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Jesus & the Kingdom

(Category 14 of 16)

 

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CHAPTER 9 References

1 aActs 7:57;
8:1, 3; 26:10,
11; Gal. 1:13;
1 Tim. 1:13
2 aActs 22:5
3 aActs 22:6;
26:12, 13;
1 Cor. 15:8
4 a[Matt.
25:40] 5 1NU, M omit
the rest of v. 5
and begin v. 6
with But arise
and go
7 aDan. 10:7;
John 12:29;
[Acts 22:9;
26:13] 10 aActs 22:12
11 aActs 21:39;
22:3
13 aActs 9:1
1bad things

The Damascus Road: Saul Converted

9

1 Then aSaul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest
2 and asked aletters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.
3 aAs he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven.
4 Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, awhy are you persecuting Me?”
5 And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. 1It is hard for you to kick against the goads.”
6 So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?” Then the Lord said to him, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
7 And athe men who journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice but seeing no one.
8 Then Saul arose from the ground, and when his eyes were opened he saw no one. But they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus.
9 And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank.

Ananias Baptizes Saul

10 Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus anamed Ananias; and to him the Lord said in a vision, “Ananias.” And he said, “Here I am, Lord.”
11 So the Lord said to him, “Arise and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for one called Saul aof Tarsus, for behold, he is praying.
12 “And in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias coming in and putting his hand on him, so that he might receive his sight.”
13 Then Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, ahow much 1harm he has done to Your saints in Jerusalem.

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14 “And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all awho call on Your name.”
15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, for ahe is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before bGentiles, ckings, and the dchildren1 of Israel.
16 “For aI will show him how many things he must suffer for My bname’s sake.”
17 aAnd Ananias went his way and entered the house; and blaying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord 1Jesus,who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and cbe filled with the Holy Spirit.”
18 Immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he received his sight at once; and he arose and was baptized.
19 So when he had received food, he was strengthened. aThen Saul spent some days with the disciples at Damascus.

Saul Preaches Christ

20 Immediately he preached 1the Christ in the synagogues, that He is the Son of God.
21 Then all who heard were amazed, and said, a“Is this not he who destroyed those who called on this name in Jerusalem, and has come here for that purpose, so that he might bring them bound to the chief priests?”
22 But Saul increased all the more in strength, aand confounded the Jews who dwelt in Damascus, proving that this Jesus is the Christ.

Saul Escapes Death

23 Now after many days were past, athe Jews plotted to kill him.
24 aBut their plot became known to Saul. And they watched the gates day and night, to kill him.
25 Then the disciples took him by night and alet him down through the wall in a large basket.

Saul at Jerusalem

26 And awhen Saul had come to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples; but they were all afraid of him, and did not believe that he was a disciple.
27 aBut Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. And he declared to them how he had seen the Lord on the road, and that He had spoken to him, band how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus.
28 So ahe was with them at Jerusalem, coming in and going out.
29 And he spoke boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus and disputed against the aHellenists,1 bbut they attempted to kill him.
30 When the brethren found out,

14 aActs 7:59;
9:2, 21
15 aEph. 3:7, 8
bRom. 1:5;
11:13 cActs
25:22, 23; 26:1
dRom. 1:16;
9:1–5 1Lit.
sons
16 aActs 20:23
b2 Cor. 4:11
17 aActs 22:12,
13 bActs 8:17
cActs 2:4;
4:31; 8:17;
13:52 1M
omits Jesus
19 aActs 26:20
20 1NU Jesus
21 aGal. 1:13,
23
22 aActs 18:28
23 a2 Cor.
11:26
24 a2 Cor.
11:32
25 aJosh. 2:15
26 aActs 22:
17–20; 26:20
27 aActs 4:36;
13:2 bActs
9:20, 22
28 aGal. 1:18
29 aActs 6:1;
11:20 b2 Cor.
11:26 1Greekspeaking
Jews
31 aActs 5:11;
8:1; 16:5
b[Eph. 4:16,
29] cPs. 34:9
dJohn 14:16
eActs 16:5
1NU church . . .
was 2built up
32 aActs 8:14
34 a[Acts 3:6,
16; 4:10] 35 a1 Chr.
5:16; 27:29
bActs 11:21;
15:19
36 a1 Tim. 2:10
1Lit., in
Aram.,
Gazelle 2Lit.,
in Gr., Gazelle
37 aActs 1:13;
9:39
40 aMatt. 9:25
bActs 7:60
cMark 5:41, 42
42 aJohn 11:45
43 aActs 10:6

CHAPTER 10 References

1 aActs 8:40;
23:23 1Cohort
2 aActs 8:2;
9:22; 22:12
b[Acts 10:22,
35; 13:16, 26] 1charitable
gifts

ACTS 10:2

they brought him down to Caesarea and sent him out to Tarsus.

The Church Prospers

31 aThen the 1churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were bedified.2 And walking in the cfear of the Lord and in the dcomfort of the Holy Spirit, they were emultiplied.

Aeneas Healed

32 Now it came to pass, as Peter went athrough all parts of the country, that he also came down to the saints who dwelt in Lydda.
33 There he found a certain man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden eight years and was paralyzed.
34 And Peter said to him, “Aeneas, aJesus the Christ heals you. Arise and make your bed.” Then he arose immediately.
35 So all who dwelt at Lydda and aSharon saw him and bturned to the Lord.

Dorcas Restored to Life

36 At Joppa there was a certain disciple named 1Tabitha, which is translated 2Dorcas. This woman was full aof good works and charitable deeds which she did.
37 But it happened in those days that she became sick and died. When they had washed her, they laid her in aan upper room.
38 And since Lydda was near Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent two men to him, imploring him not to delay in coming to them.
39 Then Peter arose and went with them. When he had come, they brought him to the upper room. And all the widows stood by him weeping, showing the tunics and garments which Dorcas had made while she was with them.
40 But Peter aput them all out, and bknelt down and prayed. And turning to the body he csaid, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up.
41 Then he gave her his hand and lifted her up; and when he had called the saints and widows, he presented her alive.
42 And it became known throughout all Joppa, aand many believed on the Lord.
43 So it was that he stayed many days in Joppa with aSimon, a tanner.

Cornelius Sends a Delegation

10

1 There was a certain man in aCaesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of what was called the Italian 1Regiment,
2 aa devout man and one who bfeared God with all his household, who gave 1alms generously to the

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ACTS 10:3

people, and prayed to God always.
3 About 1the ninth hour of the day ahe saw clearly in a vision an angel of God coming in and saying to him, “Cornelius!”
4 And when he observed him, he was afraid, and said, “What is it, lord?” So he said to him, “Your prayers and your alms have come up for a memorial before God.
5 “Now asend men to Joppa, and send for Simon whose surname is Peter.
6 “He is lodging with aSimon, a tanner, whose house is by the sea. bHe1 will tell you what you must do.”
7 And when the angel who spoke to him had departed, Cornelius called two of his household servants and a devout soldier from among those who waited on him continually.
8 So when he had explained all these things to them, he sent them to Joppa.

Peter’s Vision

9 The next day, as they went on their journey and drew near the city, aPeter went up on the housetop to pray, about 1the sixth hour.
10 Then he became very hungry and wanted to eat; but while they made ready, he fell into a trance
11 and asaw heaven opened and an object like a great sheet bound at the four corners, descending to him and let down to the earth.
12 In it were all kinds of four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, creeping things, and birds of the air.
13 And a voice came to him, “Rise, Peter; kill and eat.”
14 But Peter said, “Not so, Lord! aFor I have never eaten anything common or unclean.”
15 And a voice spoke to him again the second time, a“What God has 1cleansed you must not call common.”
16 This was done three times. And the object was taken up into heaven again.

Summoned to Caesarea

17 Now while Peter 1wondered within himself what this vision which he had seen meant, behold, the men who had been sent from Cornelius had made inquiry for Simon’s house, and stood before the gate.
18 And they called and asked whether Simon, whose surname was Peter, was lodging there.
19 While Peter thought about the vision, athe Spirit said to him, “Behold, three men are seeking you.
20 a“Arise therefore, go down and go with them, doubting nothing; for I have sent them.”
21 Then Peter went down to the men 1who had been sent to him from

3 aActs 10:30;
11:13 13 P.M.
5 aActs 11:13,
14
6 aActs 9:43
bActs 11:14
1NU, M omit
the rest of
v. 6.
9 aActs
10:9–32;
11:5–14 1Noon
11 aEzek. 1:1;
Matt. 3:16;
Acts 7:56;
Rev. 4:1; 19:11
14 aLev. 11:4;
20:25; Deut.
14:3, 7; Ezek.
4:14
15 a[Matt.
15:11; Mark
7:19]; Acts
10:28; [Rom.
14:14]; 1 Cor.
10:25; [1 Tim.
4:4; Titus 1:15] 1Declared
clean
17 1was perplexed
19 aActs 11:12
20 aActs
15:7–9
21 1NU, M
omit who had
been sent to
him from Cornelius
22 aActs 22:12
23 aActs 10:45;
11:12
26 aActs 14:14,
15; Rev. 19:10;
22:8
28 aJohn 4:9;
18:28; Acts
11:3; Gal. 2:12
b[Acts 10:14,
35; 15:8, 9] 30 aActs 1:10
bMatt. 28:3;
Mark 16:5
1NU Four
days ago to
this hour, at
the ninth
hour
31 aDan. 10:12
bHeb. 6:10
1charitable
gifts
32 1NU omits
the rest of v.
32.
34 aDeut.
10:17; 2 Chr.
19:7; Rom.
2:11; Gal. 2:6;
Eph. 6:9
35 aActs 15:9;
[1 Cor. 12; 13;
Eph. 2:13] bPs. 15:1, 2
36 aIs. 57:19;
Eph. 2:14;
[Col. 1:20] bMatt. 28:18;
Acts 2:36;
Rom. 10:12;
1 Cor. 15:27
1Lit. sons

Cornelius, and said, “Yes, I am he whom you seek. For what reason have you come?”
22 And they said, “Cornelius the centurion, a just man, one who fears God and ahas a good reputation among all the nation of the Jews, was divinely instructed by a holy angel to summon you to his house, and to hear words from you.”
23 Then he invited them in and lodged them. On the next day Peter went away with them, aand some brethren from Joppa accompanied him.

Peter Meets Cornelius

24 And the following day they entered Caesarea. Now Cornelius was waiting for them, and had called together his relatives and close friends.
25 As Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him and fell down at his feet and worshiped him.
26 But Peter lifted him up, saying, a“Stand up; I myself am also a man.”
27 And as he talked with him, he went in and found many who had come together.
28 Then he said to them, “You know how aunlawful it is for a Jewish man to keep company with or go to one of another nation. But bGod has shown me that I should not call any man common or unclean.
29 “Therefore I came without objection as soon as I was sent for. I ask, then, for what reason have you sent for me?”
30 So Cornelius said, 1“Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and behold, aa man stood before me bin bright clothing,
31 “and said, ‘Cornelius, ayour prayer has been heard, and byour 1alms are remembered in the sight of God.
32 ‘Send therefore to Joppa and call Simon here, whose surname is Peter. He is lodging in the house of Simon, a tanner, by the sea. 1When he comes, he will speak to you.’
33 “So I sent to you immediately, and you have done well to come. Now therefore, we are all present before God, to hear all the things commanded you by God.”

Preaching to Cornelius’ Household

34 Then Peter opened his mouth and said: a“In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality.
35 “But ain every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is baccepted by Him.
36 “The word which God sent to the 1children of Israel, apreaching peace through Jesus Christ—bHe is Lord of all—
37 “that word you know, which was proclaimed throughout all Judea,

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and abegan from Galilee after the baptism which John preached:
38 “how aGod anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who bwent about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, cfor God was with Him.
39 “And we are awitnesses of all things which He did both in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem, whom 1they bkilled by hanging on a tree.
40 “Him aGod raised up on the third day, and showed Him openly,
41 a“not to all the people, but to witnesses chosen before by God, even to us bwho ate and drank with Him after He arose from the dead.
42 “And aHe commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify bthat it is He who was ordained by God to be Judge cof the living and the dead.
43 a“To Him all the prophets witness that, through His name, bwhoever believes in Him will receive cremission1 of sins.”

The Holy Spirit Falls on the Gentiles

44 While Peter was still speaking these words, athe Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word.
45 aAnd 1those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, bbecause the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also.
46 For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God. Then Peter answered,
47 “Can anyone forbid water, that these should not be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit ajust as we have?”
48 aAnd he commanded them to be baptized bin the name of the Lord. Then they asked him to stay a few days.

37 aLuke 4:14
38 aLuke 4:18
bMatt. 4:23
cJohn 3:2;
8:29
39 aActs 1:8
bActs 2:23
1NU, M they
also
40 aHos. 6:2;
Acts 2:24;
1 Cor. 15:4
41 a[John
14:17, 19, 22;
15:27] bLuke
24:30, 41–43
42 aMatt. 28:19
bJohn 5:22, 27
c1 Pet. 4:5
43 aZech. 13:1
bGal. 3:22
cActs 13:38,
39 1forgiveness
44 aActs 4:31
45 aActs 10:23
bActs 11:18
1The Jews
47 aActs 2:4;
10:44; 11:17;
15:8
48 a1 Cor.
1:14–17 bActs
2:38; 8:16;
19:5

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PSALM 123

Prayer for Relief from Contempt

A Song of Ascents.

1 UNTO You aI lift up my eyes, O You bwho dwell in the heavens.
2 Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, As the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, aSo our eyes look to the LORD our God, Until He has mercy on us.

PSALM 123 References

1 aPs. 121:1;
141:8 bPs. 2:4;
11:4; 115:3
2 aPs. 25:15

3 Have mercy on us, O LORD, have mercy on us! For we are exceedingly filled with contempt.
4 Our soul is exceedingly filled With the scorn of those who are at ease, With the contempt of the proud.

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