Acts 9

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So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?” Then the Lord said to him, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”

— Acts 9:6

The persecutor is humbled and reduced to—what appears to be—a tearful and fearful plea, “Lord, what do You want me to do?” And in a flash the great persecutor of the church becomes (perhaps) the greatest preacher of the church. Only God could work such a work!

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Acts 8

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Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word.

— Acts 8:4

Is there a “bright side” to persecution? That is a tough question to wrestle with. Clearly, no one (at least to my knowledge) desires suffering and persecution. But welcome it or not, persecution is practically guaranteed in the New Testament, to the point that Peter bids Christians to “think it not strange the fiery trial.” So, again, is there a “bright side” to persecution?

In one sense, at least in Acts 8, there was. As a result of persecution, the Christians (finally) left Jerusalem to begin the work (in earnest) of the Great Commission, taking the gospel to Judea, Samaria and ultimately the ends of the earth.

Certainly, I don’t want to suffer persecution, but if it be God’s will, may it be used for His glory.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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Acts 7

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But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God, and said, “Look! I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!”

– Acts 7:55-56

Jesus is seated in heaven at the right hand of glory. But when His servants are persecuted, and ultimately martyred for righteousness sake, He stands to greet them.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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Acts 6

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“Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business; but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”

– Acts 6:3-4

I find the qualifications for servants in the early church to be intriguing and insightful. “Seek out men of (1) good reputation, (2) full of the Holy Spirit and (3) full of wisdom.” Those are solid qualifications!

If you want to be a servant who fits the bill, be filled with the Spirit, make wise decisions and make sure that you have a good reputation.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim

Acts 5

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But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: “We ought to obey God rather than men.

– Acts 5:29

Though we are exhorted in the Scriptures to submit to every ordinance of man, there is a time for civil disobedience, and this is one of those times. When earthly authorities command disobedience to God, obey God. Simple!

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim

Acts 4

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“If we this day are judged for a good deed done to a helpless man, by what means he has been made well, let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole.

– Acts 4:9-10

Again we are confronted with the bold proclamation of politically incorrect truth. One wonders how Peter—the denier of the Lord on the night that Jesus was betrayed, arrested and condemned—became so bold to speak in this manner? Well, we do not have to look very far to understand where Peter’s boldness came from, for the answer is found in the previous verse where we read, “Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said…”

To boldly speak the truth, we need the enabling power of the Holy Spirit.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim

Acts 3

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“But you denied the Holy One and the Just, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, and killed the Prince of life, whom God raised from the dead, of which we are witnesses.”

– Acts 3:14-15

The truth is not always politically correct. In fact, it almost seems as though it rarely is. Which means that those who will speak the truth will need to do so with boldness.

That is what we need when we proclaim the truths of the Kingdom of God… boldness.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim

Acts 2

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“Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.”

– Acts 2:36

Jesus is both Lord and Christ. This is essential to our faith. He is, by virtue of His greatness and the greatness of His work, both Lord and Christ. But for Jesus to be your Christ He must also become your Lord.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim

Acts 1

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who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”

– Acts 1:11

The hope and teaching of the Church for the last 2,000 years is that Jesus will return one day to establish His rule and reign for eternity. We continue, as Paul did in the 1st century, to look for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, though we be 20 centuries removed.

Lord come quickly!

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim

John 21

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And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen.

– John 21:25

Can you imagine the unwritten works of Jesus? We’re given such a small peek, in the four gospel accounts, into the life and ministry of our Lord. The wonder of it all is that His works continue today. Jesus is working by His Spirit through His people on every continent at this very moment. Most certainly, the books cannot contain His greatness.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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Books on the Gospels

Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim