Acts 18:1-11 – December 10, 2006

December 10, 2006 at 11:39 pm Leave a comment


Each study will have an error in one of the questions. It is our duty as believers to test everything that we read or hear with the Bible. So this will be a mini exercise in testing what is being said in class.

Q1) In verse 3, Paul applies his trade as a smithie. Some commentators say he did this because he suffered defeat at Athens. Do you agree or disagree?

Clues) This was the trick question. Paul was a tentmaker and not a smithie.

Discussion) This was a very good discussion. There are commentators that state since very few people came to know Jesus as their Savior in Athens that this became the proverbial “straw that broke the camels back” to Paul and that he needed a sabbatical from traveling and that is why he spent 18 months in Corinth (verse 11). In this class we are not out to prove or disprove anything. We are seeking what the Lord truly says in His word. We notice that in verse 4 that he reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath and persuaded both Jews and Greeks. This is the same thing he did in every city in which he stopped at the synagogues, so in that light he was not taking a sabbatical time off.

Q2) In verse 3, the Bible says Paul’s craft was tent making. Why did he need a craft? Why didn’t he just live off of church offerings or have his hosts pay his way?

Clues) Read I Corinthians 9:15-18

Discussion) Paul’s mission was to start new churches in different cities then to set the five-fold ministry up at each church. Whenever you start something new, you do not want to bleed the ministry or fleece the flock. He did not want anyone to say that he abused his power and his authority by having these new churches support him. He was more interested in bringing people into the kingdom and then having the new converst start the road of discipleship then to receive money.

One thing needs to be noted here. This is not a verse that is to come against salaried pastors and other salaried people in local churches that are already established. Instead this is an example of seeing the work of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit spread without it being tied to payments of humans.

Q3) What does it mean in verse 6 where it states, “they blasphemed the Gospel, Paul shook his raiment and stated I am clean?”

Clues) Think back of all the times that Paul went to each synagogue of the city and what the Jews did to him.

Discussion) Almost every city that Paul went into where he went into the synagogue and told all people about Jesus, he was somehow persecuted. We know that Paul was human and that in the back of his mind he knew that persecution was going to come. Here at Corinth, the Jewish people did something else. They said blasphemies against God. Paul wanted no part of this and stated that he was clean, or in other words that he had no part of this blasphemy. He also states that from now on he will only go to the Gentiles (a key note for next week’s lesson).

Q4) What do we know about Justus?

Clues) What does the Bible state about him.

Discussion) One thing we discussed is that whenever the Bible mentions someone by name (for just a couple of verses) in the New Testament when they are of great help to the Lord or to those serving the Lord, it is because the people are hungry for more of God and are obedient to what God tells them to do. Here Justus lives right next to the synagogue. One thing about the synagogue in each city is that the synagogue was never put into a portion of the city that was run down or what we would consider “on the wrong side of the tracks.” The synagogue was always put in the main thoroughfare of the city and usually was in the best and richest parts of the city. So we can gather that Justus was a person of great wealth who was a devout Jew, but converted to Christianity as soon as he heard about Jesus.

We also noted that Crispus who was the ruler of the synagogue believed on the Lord Jesus. If you will notice in verse 8 that many of the Corinthians believed on the Lord and were baptized. This refutes the claims that commentators have that Paul was on a Sabbatical.

Q5) Why did the Lord appear to Paul in verse 9?

Clues) Let’s remember everything that Paul had been through up to this point.

Discussion) Paul had previously been stoned and left for dead, persecuted, run out of cities, beaten then thrown in prison, and many other things. Here we see some great victories for the Lord in Corinth, but also we see some blapheming the name of God. After a while, the body grows frail (remember by now Paul had been going for at least 17 years) and the devil will try to play tricks with a person’s mind. The Lord in His grace and mercy told Paul not to keep silent but that He is with him. No one will attack or hurt him and that He has many in the city. There was some discussion on that the Lord has many in the city that it could be new converst and also those seeking the Lord and that they will find Him through Paul.

Q6) In vese 11, Paul was at Corinth for 18 months. What did he do there and why?

Clues) It was partially told by the Lord in verses 9 and 10.

Discussion) There were many there who needed to know about Jesus. This would be a time of not only evangelism but also deep discipleship of the Corinthians. Also, this is the time where Paul wrote I and II Thessalonians. Remember that Timothy remained in Thessalonica after Paul left. When Paul was at Corinth, Timothy came over to him to give him a good report about what was happening at the church at Thessalonica. Paul was extremely pleased and wrote down some further instructions in the form of discipleship in a letter (I Thessalonians) that was delivered by Timothy. Timothy relayed the letter to the church at Thessalonica and they were happy about the letter and further instructions. They then had a few more questions, which was relayed in a letter given to Timothy back to Paul. Paul wrote further instructions in the form of II Thessalonians and Timothy delivered that letter.

Paul travels one place in this study. Where is it on the map:pauls-second-journey.gif

Verse 1 – Corinth – number 18 on the map.

We discussed a little bit about last week’s challenge. One repsonse was that Paul wrote Galatians while in prison in Rome during Acts 28. No one else commented so the challenge is to read Galatians chapter 2 and find out when you feel that Paul wrote Galatians.


Entry filed under: Time in the Word.

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