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Wednesday: The Gospel Goes to the Gentiles — 5 Comments

  1. In Corinthians we see the great hardships that Paul endured while working for the Lord. Could it be that those hardships were punishment for the persecutions he carried out?
    Also how can I apply this lesson so far to my ailing soul?

    • Oliver, your question indicates the same kind of understanding that Job's friends had -- that trials in life are God's punishment for sins committed. Yet, at the end of Job's trial, God said to his friends, "You have not spoken of me that which is right, as my servant Job has." (Job 42:7) God does not deal that way.

      Paul was persecuted and beset by hardships -- not because the Lord punished him, but because he was attacking the gates of hell, and Satan didn't like it.

      One lesson for us is that hardship is not a sign of God's disfavor. In fact, Paul himself suggests that living a godly life will bring on persecution. (2 Timothy 3:12)

      We can be assured that if we put our trust in God, He will give us the strength to go through whatever comes our way in the path of obedience.

  2. For me the lesson shows just how merciful and full of grace God is, just like Paul deserved punishment for how he was treating God's people ( the followers of Jesus the Messiah) we too deserve death (punishment) but God has show such mercy and love toward us that he forgives us and uses us to be his witnesses to others just like Paul.

  3. The problem with the church today is not too little diversity in culture, or ethnicity. The problem is too much diversity in commitment to God. Some are totally devoted, others are financially faithful, still others are just nominal SDA members.
    I think we need to look closely at what is happening in this lesson.
    These characters in the story of Antioch were veterans of a bloody war to destroy their relationship with Jesus.
    The question is; are we willing to leave our comfort zones and tell others of Jesus and His Righteousness?

  4. Great points and comments raised. As we look at the church in our times, we should consider ourselves and the role that we play in the mess (if it exist) and what we can do, starting with "me"...

    Paul looked, saw and then acted.

    But how similiar is the resultant of persecution then the same as the creation or let us say reformation of christian following 1798.

    It is truly interesting that when God's people were persecuted, God raise up men of great to act. Are we ready for the end time tribulation


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