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Acts 28 - The End?

This is the last chapter of Acts, but the story is continuing in your life.


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Acts 28 Summary


After their harrowing ordeal at sea, Paul & company shipwreck on the island of Malta, where they enjoy superb hospitality.


Paul is able to perform some miracles there, but one thing we don't read of is Paul preaching the Word on Malta. That seems out of character for Paul.


Finally, after years of imprisonment, sham trials and life threating ocean voyages, Paul achieves his goal of making it to Rome. Luke, who wrote with great fervor and detail when describing their voyages, simply states and so we came to Rome (v14).


Once again, Paul resumes his normal pattern of preaching to the Jews in the city first. He arrives at the synagogue expecting a fight but it turns out they'd never heard of Paul, although they had heard of the Christian 'sect.'


Then the whole account of the early church seems to come to a somewhat unceremonious end.



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We have a hundred questions about what happens to Paul after he gets to Rome. Luke answers about 1-1/2 of those questions.


How did his trial turn out? Did he make it to Spain? What was the Roman church like? Just like our last book, Mark, ended unexpectedly, Acts does as well. It's almost as if Luke ran out of scroll, so he had to wrap it up right here.


Although Paul has been the hero of Acts from a literary perspective, the book has not been about Paul, so what ends up happening to him doesn't really matter. The book as been Luke's carefully investigated report to Theophilus about how the Holy Spirit has been at work spreading the gospel to the ends of the earth.


But the story is far from over. In fact, it continues even today. As members of this holy, catholic church, you and I are experiencing the ongoing story Luke began in the book of Acts.



AAA Prayer:

  • ACKNOWLEDGE WHO GOD IS: He is the God who cares for His people and will heal them (v27). Thank Him that He has turned your heart to Him.

  • ALIGN YOUR LIFE WITH GOD'S WILL: Thank God that you are part of the ongoing book of Acts and ask Him to use you as He used these early apostles and evangelists.

  • ASK GOD FOR WHAT YOU NEED:

 

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