Acts 18:12-22

Read: Acts 18:12-22

One of the best archaeological findings ever found pertaining to Biblical accuracy is an inscription called the Delphi inscription, that names Gallio as proconsul of Achaia. The reason for significance of this finding is that it supports Luke’s writings as accurate chronicler of historical information. If he is correct about when Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, this would give credence to his accuracy on virtually everything else he writes. Another reason for the significance of this archaeological find is that it helps us place a firm date on Paul’s time in Corinth as well provides a good working date to come up with a chronology for his life. By the way, the dating for the Delphi inscription is around the year 51 A.D. So, it is likely that Paul was in Corinth around A.D. 50-52. Think about how early still in the life of the church his arrival to Corinth is. This is only some 20 or so years after the death of Christ, so we see very early on how contagious the gospel was and how quickly it was permeating the Roman world.

It should not surprise us that charges are brought against Paul again claiming that his teachings were dangerous. This time Jews are claiming that Paul is teaching ways that are contrary to the law. Gallio is not concerned with issues related to Judaism and dismisses this case. I think we mustn’t over look this matter. I believe that God was at work here, as a matter of fact we read yesterday about a vision that Paul had in which God told him not to be afraid, to keep on talking about Jesus because he was with him. I got to thinking, if what would happen if we heard Jesus praying for us in say, the next room? Would we fear what we do? Would be so nervous to mention his name at work or at school? I want you to know that know we may not hear Jesus praying in the next room, Scripture does tells us his name is on our lips, look at Hebrews 7:25 with me for a minute, “therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.” Pay special attention to that last phrase, “because he always lives to intercede for them,” to intercede means to speak on behalf of. Here we have a picture of Jesus praying for us. How does that change the way you think, and live? Do we have any reason to fear those things that we fear? No. The next time you feel overwhelmed, remember these words from Hebrews. Jesus is praying for you.

About Jason Retherford

The random musings of a youth minister.
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