Paul Preaches Christ (Acts 13:21-30)
Scripture: Acts 13:21-30
In the synagogue at Pisidian Antioch, Paul recounts Israel's history to show how the request for a king that led to Saul reminds them of a previous failure. They had rejected God. God later removed Saul and raised up David who was called a man after God's heart. In class we read various scriptures that help us see how Luke purposely uses "echoes" to highlight common themes. In Luke, Israel chose Barabbas over Jesus who they rejected. This is an echo of Saul and David which Paul mentions in his sermon. God's promise of Messianic salvation is not thwarted by such rebellion, but furthered. The Bible predicted that Messiah would be rejected and suffer.
We also looked at the theme of repentance that is prominent in Luke/Acts. This leads to a discussion of conversion, justification, sanctification, and how important it is to see God's work in saving people. Those who teach that repentance has no place in the gospel have done a very bad job of reading Luke/Acts where it is prominent. Saul of Tarsus' conversion from Acts 9 is part of our discussion as well. We look at evidence that sanctification in the NT is primarily positional, that those who come to Christ are immediately "saints."
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