Acts 21

In reading this chapter this time I was struck by the detail that Luke recorded the journey to Jerusalem! Luke could have just told us that they left the elders of Ephesus at Miletus and sailed on to Caesarea but he described the journey to us in such a way you knew you were reading the account of someone who had actually took this journey with Paul. No matter what you think of Christianity, scholars have agree that What Luke wrote is a masterpiece of historical literature.

We also see in this chapter how Paul viewed the Law. He observed the Law as part of his culture but he did not depend on the Law for his salvation. Which gives us an insight of what legalism is all about. Legalism at it’s heart is about using the Law to achieve our salvation, which can’t be done for we will always fall short, but this not mean God will not hold us accountable for doing His will. I thank God everyday for His grace!

2 comments

  • Jerry

    I was taken with not just the detail of their stops but the number of cities that had established churches with elders in such a relatively short time. I was also reminded of what a contentious city Jerusalem must have been and the “peacekeeping” role the Romans played. Had they not been there Paul could have been killed – we often wonder about God’s timing and His use of evil nations to accomplishment His Story. Here is another example …

  • missliz

    In some ways the journey of Paul toward Jerusalem mirrors the journey of Jesus toward the same city. They both knew they were headed toward danger and persecution and both were innocent. I don’t mean to suggest that Paul was divine like Christ but that he followed in His footsteps.

    Paul willingly went through the purification rituals and also paid for his companions even though they were no longer required by God. It speaks to the legalism the church leaders must have dealt with in the early church. Is this another example of his becoming all things to all people in order to advance the cause of Christ?

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