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R. C. Sproul in his book What is Reformed Theology? says that most of the conventional labels in the TULIP rubric are poorly named, including "Irresistible Grace". He prefers the label The Spirit's Effective Call, which matches the Westminster Confession's 10th chapter. So before I get to Acts 7 and the resistible graces, I'll quickly outline what ...


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Although Ken Graham offers one interpretation of the events leading to the stoning of Saint Stephen, I would like to propose an slightly different perspective which I think better fits the biblical text: Especially Acts 6-7. On an intersting note, Stephen's grave has recently been uncovered in the West Bank City of Ramallah. My simple answer regarding who ...


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Who ordered Saint Stephen to death? No individual person ordered St. Stephen to be stoned to death. If in fact someone had ordered Stephen’s execution, I believe St. Luke would have named that individual in the Book of Acts. At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him. - Acts 7:57 Moreover, the Jews ...


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The simple answers is that Acts is descriptive rather than prescriptive. Like all the narrative books it gives us wisdom and informs our decisions, but out relationship to a narrative text is different to our relationship to a text of commands (although those can be embedded within a narrative, as they are in the Pentateuch.) Now there is one command that ...


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The vision was understood by Peter in a specified way as listed in Acts 10:27-29 As Peter talked with him, he went inside and found many people gathered together. He said to them, “You know how unlawful it is for a Jew to associate with a foreigner or visit him. But God has shown me that I should not call any man impure or unclean. So when I was ...


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SUMMARY It was provocatio, not amplius. The latter was used by Felix to delay judgment. From R.C. Sproul's 2010 commentary on Acts page 392 on Acts 24:22: Here Felix invoked the Roman principle known as amplius, the formal delay or reservation of a final judgment. Paul was not convicted in front of Felix, but Felix delayed a final decision on the matter ...


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”And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away. - Acts 13:3” The passage does not tell exactly what is the laying of hands. Is it a blessing prayer for their journey or a sacramental ceremony? Let’s take a look on what is says in this commentary below. Fasting and prayer, imposing their hands upon them. By which ...


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The Law of Moses can be understood as forming the Moral Law and the Ceremonial Law. Both aspects of the Law died when we came to faith in Christ. The Moral Law died in its condemning power, because those who are in union with Christ by faith died with him, and the law no longer has any power over a person who is already dead. So, though the Moral Law ...


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Exodus seems to be silent about the angel. It's a later Jewish tradition, which believes that the angel of presence was God's intermediary to dictate the law to Moses. Please note: that even in the tradition, the law was transmitted, not given, by the angel. See the non-canonical pseudepigrapha work Book of Jubilees 1:27-29 and 2:1 : 27And He said to the ...


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Does Catholic Church acknowledge St. Paul the Apostle as consecrated Bishop during Apostolic times? The short answer is yes. The Catholic Encyclopedia states that St. Paul actually consecrated Timothy a Bishop by St. Paul himself thus St. Paul had to have been a bishop. From Scripture we learn that the Apostles appointed others by an external rite (...


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In this passage, St. Paul is cautioning against schisms among the faithful: 1 Corinthians 1:1-17 (DRB) Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no schisms among you; but that you be perfect in the same mind, and in the same judgment. 11 For it hath been signified unto me, my ...


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The answers are very vague. If a person was suspected to not be of circumcision, they were arrested . In Acts 21:26-36 shows the chaos that came when someone thought Paul took Trophimus the Ephesian to the temple complex. They did not check at the door, they took them on their word until a complaint was lodged. At that time, they would have been ...


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