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COMMENTARY
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Gospel according to Matthew
Gospel according to Mark
Gospel according to Luke
Gospel according to John
Acts of the Apostles
Epistle to the Romans

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Die Offenbarung des Johannes

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إنجيل المسيح حسب متى
إنجيل المسيح حسب مرقس
إنجيل المسيح حسب لوقا
إنجيل المسيح حسب يوحنا
أعمال الرسل
رسالة إِلى أهل رومية
رسالة إِلى أهل غلاطية
رسالة إِلى أهل فيلبي
رسالة إلى أهل كولوسي
رسالة إلى العبرانيين
رسالة يعقوب
رؤيا يوحنا

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1. The First Persecution of the Christian Church at Jerusalem and the Believers’ Scattering throughout Samaria (Acts 8:1- 8) - continued
4   Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.
5   Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them.
6   And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.
7   For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed.
8   And there was great joy in that city.

The devil always attempts to destroy the Christian church. A great persecution of Christ´s followers began immediately after the martyrdom of Stephen. Yet the devil’s affliction does not destroy the church, but strengthens her spiritual life. Believing men and women began encountering suffering and torture in the prisons of Jerusalem even while Saul, in all his haughtiness, became a slave of the devil. Many members of the church scattered into regions which were not under the authority of the high council. These refugees did not immediately find a new home. They probably were hoping to go back to their homes in Jerusalem as soon as possible. At the same time, they did not turn into beggars, but preached the kingdom of God and testified to the joy of Christ in the midst of suffering. Their faith remained unbroken, and their hope had been set on fire. They understood the profound meaning of James’ word when he said: “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” (James 1:4)
Philip, one of the seven deacons, fled to the territory of Samaria, and found shelter in Shechem, near Nablus. He described to his hearers the divine Man, who had conquered death, saved from sin, defeated Satan, ascended to heaven, reconciled us to God, and who now intercedes for us, sitting at the right hand of the Power and reigning with Him. He overcomes all evil powers in those who seek Him and open themselves to His Spirit. As Philip became an instrument in the hand of Christ, an abundant power of the Holy Spirit began being poured out from him. Unclean spirits came out from many of the demon-possessed with a loud cry. Those without hope were comforted, and the lame walked. All the people rejoiced and raced to the preacher with one accord. Christ’s salvation had appeared, and the city was full of joy.

 

Question:

43. What is the difference between faith in Christ and belief in the words of His servants?

 

 

Table of contents

PREFACE

INTRODUCTION

PART 1
THE PRELIMINARY PERIOD IN THE MINISTRY OF CHRIST
(MATTHEW 1:1 - 4:25)

PART 2
CHRIST TEACHES AND MINISTERS IN GALILEE
(MATTHEW 5:1 - 11:1)

PART 3
THE UNBELIEVING JEWS AND THEIR ENMITY TO JESUS
(MATTHEW 11:2-18:35)

PART 4
JESUS’ MINISTRY IN THE JORDAN VALLEY DURING HIS JOURNEY TO JERUSALEM
(MATTHEW 19:1 - 20:34)

PART 5
JESUS’ LAST MINISTRIES IN JERUSALEM
(MATTHEW 21:1 - 25:46)

PART 6
CHRIST’S SUFFEINGS AND DEATH
(MATTHEW 26:1-27:66)

PART 7
THE RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
(MATTHEW 28:1-20)

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