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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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To answer this question I will examine the following verses - most of which were quoted by the OP. Eph 1:13, 4:30 - And in Him, having heard and believed the word of truth—the gospel of your salvation—you were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit ... And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, in whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Thus, all ...


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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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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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In John 15 Jesus declares that He is the true vine and that the Father is the vine dresser. Professing believers are the branches in the vine and they are there to produce fruit abundantly. The vine dresser (God) works to keep the vine healthy and increase fruit production by variously removing fruitless branches and pruning those that have some production ...


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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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Do all believers receive the Holy Spirit at conversion but only a few are filled with [empowered by] the Holy Spirit post conversion? Let's trace the Biblical record and then outline the denominational views. On the 8th day of Tabernacles, Jesus said this to set up our understanding. In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, ...


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Are there any documented cases of “Acts 2 type” tongue speaking (i.e. understood by a foreigner) in history (apart from Acts 2, of course)? I have not heard of this being done in modern times, say from the 19th century on, but that does not mean that it has not been done. I am simply not aware of any modern cases of it. This seems to be a gift from God that ...


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(note: much confusion comes from the translated and interpreted Greek texts. To clarify I will quote the English as written and then offer a translation that is closer to the Greek without denominational interpretations). Sealed upon rebirth The Holy Spirit seals those who believe in Jesus Christ and are saved. “ “Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you,...


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Do all believers receive the Holy Spirit at conversion but only those confirmed are then more filled with the Holy Spirit post conversion? Yes to the first part and yes and yes to the second part according to the which Christian tradition one is dealing with. We all the grace of the Holy Spirit at conversion, baptism and even later on in life. The Holy ...


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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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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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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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