biblestudy: Acts (Part 19)
Acts 18: Priscilla and Aquila, Gallio's Decision, Arrival of Apollos
John W. Ritenbaugh
Given 31-Jan-89; Sermon #BS-AC19; 82 minutes
Before continuing the nineteenth installment expounding the book of Acts, John Ritenbaugh, reflecting upon the Jerusalem Counsel's prohibition against eating blood, makes it clear that this element of the law, a capital offense, was inextricably tied to sacrifices, mentioned frequently throughout Leviticus and Deuteronomy, associated with the source of life and the atonement for the soul- prefiguring or symbolizing the sacrifice of Christ covering our sins- making us at one with God, something that God took seriously. At the beginning of chapter 18, Paul arrives in Corinth, befriended by Roman expatriates Priscilla and Aquila, devout individuals very important in Paul's ministry, both economically and spiritually. Paul's spirits are additionally revived and energized at receiving good news from Silas and Timothy, leading him to be more aggressive and bold. With this new-found energy, Paul encountered some new persecution but also saw his work bear fruit; he was driven from the synagogue, but paradoxically won over the leader of the synagogue, Crispus, to Christianity. A potential problem and source of persecution is quickly resolved by the new Roman consul, Gallio, who, upon refusing to get involved in what he considers an intramural squabble in the Jewish church, gives Christianity legal status in the Roman empire. At the conclusion of the chapter, we become acquainted with the eloquent new convert Apollos, whose deficit in knowledge and understanding is filled in by Priscilla and Aquila.
Areopagus Athens Berea Crespis Edict of Claudius Degenerate influences Draining the blood Drinking the blood Eating blood Epicureans Health regulation Justus Nazarite vow Saul's rash vow Shaking of the garments oath Sotonius Stoics
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