11. Prequel: The Church at Philippi (NKJV) (Unless otherwise indicated) Paul’s Second Missionary Journey
September 21, 2019
Those Being Led by the Spirit of God, They are the Sons and Daughters of God (Rom. 8:14)
Acts 16: 7 After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them. 8 So passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas. 9 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him, saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” 10 Now after he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them. 11 Therefore, sailing from Troas, we ran a straight course to Samothrace, and the next day came to Neapolis, 12 and from there to Philippi, which is the foremost city of that part of Macedonia, a colony. And we were staying in that city for some days. 13 And on the Sabbath day we went out of the city to the riverside, where prayer was customarily made; and we sat down and spoke to the women who met there. 14 Now a certain woman named Lydia heard us. She was a seller of purple from the city of Thyatira, who worshiped God. The Lord opened her heart to heed the things spoken by Paul. 15 And when she and her household were baptized, she begged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay.” So she persuaded us.” Please read John 17 in its entirety. Focus on verses 20-23; you will be blessed. Jesus has prayed for all who believed in the Father through His (Christ Jesus) name.
John 17: 20-23 “…that they ALL MAY BE ONE…THEY ALSO MAY BE ONE IN US…21 THAT THEY MAY BE ONE JUST AS WE ARE ONE I IN YOU;… THAT THEY MAY BE MADE PERFECT IN ONE”(Read the entire chapter).
1st Cor. 6: 15 “Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? Certainly not! 16 Or do you not know that he who is joined to a harlot is one body with her? For “the two,” He says, “shall become one flesh.” 17 BUT HE WHO IS JOINED WITH THE LORD IS ONE SPIRIT WITH HIM. 18 Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. 19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?”
I mentioned in a previous post on this blog that Paul’s vision in the night most likely came to him by way of a dream. When I read things like this in scripture, I always take into account ‘the when’ of its occurrence. It is possible that he may have been awake and when he saw this man appear to him, however, it’s not probable. In Acts 10: 11, Peter saw a vision while he was awake, but fell into a trance. The Greek word for ‘trance’ is ‘ekstasis’; this is where we get the word ecstasy. The word ekstasis means:
1) any casting down of a thing from its proper place or state, displacement 2) a throwing of the mind out of its normal state, alienation of mind, whether such as makes a lunatic or that of a man who by some sudden emotion is transported as it were out of himself, so that in this rapt condition, although he is awake, his mind is drawn off from all surrounding objects and wholly fixed on things divine that he sees nothing but the forms and images lying within, and thinks that he perceives with his bodily eyes and ears realities shown him by God.
The Apostle Paul had a vision, Greek word ‘horama’; 1) that which is seen, spectacle 2) a sight divinely granted in an ecstasy or in a sleep, a vision. The man said to Paul “Come over to Macedonia and help us”. Therefore, Paul, after seeing the vision, “immediately we sought to go to Macedonia”. The words ‘after’, ‘immediately’ and ‘the next day’ are all designations of time (the when), believe it or not, these things are important. This means there was no hesitation on their part, and the word ‘we’ is inclusive, meaning the author of this book is Dr. Luke (who also wrote the Gospel of Luke), was also traveling with Paul, Silas, and Timothy. Luke recorded the history of The Church based on time with Peter and Paul. He may have had other extra-biblical resources. Any good doctor and historian would possess a wealth of knowledge.
Read Christ words in John 10:1-13; I believe in this illustration (parable), Jesus is telling us to be cautious of what we hear and from whom we hear it. Jesus says He is not only the Good Shephard; He also is the door by which we enter into this grace known as salvation. The stranger, which is synonymous to “a stranger” allotrios: From G243; another’s, that is, not one’s own; by extension foreign, not akin, hostile: – alien, (an-) other (man’s, men’s), strange. And a hireling is misthōtos: From G3409; a wage worker (good or bad): – hired servant, hireling. These care only for themselves and what people say and/think. In my mind and experience, the stranger and the hireling are synonymous. We know that there have been, and still are millions of religious leaders who are in it for the money and number one, no point sugarcoating it. Just like the religious leaders of Christ day, He called them hypocrites, Pharisees, Sadducees, and Scribes. Now do not lump the anointed Prophets, Prophetesses, Kings and Queens that came before Jesus into that category. Many of these men and women, just like Jesus, were willing to lay down their lives for the people of God. They gave no thought about the ideology of corrupt Kings and Queens or false prophets; they did and spoke the things that came by way of the Spirit of God (Heb. 11).
After the death, burial (entombment), and resurrection, and ascension of the LORD Jesus Christ (back to The Throne), we have received the promise of the Holy Spirit (please read John 14:15-31); the indwelling Spirit of God, through whom we have communion with the whole of The Godhead (Look again at 1st Thess. 2:23). I cannot emphasize enough this one truth, we are one spirit with The LORD (1st Cor. 6:17). Therefore, since His Spirit is one with ours, there is a cause and effect. When the Believer receives the baptism of the Holy Spirit, He causes the effect of a fruit-bearing tree which springs forth out of our spirit (John 7:38):
Gal 5:22 “But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness, 23 Gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence). Against such things there is no law [that can bring a charge]” (AMPC).
Rom. 8: 15 “For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with, that we may also be glorified together.”
“Bears witness with” is the Greek word ‘summartureo’, is a verb meaning=bear joint witness I will leave you with this. Take the time to look these verses up these verses and words for yourself, do not just take man or woman’s word for anything be a Berean (Rom. 3:3-4. Even if you don’t have a library, there’s a great big old internet out there.
G4789= Sugklēronomos; from the conj. sun. (4862), together, and klēronomos (2818), an heir, one who has a lot or who is allotted something. One who participates in the same lot, a joint heir (Rom. 8:17). Refers to a personal equality based on a equality of possession. In Heb. 11:9 it speaks of Isaac and Jacob in their relationship with Abraham; in 1st Pet. 3:7 of women in relationship to their husbands being joint heirs of the grace of life; in Eph. 3:6 of the Gentiles being joint-heirs with Israel (we have not replaced Israel) see also Eph. 1:11. To be continued…