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Acts 9:4

He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”

(OPB)

Here, persecution of followers of Jesus is persecution of Jesus Himself. How? In the motivation of the persecutor.

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Acts summary

Twenty five posts for Acts.

I’m not left with any great impression, as with Luke, written by the same author. On the other hand, its a good preparation for the letters, and (as with Luke again) I seem to have collected a fair few aphorisms. The real test will be how often I come back to these, and what I make of them.

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Acts 24:15

and in reliance on God I hold the hope, which my accusers too accept, that there is to be a resurrection of good and wicked alike.

(REB; OPB)

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Acts 20:24

From Paul’s farewell to the Ephesians (Acts 20:18-35).

For myself, I set no store by life; all I want is to finish the race, and complete the task which the Lord Jesus assigned to me, that of bearing my testimony to the gospel of God’s grace.

(REB; OPB)

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Acts 18:10

“I am with you, and no attack shall harm you, for I have many in this city who are my people.”

(REB; OPB)

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Acts 17:24-29

17:24 The God who made the world and all things in it, he, being Lord of heaven and earth, doesn’t dwell in temples made with hands, 17:25 neither is he served by men’s hands, as though he needed anything, seeing he himself gives to all life and breath, and all things. 17:26 He made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the surface of the earth, having determined appointed seasons, and the boundaries of their dwellings, 17:27 that they should seek the Lord, if perhaps they might reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. 17:28 ‘For in him we live, and move, and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also his offspring.’ 17:29 Being then the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold, or silver, or stone, engraved by art and design of man.

(WEB)

I like this a lot.

So why do I want to sut out the next two verses?

17:30 The times of ignorance therefore God overlooked. But now he commands that all people everywhere should repent, 17:31 because he has appointed a day in which he will judge the world in righteousness by the man whom he has ordained; of which he has given assurance to all men, in that he has raised him from the dead.”

(WEB)

Here Paul spells out the practical consequences. The point is not to interpret, but to change.

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Acts 16:31

And they answered, “Put your trust in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

(REB; http://bible.cc/acts/16-31.htm)

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Acts 14:17

and yet He did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good and gave you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness.

(OPB)

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Acts 13:39

Through him everyone who believes is justified from everything you could not be justified from by the law of Moses.

(OPB)

The law of Jesus — His two commandments to love God and love each other — frees us from the laws of Moses.

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Acts 12:9

Peter followed him out of the prison, but he had no idea that what the angel was doing was really happening; he thought he was seeing a vision.

(OPB)

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