Sunday, March 10, 2013

From Acts to Revelation Part 67 – Paul Transferred



From Acts to Revelation
Part 67  – Paul Transferred
Pastor Bruce A. Shields
House of Faith Church | www.PS127.org | www.TruthDigest.org

INTRODUCTION
Paul, sitting in captivity, not in chains, but rather, protective custody, awaiting his fate, hears from Jesus who tells him, “As you have testified about me in Jerusalem, you will also do so in Rome.”

Paul's nephew hears of a plot to kill Paul, and takes the news to Paul, who tells him to share the information with the Captain. The plot was to trick the Captain into bringing Paul to the Sanhedrin for more questioning, on the way, over 40 men who took a vow not to eat or drink anything would lie in wait to kill Paul.

The Captain believed Paul's nephew, and told him not to tell anyone he had revealed the plot to the Captain.

SCRIPTURE REFERENCE ~ Acts 23:23-35
Then he called two of his centurions and ordered them, “Get ready a detachment of two hundred soldiers, seventy horsemen and two hundred spearmen to go to Caesarea at nine tonight. 24 Provide horses for Paul so that he may be taken safely to Governor Felix.”
25 He wrote a letter as follows:
26 Claudius Lysias,
To His Excellency, Governor Felix:
Greetings.
27 This man was seized by the Jews and they were about to kill him, but I came with my troops and rescued him, for I had learned that he is a Roman citizen. 28 I wanted to know why they were accusing him, so I brought him to their Sanhedrin. 29 I found that the accusation had to do with questions about their law, but there was no charge against him that deserved death or imprisonment. 30 When I was informed of a plot to be carried out against the man, I sent him to you at once. I also ordered his accusers to present to you their case against him.
31 So the soldiers, carrying out their orders, took Paul with them during the night and brought him as far as Antipatris. 32 The next day they let the cavalry go on with him, while they returned to the barracks. 33 When the cavalry arrived in Caesarea, they delivered the letter to the governor and handed Paul over to him. 34 The governor read the letter and asked what province he was from. Learning that he was from Cilicia, 35 he said, “I will hear your case when your accusers get here.” Then he ordered that Paul be kept under guard in Herod’s palace.
In today's scripture we will see;

A) How God uses men to share the Word, and to protect the Word

B) How it is, when Jesus gives us a Word, it is a command, and will come to pass, however we MUST OBEY!

C)   We will look at what Word Jesus has given believer's, and examine ourselves!

      D) We will learn how to keep GOD from judging us!


I.       PAUL HAD GOD'S PROTECTION
a.      Saved from the Jews beating him to death

b.     Surrounded by armed Roman guards

c.      Although in protective custody, he was still informed by his nephew of a plot to kill him

d.     Moved to a safer location by the Captain of the Roman army

e.      Surrounded while he was moved by 470 armed men!

f.       Now in protective custody inside Herod's palace



II.   JESUS GAVE PAUL A WORD
a.      Jesus said it, so it will be!

b.     There will be no new commands, (or revelation) until what has been said by God has come to pass!
i.       Debunks cults who claim God (or Jesus) has given them NEW covenants or testaments.

c.      Mark 4:35-41 - “35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples“Let us go over to the other side.” 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped.38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”

39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.

40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

41 They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!


d.     Like Paul, and even the waves of the sea!, are we doing what Jesus commanded us?



III.   WHAT WORDS HAS JESUS GIVEN BELIEVERS
a.      Be a light Matthew 5:16 "...let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven."

b.     Love your enemies Matthew 5:43-44 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,"

c.      Do unto others Matthew 7:12 "So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets."

d.     Be a servant to others Mark 10:45 "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve..."

e.      Two-greatest Commands Matthew 22:37-40 "Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

I Corinthians 11:31 “...if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.”


CONCLUSION

Today's scripture showed us;

A) How God uses men to share the Word, and to protect the Word
God used Paul to share the Gospel, and Roman Soldiers to protect him!

B) How it is, when Jesus gives us a Word, it is a command, and will come to pass, however we MUST OBEY!
Jesus told Paul to share the Gospel in Jerusalem, and now Rome, even though he is in protective custody, GOD WILL MAKE A WAY!

C) We will look at what Word Jesus has given believer's, and examine ourselves!
Be a light, love your enemies, do unto others, be a servant, and the two-greatest commands, love your neighbor as yourself, and love God with ALL YOUR HEART, AL YOUR SOUL, and ALL YOUR MIND!

D) We will learn how to keep GOD from judging us!
I Corinthians 11:31 “For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.”

Are YOU OBEYING what Christ Jesus has commanded you as a believer to do?

Judge yourself now, so that you will not be judged...

What judgment may you face?  I Corinthians 11 speaks of sickness, and per-mature death because of sin.

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