Category: 106: Gospels and Acts

Acts 19 – 20

Acts 19 John Baptist’s disciples are introduced to the teachings of Jesus Christ by the preaching of Apollos.  The issue here is that the disciples of John were baptized in repentance to the Mosaic Covenant, but were not baptized into Jesus Christ and the New Covenant.  They had heard the message to repent of sin from John, but […]

Acts 17 – 18

Acts 17 Paul preaches the Gospel of Salvation by Jesus Christ in Thessalonica.  I am emphasizing that the Gospel that was preached was about Salvation and the way into the Kingdom; not palliatives about how wonderful the Kingdom of God will be.  Acts 17:1 Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came […]

Acts 15 – 16

Acts 15 Certain Jews then came to Antioch demanding that Paul and Barnabas circumcise the repentant adult Gentiles;  This from the law concerning Gentiles who entered PHYSICAL Mosaic Israel: Exodus 12:48    And when a stranger shall sojourn with thee, and will keep the passover to the Lord, let all his males be circumcised, and then […]

Acts 13 – 14

Acts 13 The apostles and leaders gather at Antioch Acts 13:1 Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch [a tetrarch was the ruler of a forth part […]

Acts 11-12

Acts 11 Some of the Jews in Jerusalem and Judea resisted and rebuked Peter for entering the house of a converted Gentile. Peter then explained the whole series of events to them Acts 11:1 And the apostles and brethren that were in Judaea heard that the Gentiles had also received the word of God.  11:2 And […]

Acts 9 – 10

Acts 9 Saul appears to be one of the chief organizers of persecution against the Ekklesia, seeking them out relentlessly.  This was because of his zeal for the traditions of his sect.  Saul was zealous for his sect, having been deceived into thinking that those traditions were the truth of God.   Many today are doing […]

Acts 7 – 8

Acts 7 Then the high priest asked for Stephen’s defense, and Stephen preached the gospel to his accusers in the face of a cruel death. Acts 7:1 Then said the high priest, Are these things so? Then Stephen responded by preaching the sound doctrine of the gospel with authority; which is NOT done in these relatively easy […]

Acts 5 – 6

Acts 5 Ananias, and Sapphira lie to the assembly and lie to God Acts 5:1 But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, 5:2 And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles’ feet. 5:3 But Peter […]

Acts 3 – 4

Acts 3 The True Gospel is Preached Mark 16:17   And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 16:18 They shall take up [not be harmed by deadly creatures] serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they […]

Acts 2; Pentecost

Acts 2 Acts 2 now goes directly to the Feast of Pentecost in 31 A.D.  All of the disciples had been waiting from Christ’s ascension to heaven on the fortieth day after his resurrection, for ten so days; coming to the fiftieth day after Christ’s resurrection on Wave Offering Sunday; which is the Feast of Weeks called Pentecost. […]

Acts 1

Acts 1 Luke begins by referring to his former history of Christ now known as the Book of Luke and a short reminder of its contents. Luke and  Acts were written as historical letters to Theophilus a man of Greece [judging by the Greek name]. Theophilus must have shared these two letters with others and they […]

John 20-21

John 20 Early Sunday morning before sunrise, Mary Magdalene visits the Tomb. Jesus had died about 3 pm on Wednesday and was placed in the tomb shortly afterwards. It would have been necessary to place him in the tomb by about 5 pm or so; so that they could return home and wash for the annual […]

John 19

John 19 Pilate gave in to the mob after declaring Jesus innocent; and illegally scourged Christ and sent him to be crucified. John 19:1   Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him. 19:2 And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe, 19:3 […]

John 18

John 18 Jesus ending his prayer and singing Psalms 115-118 (Mark 14:26) they left the banquet room and went out to a garden with his disciples.  John 18:1 When Jesus had spoken these words, he went forth with his disciples over the brook Cedron, where was a garden, into the which he entered, and his […]

John 17

John 17 The Prayer of Christ Many read right over this at Passover not even realizing the distinction between Christ’s words directed to the disciples and his prayer to God the Father. Christ prays that the called out may “Know” Him and God the Father and be spiritually ONE in FULL UNITY with them. John 17:1 […]

John 16

John 16 John 16:1 These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. We are being warned of the price to be paid for internalizing God the Father and Jesus Christ, so that we will not become discouraged and offended when the time comes to pay that price. This should be a […]

John 15

John 15 The Vine and Branches This is a powerful; explanation of the meaning of the command to cut branches and bring them into the temple at the Feast of Tabernacles.  Bringing in the branches with great rejoicing represents bringing in of the harvest of humanity into the Family of God.  Jesus teaches that he is the […]

John 14

John 14 John 14:1   Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 14:2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, […]

John 13

John 13 These are the words of Christ which we read at the Passover service. They are full of meaning and should be carefully studied and considered; not just read over and set aside for another year without any real understanding of what is being said. As we prepare for this Passover, let us seriously study […]

John 12

John 12 John 12 provides some immediate background to the final Passover of Christ in the flesh. Notice that this anointing took place six days before Passover, and since Passover was on a Wednesday we can count back six days, Tuesday, Monday, Sunday, Saturday and Friday ending on Thursday.  This dinner at which the woman anointed the feet […]

John 11

John 11 John 11:1 Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. 11:2 (It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.) 11:3 Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is […]

John 10

John 10 Jesus Christ is the DOOR between the flock and God the Father; the ultimate Good Shepherd. Those called out who faithfully follow the Father are his sheep. The key to the kingdom of heaven given to Peter and the disciples is the Gospel of the DOOR [Christ]! The gospel of warning, repentance, the […]

John 9

John 9 The blind are healed so that Christ might be made known by his works, and as an allegory that Jesus heals spiritual blindness. John 9:1 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. This man was born blind to show forth the glory of God through his […]

John 8

John 8 John 8 to 11 covers the six month period between the last Feast of Tabernacles and the last Passover of Christ. John 8:1 Jesus went unto the mount of Olives [for the night]. 8:2 And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and […]

John 7

John 7 John, who is not writing a detailed history and is focusing on the teachings of Christ, now jumps forward to the last Feast of Tabernacles observed by Christ in the flesh.  As in John 6, where Christ expounded on the symbols of Passover; presenting himself as the Bread of Life eternal for all […]