acts was not around Jesus CHRIST during the days before HIS Resurrection, Acts 8, Paul was actually opposed. That might be the past tense reference, if there was any reference to that being past tense at all.

    2nd I read Acts 18:28, as a fact that Jesus was Who HE said he was, the same as: is who HE said HE is. In USA I've lived around many dialects of English = in the "deep south" Eastern coast the 1st would make perfect sense to most. English in the deeper South still has many phrases & words used in KJV like 'Breeches' However Michigan area the second way, may be understood better.

    3rd Please read the entire Books of Matthew 1, Mark 1, Luke 1, John 1, starting with 1st chapters to see who Jesus CHRIST was & is.

    4th maybe most important is the Old Testament points to Jesus being CHRIST all throughout. The same Jesus in the Books of the New Testament. For instance all throughout Psalms points to things Jesus did, & suffered, ' Prophetic fulfillment ' : Psalms 2:6-8, Psalms 8:2, Psalms 27:6, Psalms 16:10, Psalms 18:44, * Psalms 22:1,7,8,14,15,16,17,18,24,27,28,30,31,

    Zechariah 13:6, Isaiah 53,

    Hopefully that helps
  • GiGi - in Reply on Acts 18
    Good evening, Roy

    If you are referring to Acts18:5

    "When both Silas and Timothy had come from Macedonia, Paul was compelled by the Spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus is the Christ." (NIV)

    Here Paul is telling the Jews that Jesus is the promised Messiah (Anointed One) as "Christ" (Greek) "Messiah" "Anointed One" or "Messiah.

    So, these Jews are dispersed Jews from the diaspora and resided in the area of Corinth (think Greece). They had not been in Israel when Jesus lived, so they were hearing the gospel of Jesus from Paul with Paul making specific note that Jesus was indeed the One promised to come in the Torah of long ago. As Jews, they would know what Paul was referring to in his statement. That is why they immediately opposed Paul and blasphemed the Lord.

    Paul shook his garment and absolved himself of any part of their blasphemy, saying "Your blood be on your own heads; I am clean." and stated that from then on he would go to Gentiles with the Gospel. Later in the chapter, the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision, encouraging him saying, "Do not be afraid, but speak, and do not keep silent; for I am with you, and no one will attack you or hurt you; for I have many people in this city."

    I am glad the Lord did this to strengthen Paul in his resolve. Perhaps Paul was considering just leaving town, but after this vision, he "continued there for a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them" (verses 9-11)
  • SEARCH TIPS - in Reply on Acts 18
    Wesley's Notes for Acts 18:28

    He (Paul) spake - Privately; and taught publicly. Probably he returned to live at Alexandria, soon after he had been baptized by John; and so had no opportunity of being fully acquainted with the doctrines of the Gospel, as delivered by Christ and his apostles. And explained to him the way of God more perfectly - He who knows Christ, is able to instruct even those that are mighty in the Scriptures.

    18:27 Who greatly helped through grace - It is through grace only that any gift of any one is profitable to another. Them that had believed - Apollos did not plant, but water. This was the peculiar gift which he had received. And he was better able to convince the Jews, than to convert the heathens.

    People's Bible Notes for Acts 18:28

    For he mightily convinced the Jews. That he was a man of God of great power is shown by Paul's allusions to him. See 1Corinthians 1:12 3:4-6.


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  • Mishael - in Reply on Acts 18
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  • Roy on Acts 18
    Is there a map that depicts the travels of the Apostles as described in Acts?


  • Roy on Acts 18
    In the Acts Chpt 18 I find the phrase "that Jesus was Christ" and the "was Christ" raises a question as this appears to be a reference to an earlier and stand alone entity that is perhaps buried in the Old Testament - is this the case?

    Thanks for your help

  • Earl Bowman - in Reply on Acts 18
    Brother Benton, may CHRIST IN US grace us with HIS wisdom and HIS understanding.

    I BELIEVE we are being conformed (created) into the exactness and perfection of Christ. We are being made Sons of God as he is; but we will NEVER have the GLORY of the FIRST BEGOTTEN.

    1 Corinthians 15:41 There is one glory of the sun, and another of the moon, and another of the stars: for one star differeth from another in glory.

    I BELIEVE this is true of the natural creation; but also represents the FATHER, the BEGOTTEN SON and those SONS created in Christ.
  • Fred scanlan - in Reply on Acts 18
    What does only begotten mean to you? In your heart of hearts, what does it mean? What does sons of God mean to you? What does the glory of God mean to you? Jesus Christ is in the Father. "I and my Father are one. If you have seen the Father ,you have seen the Son"! "My kingdom is not of this world".
  • Jesse - in Reply on Acts 18

    Even though we become sons and daughters through spiritual re-birth, we are not called the begotten of God. Jesus Christ is the only begotten of the Father. The word begotten in the Greek text means unique. Jesus Christ is the only unique one from the Father.

    John 1:18 is quite a statement. No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, and again the word begotten means unique. The only one who is in human form that represents God, the only begotten Son which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

    It is the relationship of the Word to the representative of God to man. First of all, nobody has ever seen God at any time. Nobody! The only one, the only unique one who has come from God, who is in the Father's bosom, another word of equality, He and the Father are one which He says John 10:31.

    He, that is Jesus Christ, He has declared God. The word for declared is EXEGESITO. That is where we get our word exegesis from. An exegete is somebody who takes something apart and declares in detail the facts about a subject.

    So there are the three principles concerning Jesus Christ: in existence, in equality, and in essence.

    The only begotten Son (Existed) in the bosom of the Father.

    (Equality) - bosom of the Father means that He is one with him.

    And thirdly, (Essence) - God in human form.

    In other words, if anybody wants to know about God, they go to Jesus Christ. He is not just a prophet. He's not just a rabbi. In the Christian faith and Biblical Christianity, He is God in the flesh, 100% God, 100% man!
  • Benon on Acts 18
    Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!

    I have got a question, am not asking out of carnality,but to be edified.

    QN: The bible says in the famous scripture of John 3:16 that Jesus is the only begotten son of God.It is repeated also in John 1:18 and 1 John 4:9.I agree that Jesus is the begotten son of God,but at the same time even us who have believed in Him we have been begotten of God and we are sons ( John 1:12).So, is Jesus the only begotten son of God?

    Will be grateful to hear from you.

    Again, I am not challenging the gospel, I am just a believer who needs to be edified.

  • Bella on Acts 18
    I love the kjv it is just like the book that I

    Love Bella
  • SkipVought - in Reply on Acts 18

    These books that you are referring to are called Apocrypha books, written in the four centuries between the Old and New Testaments. They were not regarded as inspired by the Jewish people, nor did the Apostles and early church fathers.

    St Jerome was persuaded, against his original intention, to include the Apocrypha in his Vulgate Latin translation of the Scriptures, completed about 405 AD.

    They were never considered canonical by any church body until the Roman Catholic Church officially recognized the Apocrypha at the Council of Trent in the mid 1500s, as a reaction to The Protestant Reformation.

    They can be informative and helpful, but are not considered to be God-Breathed Scripture; not EVER part of The Canon.
  • Alfreda on Acts 18
    yes, good evening. Can you explain why or who is to say, that the bibles books that were taken out, was information needed to make the whole bible work in another demention, then how its used today.
  • Resa white on Acts 18
    How did aquilla and priscilla help paul?
  • Ruthann Swenton on Acts 18:9
    We are learn about this in church on Wednesday New Life Apostolic Church in West you can watch it on Facebook sometimes I Wednesday but we definitely on Sundays bible study in the
  • Hugo Zyl - in Reply on Acts 18
    God bless you in Christ

    Thank you for taking the time to type that out. I really enjoyed reading that.

    A pity for only having 2000 characters. :-D

    Yours in Christ
  • Scientists working on this - in Reply on Acts 18
    Jesus, as described in the New Testament, was most likely crucified on Friday April 3, 33 A.D.

    The latest investigation, reported in the journal International Geology Review, focused on earthquake activity at the Dead Sea, located 13 miles from Jerusalem. The Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 27, mentions that an earthquake coincided with the crucifixion:

    "And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split and the tombs broke open."

    To analyze earthquake activity in the region, geologist Jefferson Williams of Supersonic Geophysical and colleagues Markus Schwab and Achim Brauer of the German Research Center for Geosciences studied three cores from the beach of the Ein Gedi Spa adjacent to the Dead Sea.

    Varves, which are annual layers of deposition in the sediments, reveal that at least two major earthquakes affected the core: a widespread earthquake in 31 B.C. and an early first century seismic event that happened sometime between 26 A.D. and 36 A.D.

    The latter period occurred during "the years when Pontius Pilate was procurator of Judea and when the earthquake of the Gospel of Matthew is historically constrained," Williams said.

    "The day and date of the crucifixion (Good Friday) are known with a fair degree of precision," he said. But the year has been in question.

    In terms of textual clues to the date of the crucifixion, Williams quoted a Nature paper authored by Colin Humphreys and Graeme Waddington. Williams summarized their work as follows:

    * All four gospels and Tacitus in Annals (XV,44) agree that the crucifixion occurred when Pontius Pilate was procurator of Judea from 26-36 AD.

    * All four gospels say the crucifixion occurred on a Friday.

    * All four gospels agree that Jesus died a few hours before the beginning of the Jewish Sabbath (nightfall on a Friday).

    [this is all I could fit in 2000 spaces]
  • Carl Vernon on Acts 18
    John 2:19-22 Matthew 28 : 1-6 John 19:31

    Was Jesus crucified on Wednesday or Friday?

    Was Jesus risen in the 1st day of the week or on the Sabbath?
  • Naomia - in Reply on Acts 18:17
    In 1 Corin 1:1 Paul calls Sosthenes a brother (in christ). So if this is the same person in Acts 18:17.He was a Christisn and beaten probably because he allowed Paul to teach.
  • Nicholas on Acts 18:17
    So, I take it that this is an endorsement of violence towards non believer's? Someone please advise, thank you.
  • Caroline on Acts 18
    One must pray for Spiritual Faith to continue speaking the truth and reality of Christ Jesus.
  • Ren on Acts 18
    @ Irene123 Serpent in the dictionary is a large snake. Genesis 49:17 Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path, that biteth the horse heels, so that his rider shall fall backward.
    Never seen a frog bite a horse before LOL
  • Ray321 on Acts 18
    John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. We must read his Word in Spirit. Philippians 3:3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.

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