All for the Sake of the Gospel - Part 2 (2 of 2)
October 23, 2005
INTRODUCTION: Paul is about to use his "Jewish-ness" for the advantage of the gospel. There is a natural bridge from the Old Covenant to the New Covenant that is clearly seen in his heart and mind as the description of the Messiah.
Acts 9:20-22, "Immediately he preached the Christ in the synagogues, that He is the Son of God. Then all who heard were amazed, and said, 'Is this not he who destroyed those who called on this name in Jerusalem, and has come here for that purpose, so that he might bring them bound to the chief priests? But Saul increased all the more in strength, and confounded the Jews who dwelt in Damascus, proving that this Jesus is the Christ."
I. DECLARATION AS SEEN IN PROPHECY. 26-37
Message becomes more personal here; moves from 3rd
person (v.17 "they") to 2nd person (v.26 "you")
A. HIS AUDIENCE. 26
"sons of the family of Abraham" – Jews
"those among you who fear God" – Gentiles
Salvation is for all through the very Savior heralded by John
Romans 1:16, "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek."
It was proclaimed and thus made available "to everyone who believes"
B. HIS ANTICIPATION. 27-33a
1. THEIR PROBLEM. 27-31
1. If Jesus is the Messiah, why did the Jewish
leaders fail to recognize Him as such?
"they did not know Him" – recognize Him
"voices of the Prophets" – those who are ignorant of the written Word will inevitably be ignorant of the Living Word!
Stephen, Peter, and now Paul addressed this
Acts 3:13-14, "The God of Abraham, Isaac, and
Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified His
Servant Jesus, whom you delivered up and
denied in the presence of Pilate, ...
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