Acts 18 Commentary


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THE EXPANDING WITNESS OF THE SPIRIT-EMPOWERED CHURCH


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Considering the fact that Acts 13 is such a strategic chapter in regard to world evangelism, take a moment and study Irving Jensen's chart at top of the page (click it to enlarge it which is what I have to do at age 72!). Notice the bold vertical line (|) at the end of Acts 12 and beginning of Acts 13 which Jensen estimates to be about year 47 (it could be a short time prior). Note the horizontal description of "Church" - Church Established in the first 13 years from Acts 1 through Acts 7, then the Church Scattered between Acts 8 through Acts 12, which occurred over a period of about 14 years (and remember all dates and times are at best approximations because Luke gives only a few events that allow us to give specific dates, such as the death of Herod in A D 44 in Acts 12:23) and lastly, beginning in Acts 13 (and until the end of this age), the Church Extended, this extension being the primarily the fruit of Paul's Three Missionary Journeys which"upset the world!" (Acts 17:6) Now, you have a good grasp of the chronological context of Acts 13. And as they say in the restaurant when your delicious meal is served "Enjoy!" The three missionary journeys are summarized below (this note will be repeated in subsequent chapters). Click links for the maps of each journey.

Paul's First Missionary Journey Acts 13:4-14:28
Paul's Second Missionary Journey Acts 15:36-18:22
Paul's Third Missionary Journey Acts 18:23-21:26
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  • Here is a map with all three journeys on one map.

THE ITINERARY OF PAUL'S
THREE MISSIONARY JOURNEYS

FIRST SECOND THIRD
  1. Antioch Acts 13:1-3
  2. Seleucia Acts 13:4
  3. Salamis on Cyprus Acts 13:5
  4. Paphos on Cyprus Acts 13:6-12
  5. Perga in Pamphylia Acts 13:13
  6. Pisidian Antioch Acts 13:14-50
  7. Iconium Acts 13:51
  8. Lystra Acts 14:6-20
  9. Derbe Acts 14:20
  10. Lystra Acts 14:21
  11. Iconium Acts 14:21
  12. Pisidian Antioch Acts 14:21
  13. Pamphylia Acts 14:24
  14. Perga Acts 14:25
  15. Attalia Acts 14:25
  16. Antioch Acts 14:26 
  1. Antioch Acts 15:36-40
  2. Syria Acts 15:41
  3. Cilicia Acts 15:41
  4. Derbe Acts 16:1
  5. Lystra Acts 16:1-5
  6. Phrygia/Galatia Acts 16:6
  7. Mysia Acts 16:7
  8. Troas Acts 16:8-10
  9. Samothrace Acts 16:11
  10. Neapolis Acts 16:11
  11. Philippi Acts 16:12
  12. Amphipolis Acts 17:1
  13. Apollonia Acts 17:1
  14. Thessalonica Acts 17:1-9
  15. Berea Acts 17:10-14
  16. Athens Acts 17:15-34
  17. Corinth Acts 18:1-17
  18. Cenchreae  Acts 18:18
  19. Ephesus Acts 18:19
  20. Caesarea  Acts 18:22
  21. Jerusalem Acts 18:22
  22. Antioch Acts 18:22
  1. Antioch Acts 18:23
  2. Phrygia/Galatia Acts 18:23-28
  3. Ephesus Acts 19:1-41
  4. Macedonia Acts 20:1
  5. Greece Acts 20:2
  6. Macedonia Acts 20:3-5
  7. Philippi Acts 20:6
  8. Troas Acts 20:6-12
  9. Assos Acts 20:13
  10. Mitylene Acts 20:14
  11. Samos Acts 20:15
  12. Miletus Acts 20:15-38
  13. Cos Acts 21:1
  14. Rhodes Acts 21:1
  15. Patara Acts 21:1
  16. Tyre Acts 21:3-6
  17. Ptolemais Acts 21:7
  18. Caesarea Acts 21:8-14

Charles Swindoll points out that "When we study the journeys of Paul in the book of Acts, we’re not just reading the travel log of a man; we’re observing the redemptive plan of God unfolding as He promised. Through the ministry of Saul of Tarsus, God’s mission to reclaim His creation from the death grip of evil would move to its next stage. The plan of this mission was outlined in the Lord’s promise at His ascension, where He said,

“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses...

  1. In Jerusalem [Stage 1: Acts 2–7],
  2. and in all Judea and Samaria [Stage 2: Acts 8–12],
  3. and even to the remotest part of the earth [Stage 3: Acts 13–‍28].” (Acts 1:8+)

John Hannah's Outline for Second Missionary Journey

  • The second missionary journey of Paul  (Acts 15:36-18:22)
    1. The preparation for the ministry  (Acts 15:36-16:5)
      1. The conflict between Barnabas and Paul  (Acts 15:36-40)
      2. The confirmation of the churches  (Acts 15:41-16:5)
    2. The ministry in Macedonia  (Acts 16:6-17:15)
      1. The call from Macedonia  (Acts 16:6-10)
      2. Arrival at Samothrace and Neapolis  (Acts 16:11)
      3. Ministry at Philippi  (Acts 16:12-40)
        1. The conversion of Lydia  (Acts 16:12-15)
        2. The demon possessed slave girl  (Acts 16:16-18)
        3. The imprisonment of Paul and Silas  (Acts 16:19-25)
        4. The release of Paul and Silas  (Acts 16:26-27)
        5. The conversion of the jailor  (Acts 16:28-34)
        6. The departure from the city  (Acts 16:35-40)
      4. The ministry in Thessalonica  (Acts 17:1-9)
        1. The message  (Acts 17:1-3)
        2. The response of belief  (Acts 17:4)
        3. The response of unbelief  (Acts 17:5-9)
      5. The ministry in Berea  (Acts 17:10-15)
        1. The ministry  (Acts 17:11-12)
        2. The departure  (Acts 17:13-15)
    3. The ministry in Achaia  (Acts 17:16-18:17)
      1. The ministry in Athens  (Acts 17:16-34)
        1. His message in Athens  (Acts 17:16-30)
        2. The response in Athens  (Acts 17:31-34)
      2. The ministry in Corinth  (Acts 18:1-17)
        1. Arrival in Corinth  (Acts 18:1-4)
        2. His ministry to the Corinthians  (Acts 18:5-11)
        3. The trial before Gallio  (Acts 18:12-17)
    4. The ministry on the return to Antioch  (Acts 18:18-22)
      1. In Cenchrea  (Acts 18:18)
      2. In Ephesus  (Acts 18:19-21)
      3. In Antioch  (Acts 18:22)

Hannah's Bible Outlines - Recommended Resource

Acts 18:1  After these things he left Athens and went to Corinth.

KJV Acts 18:1 After these things Paul departed from Athens, and came to Corinth;

  • went to Corinth Acts 17:32,33 Corinth 19:1; 1 Cor 1:2; 2 Cor 1:1,23; 2 Timothy 4:20
  • Corinth Acts 18:1-17

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After these things - This is a time phrase and should always provoke the question "What time?" or in this case "After what things?" While this genre of question is not "rocket science," it will force you to review the context and thus helps solidify  the passages in your mind (never a bad thing!) Here the time is after Paul's ministry in Athens, including his message (Acts 17:16-30) and the response in Athens  (Acts 17:31-34). And just to convince you how important observation of time phrases can be this same phrase, after these things, occurs some 19 times in the NT, and most are in the Revelation of Jesus Christ (Rev. 1:19; Rev. 4:1; Rev. 7:9; Rev. 9:12; Rev. 15:5; Rev. 18:1; Rev. 19:1; Rev. 20:3) where this phrase serves as an important "key" which helps unlock John's great prophecy of the end-times (assuming you approach the text literally).

Acts 18:2  And he found a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, having recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to leave Rome. He came to them,

KJV Acts 18:2 And found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla; (because that Claudius had commanded all Jews to depart from Rome:) and came unto them.

  • Aquila Acts 18:26; Romans 16:3,4; 1 Cor 16:19; 2 Timothy 4:19
  • Pontus Acts 2:9; 1 Peter 1:1
  • Claudius Acts 11:28

And he found a Jew named Aquila (eagle Ac18:2,18, 26 Ro 16:3 1Co 16:19 2Ti 4:19) a native of Pontus having recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla (ancient): We do not know if Aquila and Priscilla were Christians when Paul first met them, but it seems likely that they were since Luke did not mention their conversion (as he does often in Acts). But it is possible that Paul led them both to Jesus as they worked together as tentmakers (those who worked with leather).

Pontus (map, another map) was the Roman province in Asia Minor that lay east of Bithynia on the Black Sea coast (in modern northern Turkey).

Priscilla had another name, Prisca (Ro 16:3; 1Co 16:19; 2Ti 4:19),the latter being more formal. Her name frequently appears before her husband Aquila's in the New Testament (e.g., Acts 18:18-19, 26; Ro16:3; 2Ti4:19). This may indicate that she came from a higher social class than Aquila or that others regarded her as superior to him in some respect. Here, however, Luke mentioned Aquila first.

Luke normally used the colloquial, diminutive form of names (e.g., Silas, Sopatros, Priscilla, Apollos), but Paul preferred their formal names in his writings (e.g., Silvanus, Sosipatros, Prisca, Epaphroditus). Nevertheless he sometimes used the more popular form of a name (e.g., Apollos, Epaphras).

because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to leave Rome.  When Paul met Aquila and his wife Priscilla, presumably they were already Christians. They had recently come from Italy because Claudius (the 5th Roman Emperor between 41-54 reigning 13 years as a weak minded man who & laughing stock of the court) had commanded all the Jews to depart from Rome. This formal outbreak of anti-Semitism occurred in about AD49, (other expulsions of Jews from Rome occurred in 139BC & 19AD)when there were approximately 20,000 Jews in Rome. They were unpopular; Tiberius had exiled 4,000 from Rome to Sardinia. Fifty or more years later the Roman historian Suetonius (was born in AD69 & so wrote considerably after the event) maintained that Claudius's decree against the Jews came because the "Jews were in a state of constant tumult at the instigation of one `Christus.'" The Jews probably pronounced the name "Christ" approximately this way.

Roman authorities viewed the spread of Judaism as a threat to Rome. Jewish businessmen aroused the resentment of their non-Jewish competitors. Jews were scorned for refusing to burn incense before the emperor's statue -- worse than Americans refusing to salute their flag. Jews, including the followers of Jesus, aroused suspicion by their inclination to keep to themselves. 

Persecution of followers of Jesus came with a great fire in Rome in the year 64, a fire that raged for many days, that almost destroyed the entire city and was horrendous enough to seem like Armageddon had arrived. Perhaps some Christians in Rome saw the fire as the beginning of the fulfillment of their expectations that the world would be destroyed by fire. Reports of joyous dancing, looks of glee and shouts of hallelujahs would have attracted suspicion, and Christians were an easy target because they were still thought of as Jews. An official investigation concluded that the fire had been started by Jewish fanatics. This put the Jewish community in Rome in danger, and Jewish leaders in Rome may have tried to avert this danger by describing to authorities the difference between themselves and the Christians. The leaders of Jews in Rome could reach the emperor, Nero, through his new wife, Sabina Poppaea. Nero learned of the separate identity of those Jews who were followers of Jesus, and he put blame on them for the fire. 

Nero had some Christians executed in the usual way of executing criminals: putting them in the arena against gladiators or wild animals, or as was commonly done to those convicted of arson, having them burned to death. It was around this time that the apostles Peter and Paul vanished. According to the historian Tacitus, who wrote decades later, many Romans remained suspicious of Nero. Many believed the rumor that Nero had started the fire to make space for his new great mansion, and they pitied the Christians, believing that instead of being sacrificed for the welfare of the state, the Christians were being sacrificed as Nero's scapegoats. 

Acts 18:3  and because he was of the same trade, he stayed with them and they were working, for by trade they were tent-makers.

KJV Acts 18:3 And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them, and wrought: for by their occupation they were tentmakers.

  • and wrought Acts 20:34,35; 1 Cor 4:12; 9:6-12; 2 Cor 11:9; 1 Th 2:9; 2 Th 3:8,9

Acts 18:4  And he was reasoning in the synagogue every Sabbath and trying to persuade Jews and Greeks.

KJV Acts 18:4 And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks.

  • he Acts 13:14-52; 14:1; 17:1-3,11,17; 19:8; Luke 4:16
  • persuaded Acts 18:13; 13:43; 19:26; 26:28; 28:23; Genesis 9:27; 2 Chronicles 32:11; Luke 16:31; 2 Cor 5:11

Acts 18:5  But when Silas and Timothy came down from Macedonia, Paul began devoting himself completely to the word, solemnly testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Christ

KJV Acts 18:5 And when Silas and Timotheus were come from Macedonia, Paul was pressed in the spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus was Christ.

  • Silas Acts 17:14,15; 1 Th 3:2
  • began devoting himself completely Acts 4:20; 17:16; Job 32:18-20; Jer 6:11; 20:9; Ezek 3:14; Micah 3:8; Luke 12:50; 2 Cor 5:14; Php 1:23; *Gr:
  • solemnly testifying Acts 18:28; 2:36; 9:22; 10:42; 17:3; 20:21; John 15:27; 1 Peter 5:12
  • was the Christ Daniel 9:25,26; John 1:41; 3:28; 10:24

Acts 18:6  But when they resisted and blasphemed, he shook out his garments and said to them, "Your blood be on your own heads! I am clean. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.

KJV Acts 18:6 And when they opposed themselves, and blasphemed, he shook his raiment, and said unto them, Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean: from henceforth I will go unto the Gentiles.

  • they Acts 13:45; 19:9; 26:11; Luke 22:65; 1 Th 2:14-16; 2 Timothy 2:25; James 2:6,7; 1 Peter 4:4,14
  • he shook Acts 13:51; Nehemiah 5:13; Mt 10:14; Luke 9:5; 10:10,11
  • Your Acts 20:26,27; Leviticus 20:9,11,12; 2 Samuel 1:16; Ezek 3:18,19; 18:13; 33:4,8,9; 1 Timothy 5:22
  • from Acts 13:46,47; 19:9,10; 26:20; 28:28; Mt 8:11; 21:43; 22:10; Ro 3:29; Ro 9:25,26,30-33; 10:12,13; 11:11-15

Acts 18:7  Then he left there and went to the house of a man named Titius Justus, a worshiper of God, whose house was next to the synagogue

KJV Acts 18:7 And he departed thence, and entered into a certain man's house, named Justus, one that worshipped God, whose house joined hard to the synagogue.

  • Justus Colossians 4:11
  • worshipped Acts 10:2,22; 13:42; 16:14; 17:4

Acts 18:8  Crispus, the leader of the synagogue, believed in the Lord with all his household, and many of the Corinthians when they heard were believing and being baptized

KJV Acts 18:8 And Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his house; and many of the Cor hearing believed, and were baptized.

  • Crispus 1 Cor 1:14
  • the chief Acts 18:17; 13:15; Mark 5:35
  • believed Acts 10:2; 16:14,15,34; Genesis 17:27; 18:19; Joshua 24:15
  • hearing Acts 2:37-41; 8:12,35-38; Mt 28:19; Mark 16:15,16; Ro 10:14-17; 1 Cor 1:13-17

Acts 18:9  And the Lord said to Paul in the night by a vision, "Do not be afraid any longer, but go on speaking and do not be silent

KJV Acts 18:9 Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace:

  • spake Acts 16:9; 22:18; 23:11; 27:23-25; 2 Cor 12:1-3
  • Be Isaiah 58:1; Jer 1:17; Ezek 2:6-8; 3:9-11; Jonah 3:2; Micah 3:8; Ephesians 6:19,20; 1 Th 2:2

Acts 18:10 for I am with you, and no man will attack you in order to harm you, for I have many people in this city.

KJV Acts 18:10 For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city.

  • I am Exodus 4:12; Joshua 1:5,9; Judges 2:18; Isaiah 8:10; 41:10; 43:2; Jer 1:18,19; Mt 1:23; 28:20; 2 Cor 12:9; 2 Timothy 4:17,22
  • and no Isaiah 54:17; Jer 15:20,21; Mt 10:30; Luke 21:18; Ro 8:31
  • for Acts 15:14,18; John 10:16; 11:52; Ro 10:20,21; 1 Cor 6:9-11

Acts 18:11 And he settled there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them

KJV Acts 18:11 And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.

  • he Acts 14:3; 19:10; 20:31

Acts 18:12 But while Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews with one accord rose up against Paul and brought him before the judgment seat

KJV Acts 18:12 And when Gallio was the deputy of Achaia, the Jews made insurrection with one accord against Paul, and brought him to the judgment seat,

  • Cir A.M. 4059. A.D. 55.
  • the deputy. Acts 13:7,12
  • Achaia Acts 18:27; Ro 15:26; 16:5; 1 Cor 16:15; 2 Cor 1:1; 9:2; 11:10; 1 Th 1:7,8
  • the Jews Acts 13:50; 14:2,19; 17:5,13; 21:27-36
  • the judgment Acts 16,17; 25:10; Mt 27:19; John 19:13; James 2:6

Acts 18:13 saying, "This man persuades men to worship God contrary to the law.

KJV Acts 18:13 Saying, This fellow persuadeth men to worship God contrary to the law.

  • Acts 18:4; 6:13; 21:28; 24:5,6; 25:8

Acts 18:14 But when Paul was about to open his mouth, Gallio said to the Jews, "If it were a matter of wrong or of vicious crime, O Jews, it would be reasonable for me to put up with you

KJV Acts 18:14 And when Paul was now about to open his mouth, Gallio said unto the Jews, If it were a matter of wrong or wicked lewdness, O ye Jews, reason would that I should bear with you:

  • when Acts 21:39,40; 22:1,2; 26:1,2; Luke 21:12-15; 1 Peter 3:14,15
  • If Acts 23:27-29; 25:11,18-20,26
  • bear Acts 13:18; Mark 9:19; Ro 13:3; 2 Cor 11:1,4; Hebrews 5:2

Acts 18:15 but if there are questions about words and names and your own law, look after it yourselves; I am unwilling to be a judge of these matters.

KJV Acts 18:15 But if it be a question of words and names, and of your law, look ye to it; for I will be no judge of such matters.

  • a question Acts 23:29; 25:11,19; 26:3; 1 Timothy 1:4; 6:4; 2 Timothy 2:23; Titus 3:9
  • look Mt 27:4,24
  • for Acts 24:6-8; John 18:31

Acts 18:16 And he drove them away from the judgment seat

KJV Acts 18:16 And he drave them from the judgment seat.

  • Ps 76:10; Ro 13:3,4; Revelation 12:16

Acts 18:17  And they all took hold of Sosthenes, the leader of the synagogue, and began beating him in front of the judgment seat. But Gallio was not concerned about any of these things

KJV Acts 18:17 Then all the Greeks took Sosthenes, the chief ruler of the synagogue, and beat him before the judgment seat. And Gallio cared for none of those things.

  • Sosthenes 1 Cor 1:1
  • the chief And Gallio Acts 17:32; Amos 6:6; 1 Cor 1:23

Acts 18:18 Paul, having remained many days longer, took leave of the brethren and put out to sea for Syria, and with him were Priscilla and Aquila. In Cenchrea he had his hair cut, for he was keeping a vow

KJV Acts 18:18 And Paul after this tarried there yet a good while, and then took his leave of the brethren, and sailed thence into Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila; having shorn his head in Cenchrea: for he had a vow.

  • Syria Acts 15:23,41; 21:3; Gal 1:21
  • Priscilla having Acts 21:24; Numbers 6:5-9,18; 1 Cor 9:20
  • Cenchreae  port of Corinth, on the east side of the isthmus, and about nine miles from the city. Ro 16:1

Acts 18:19 They came to Ephesus, and he left them there. Now he himself entered the synagogue and reasoned with the Jews.

KJV Acts 18:19 And he came to Ephesus, and left them there: but he himself entered into the synagogue, and reasoned with the Jews.

  • Ephesus Acts 18:24; 19:1,17,26; 20:16; 1 Cor 16:8; Ephesians 1:1; 1 Timothy 1:3; 2 Timothy 1:18; 4:12; Revelation 1:11; 2:1
  • but Acts 18:4; 17:2,3

Acts 18:20  When they asked him to stay for a longer time, he did not consent,

KJV Acts 18:20 When they desired him to tarry longer time with them, he consented not;

  • he Acts 20:16; 21:13,14; Mark 1:37,38; 1 Cor 16:12

Acts 18:21 but taking leave of them and saying, "I will return to you again if God wills," he set sail from Ephesus.

KJV Acts 18:21 But bade them farewell, saying, I must by all means keep this feast that cometh in Jerusalem: but I will return again unto you, if God will. And he sailed from Ephesus.

  • bade Acts 15:29; Luke 9:61; 2 Cor 13:11
  • I must Acts 20:16; Deuteronomy 16:1
  • if God Acts 19:21; 21:14; Mt 26:39; Ro 1:10; 15:32; 1 Cor 4:19; Php 2:19-24; Hebrews 6:3; James 4:15

Acts 18:22 When he had landed at Caesarea, he went up and greeted the church, and went down to Antioch.

KJV Acts 18:22 And when he had landed at Caesarea, and gone up, and saluted the church, he went down to Antioch.

  • Caesarea Acts 8:40; 10:1,24; 11:11; 18:22; 23:23
  • gone Acts 25:1,9 Jerusalem
  • the church Acts 18:21; 11:22; 15:4; 21:17-19
  • went down to Antioch Acts 11:19-27; 13:1; 14:26; 15:23,30,35

Acts 18:23 And having spent some time there, he left and passed successively through the Galatian region and Phrygia, strengthening all the disciples.

KJV Acts 18:23 And after he had spent some time there, he departed, and went over all the country of Galatia and Phrygia in order, strengthening all the disciples.

  • the country Acts 16:6; 1 Cor 16:1; Gal 1:2; 4:14
  • strengthening  Acts 14:22; 15:32,41; 16:40; Deuteronomy 3:28; Ezra 1:6; Isaiah 35:3,4; Daniel 11:1; Luke 22:32,43; 1 Th 3:2; 4:18; 5:14; Hebrews 12:12,13

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THE THIRD MISSIONARY
JOURNEY BEGINS

Missionary journeys are summarized below  Click for the maps of each journey.

Paul's First Missionary Journey Acts 13:4-14:28
Paul's Second Missionary Journey Acts 15:36-18:22
Paul's Third Missionary Journey Acts 18:23-21:26

 

 

Acts 18:24 Now a Jew named Apollos, an Alexandrian by birth, an eloquent man, came to Ephesus; and he was mighty in the Scriptures.

KJV Acts 18:24 And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus.

  • Apollos Acts 19:1; 1 Cor 1:12; 3:5,6; 4:6; 16:12; Titus 3:13
  • Alexandria Acts 6:9; 27:6
  • an Exodus 4:10; Isaiah 3:3; 1 Cor 2:1,2; 2 Cor 10:10
  • mighty Acts 18:28; 7:22; Ezra 7:6,12; Mt 13:52; Luke 24:19; Colossians 3:16

Acts 18:25 This man had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit, he was speaking and teaching accurately the things concerning Jesus, being acquainted only with the baptism of John;

KJV Acts 18:25 This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John.

  • instructed Acts 13:10; 16:17; 19:9,23; Genesis 18:19; Judges 2:22; 1 Samuel 12:23; Ps 25:8,9; Ps 119:1; Isaiah 40:3; Jer 6:16; Hosea 14:9; Mt 3:3; Mark 1:3; 12:14; Luke 3:4; John 1:23
  • fervent Ro 12:11; Colossians 1:28,29; 2 Timothy 2:4; James 5:16
  • knowing Acts 19:3; Mt 3:1-17; Luke 3:1-38; John 1:19-36

Acts 18:26 and he began to speak out boldly in the synagogue. But when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately.

KJV Acts 18:26 And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.

  • to speak Acts 14:3; Isaiah 58:1; Ephesians 6:19,20
  • Aquila Acts 18:2,3
  • expounded Acts 8:31; 28:23; Proverbs 1:5; 9:9; 22:17,18; 25:12; Mt 18:3,4; Mark 10:15; Luke 19:26; 24:27; John 7:17; 1 Cor 3:18; 8:2; 12:21; Hebrews 6:1; 2 Peter 3:18

Acts 18:27 And when he wanted to go across to Achaia, the brethren encouraged him and wrote to the disciples to welcome him; and when he had arrived, he greatly helped those who had believed through grace,

KJV Acts 18:27 And when he was disposed to pass into Achaia, the brethren wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive him: who, when he was come, helped them much which had believed through grace:

  • the brethren Acts 9:27; Ro 16:1,2; 1 Cor 16:3; 2 Cor 3:1,2
  • exhorting Colossians 4:10; 3 John 1:8-10
  • helped 1 Cor 3:6,10-14; 2 Cor 1:24; Php 1:25
  • believed John 1:12,13; Ro 1:5; 1 Cor 15:10; Ephesians 2:8-10; Php 1:29; Colossians 2:12; 2 Th 2:13,14; Titus 3:4-6; James 1:16-18; 1 Peter 1:2,3

Acts 18:28 28  for he powerfully refuted the Jews in public, demonstrating by the Scriptures that Jesus was the Christ.

KJV Acts 18:28 For he mightily convinced the Jews, and that publickly, shewing by the scriptures that Jesus was Christ.

  • convinced Acts 18:5,25; 9:22; 17:3; 26:22,23; Luke 24:27,44; 1 Cor 15:3,4; Hebrews 7:1-10
  • shewing John 5:39

 

 

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