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Jesus & the Kingdom

(Category 14 of 16)


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Paul at Ephesus


1 And it happened, while aApollos was at Corinth, that Paul, having passed through bthe upper regions, came to Ephesus. And finding some disciples
2 he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” So they said to him, a“We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.”
3 And he said to them, “Into what then were you baptized?” So they said, a“Into John’s baptism.”
4 Then Paul said, a“John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.”
5 When they heard this, they were baptized ain the name of the Lord Jesus.
6 And when Paul had alaid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and bthey spoke with tongues and prophesied.
7 Now the men were about twelve in all.
8 aAnd he went into the synagogue and spoke boldly for three months, reasoning and persuading bconcerning the things of the kingdom of God.
9 But awhen some were hardened and did not believe, but spoke evil bof the Way before the multitude, he departed from them and withdrew the disciples, reasoning daily in the school of Tyrannus.
10 And athis continued for two years, so that all who dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks.

Miracles Glorify Christ

11 Now aGod worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul,
12 aso that even handkerchiefs or aprons were brought from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them.
13 aThen some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists btook it upon themselves to call the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, 1“We 2exorcise you by the Jesus whom Paul cpreaches.”
14 Also there were seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest,who did so.
15 And the evil spirit answered and said, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?”

CHAPTER 19 References

1 a1 Cor. 1:12;
3:5, 6 bActs
2 a1 Sam. 3:7
3 aActs 18:25
4 aMatt. 3:11
5 aActs 8:12,
16; 10:48
6 aActs 6:6;
8:17 bActs 2:4;
8 aActs 17:2;
18:4 bActs 1:3;
9 a2 Tim. 1:15
bActs 9:2;
19:23; 22:4;
10 aActs 19:8;
11 aMark
12 aActs 5:15
13 aMatt. 12:27
bMark 9:38
c1 Cor. 1:23;
2:2 1NU I
16 1M and
they overpowered
them 2NU
both of them
17 aLuke 1:65;
18 aMatt. 3:6
20 aActs 6:7;
21 aRom. 15:25
bActs 20:22
cActs 20:1
dRom. 1:13;
22 a1 Tim. 1:2
bRom. 16:23
23 a2 Cor. 1:8
bActs 9:2
24 aActs 16:16,
19 1Gr.
26 aIs.
27 1NU she be
deposed from
her magnificence
29 aRom. 16:23
bCol. 4:10
31 1Asiarchs,
rulers of Asia,
the province

16 Then the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, 1overpowered them, and prevailed against 2them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.
17 This became known both to all Jews and Greeks dwelling in Ephesus; and afear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.
18 And many who had believed came aconfessing and telling their deeds.
19 Also, many of those who had practiced magic brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. And they counted up the value of them, and it totaled fifty thousand pieces of silver.
20 aSo the word of the Lord grew mightily and prevailed.

The Riot at Ephesus

21 aWhen these things were accomplished, Paul bpurposed in the Spirit, when he had passed through cMacedonia and Achaia, to go to Jerusalem, saying, “After I have been there, dI must also see Rome.”
22 So he sent into Macedonia two of those who ministered to him, aTimothy and bErastus, but he himself stayed in Asia for a time.
23 And aabout that time there arose a great commotion about bthe Way.
24 For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, who made silver shrines of 1Diana, brought ano small profit to the craftsmen.
25 He called them together with the workers of similar occupation, and said: “Men, you know that we have our prosperity by this trade.
26 “Moreover you see and hear that not only at Ephesus, but throughout almost all Asia, this Paul has persuaded and turned away many people, saying that athey are not gods which are made with hands.
27 “So not only is this trade of ours in danger of falling into disrepute, but also the temple of the great goddess Diana may be despised and 1her magnificence destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worship.”
28 Now when they heard this, they were full of wrath and cried out, saying, “Great is Diana of the Ephesians!”
29 So the whole city was filled with confusion, and rushed into the theater with one accord, having seized aGaius and bAristarchus, Macedonians, Paul’s travel companions.
30 And when Paul wanted to go in to the people, the disciples would not allow him.
31 Then some of the 1officials of Asia, who were his friends, sent to him pleading that he would not venture into the theater.
32 Some therefore cried one thing and some another, for the assembly

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was confused, and most of them did not know why they had come together.
33 And they drew Alexander out of the multitude, the Jews putting him forward. And aAlexander bmotioned with his hand, and wanted to make his defense to the people.
34 But when they found out that he was a Jew, all with one voice cried out for about two hours, “Great is Diana of the Ephesians!”
35 And when the city clerk had quieted the crowd, he said: “Men of Ephesus, what man is there who does not know that the city of the Ephesians is temple guardian of the great goddess 1Diana, and of the image which fell down from 2Zeus?
36 “Therefore, since these things cannot be denied, you ought to be quiet and do nothing rashly.
37 “For you have brought these men here who are neither robbers of temples nor blasphemers of 1your goddess.
38 “Therefore, if Demetrius and his fellow craftsmen have a 1case against anyone, the courts are open and there are proconsuls. Let them bring charges against one another.
39 “But if you have any other inquiry to make, it shall be determined in the lawful assembly.
40 “For we are in danger of being 1called in question for today’s uproar, there being no reason which we may give to account for this disorderly gathering.”
41 And when he had said these things, he dismissed the assembly.

Journeys in Greece


1 After the uproar had ceased, Paul called the disciples to himself, embraced them, and adeparted to go to Macedonia.
2 Now when he had gone over that region and encouraged them with many words, he came to aGreece
3 and stayed three months. And awhen the Jews plotted against him as he was about to sail to Syria, he decided to return through Macedonia.
4 And Sopater of Berea accompanied him to Asia—also aAristarchus and Secundus of the Thessalonians, and bGaius of Derbe, and cTimothy, and dTychicus and eTrophimus of Asia.
5 These men, going ahead, waited for us at aTroas.
6 But we sailed away from Philippi after athe Days of Unleavened Bread, and in five days joined them bat Troas, where we stayed seven days.

Ministering at Troas

7 Now on athe first day of the week, when the disciples came together bto break bread, Paul, ready to depart the next day, spoke to them

33 a2 Tim. 4:14
bActs 12:17
35 1Gr.
37 1NU our
38 1Lit. matter
40 1Or
charged with
rebellion concerning

CHAPTER 20 References

1 a1 Tim. 1:3
2 aActs 17:15;
3 a2 Cor. 11:26
4 aCol. 4:10
bActs 19:29
cActs 16:1
dEph. 6:21
e2 Tim. 4:20
5 a2 Tim. 4:13
6 aEx. 12:14,
15 b2 Tim.
7 a1 Cor. 16:2
bActs 2:42, 46;
8 aActs 1:13
1NU, M we
10 a1 Kin.
17:21 bMatt.
9:23, 24
13 1arranged
16 aActs 18:21;
19:21; 21:4
bActs 24:17
cActs 2:1
18 aActs 18:19;
19:1, 10; 20:4,
19 aActs 20:3
20 aActs 20:27
21 aActs 18:5;
19:10 bMark
22 aActs 19:21
23 aActs 21:4,
24 aActs 21:13
b2 Tim. 4:7
1NU But I do
not count my
life of any
value or dear
to myself

ACTS 20:24

and continued his message until midnight.
8 There were many lamps ain the upper room where 1they were gathered together.
9 And in a window sat a certain young man named Eutychus, who was sinking into a deep sleep. He was overcome by sleep; and as Paul continued speaking, he fell down from the third story and was taken up dead.
10 But Paul went down, afell on him, and embracing him said, b“Do not trouble yourselves, for his life is in him.”
11 Now when he had come up, had broken bread and eaten, and talked a long while, even till daybreak, he departed.
12 And they brought the young man in alive, and they were not a little comforted.

From Troas to Miletus

13 Then we went ahead to the ship and sailed to Assos, there intending to take Paul on board; for so he had 1given orders, intending himself to go on foot.
14 And when he met us at Assos, we took him on board and came to Mitylene.
15 We sailed from there, and the next day came opposite Chios. The following day we arrived at Samos and stayed at Trogyllium. The next day we came to Miletus.
16 For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus, so that he would not have to spend time in Asia; for ahe was hurrying bto be at Jerusalem, if possible, on cthe Day of Pentecost.

The Ephesian Elders Exhorted

17 From Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called for the elders of the church.
18 And when they had come to him, he said to them: “You know, afrom the first day that I came to Asia, in what manner I always lived among you,
19 “serving the Lord with all humility, with many tears and trials which happened to me aby the plotting of the Jews;
20 “how aI kept back nothing that was helpful, but proclaimed it to you, and taught you publicly and from house to house,
21 a“testifying to Jews, and also to Greeks, brepentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.
22 “And see, now aI go bound in the spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that will happen to me there,
23 “except that athe Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that chains and tribulations await me.
24 1“But anone of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, bso that I may finish my 2race

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ACTS 20:25

with joy, cand the ministry dwhich I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
25 “And indeed, now I know that you all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, will see my face no more.
26 “Therefore I testify to you this day that I am ainnocent1 of the blood of all men.
27 “For I have not 1shunned to declare to you athe whole counsel of God.
28 a“Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit bhas made you overseers, to shepherd the church 1of God cwhich He purchased dwith His own blood.
29 “For I know this, that after my departure asavage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock.
30 “Also afrom among yourselves men will rise up, speaking 1perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves.
31 “Therefore watch, and remember that afor three years I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears.
32 “So now, brethren, I commend you to God and ato the word of His grace, which is able bto build you up and give you can inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
33 “I have coveted no one’s silver or gold or apparel.
34 1“Yes, you yourselves know athat these hands have provided for my necessities, and for those who were with me.
35 “I have shown you in every way, aby laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”
36 And when he had said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all.
37 Then they all awept 1freely, and bfell on Paul’s neck and kissed him,
38 sorrowing most of all for the words which he spoke, that they would see his face no more. And they accompanied him to the ship.

24 cActs 1:17
dGal. 1:1
26 aActs 18:6
1Lit. clean
27 aLuke 7:30
28 a1 Pet. 5:2
b1 Cor. 12:28
cEph. 1:7, 14
dHeb. 9:14 1M
of the Lord
and God
29 aMatt. 7:15
30 a1 Tim. 1:20
31 aActs 19:8,
10; 24:17
32 aHeb. 13:9
bActs 9:31
c[Heb. 9:15] 34 aActs 18:3
1NU, M omit
35 aRom. 15:1
37 aActs 21:13
bGen. 45:14
1Lit. much

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Blessings of Those Who Fear the LORD

A Song of Ascents.

1 BLESSED ais every one who fears the LORD, Who walks in His ways.
2 aWhen you eat the 1labor of your hands, You shall be happy, and it shall be bwell with you.
3 Your wife shall be alike a fruitful vine In the very heart of your house, Your bchildren clike olive plants All around your table.

PSALM 128 References

1 aPs. 119:1
2 aIs. 3:10
bDeut. 4:40
1Fruit of the
3 aEzek. 19:10
bPs. 127:3–5
cPs. 52:8;
5 aPs. 134:3
6 aGen. 48:11;
50:23; Job
42:16; Ps.
103:17; [Prov.
17:6] bPs.

4 Behold, thus shall the man be blessed Who fears the LORD.

5 aThe LORD bless you out of Zion, And may you see the good of Jerusalem All the days of your life.
6 Yes, may you asee your children’s children.

bPeace be upon Israel!




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