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Acts 10:1-8 – Cornelius’ vision

At Caesarea there is a Roman centurion. The Romans were foreign overlords of the Jewish people are generally oppressive and hated. Cornelius however fears God. One wonders how a Roman stationed in Judea came to associate himself with the religion of Abraham and Moses. Would he have been mocked by his Roman countrymen? He fears God but he has not become circumcised and…

Acts 9:17-19 – Saul becomes a Christian

Ananias, as an obedient prophet, speaks the Lord’s word to Saul. He indicates to Saul that he has been sent by the Lord Jesus who appeared to you on the road. Ananias lays hands on Saul that he might regain his sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit. Immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight. This occurs as assign to show that…

Acts 9:3-9 – Saul meets Jesus

As Saul approached Damascus suddenly a light from heaven shone around him and there came a sound (like thunder). Usually in the Old Testament this would be a theophany of lightning and thunder – here though it is the appearing of the risen and glorified Jesus. Comparing with the other two accounts of Saul’s conversion it seems that those with Saul saw the light but not…

Acts 9:1-2 – The Church Threatened

Jews from Cilicia had opposed Stephen. One of these was Saul of Tarsus who had approved of Stephen’s being stoned to death. After this a persecution had broken out and the followers of Jesus were scattered. Gamaliel, Saul’s teacher, had previously urged moderation. Gamaliel had cited the examples of Thaddeus and Judas the Galilean who had gathered followers, then been…

Acts 8:9-25 – Simon the magician

Amongst the Samaritans is Simon. Simon formerly had practiced magic/sorcery and astounded the people with his great ability to utilize the power of God. This kind of magic/sorcery involved the manipulation of divine power using names (spiritual insight) or rituals (power-acts) to control people or circumstances normally beyond one’s control. Simon believes and is baptized…