Acts (Program #64) – The Propagation in Asia Minor and Europe through the Ministry of Paul’s Company (30)
On two occasions in his life, the Apostle Paul was sovereignly set aside for a lengthy period of time. The Bible reveals precious little about the details of the three year period in Arabia and his two year imprisonment in Caesarea. Yet, after each of these periods, great Epistles later to be included in Scripture issued forth from God’s servant. What went on during these hidden years? And, how did God use them to further both His move on the earth and the unveiling of His eternal purpose? Please stay with us as we look at these meaningful questions on our life study of the Bible today.
Many people wonder why the Bible gives us four historical accounts of the life and ministry in Jesus. One of reasons is the each of the four gospels portrays Christ in a unique aspect. For example, Matthew a book on the kingdom of God reveals Christ in His kingship. Luke shows us Christ’s perfect and upright humanity as a genuine man. John on the other hand stresses the eternal, uncreated life of God as it is revealed in Christ. John is the gospel of Christ’s divinity.
Then what about Mark? Well, chapter 10:45 gives us a clue, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many.” Mark is wonderful in that it uniquely reveals that Christ lay aside His kingship, His status as God and even His position as a high and honored man to become God’s servant and eventually to become a slave to all mankind giving His life as a ransom for many.