Acts 23

With respect to the hope

Acts 23

Insults in the bible

An aside

1 Samuel 20:30

...You son of a perverse, rebellious woman... (use)

1 Kings 12:10

...My little finger is thicker than my father’s thighs. (use)

2 Kings 9:20

... the driving is like the driving of Jehu the son of Nimshi, for he drives furiously. (use)

Matthew 23:13

hypocrites (use)

Matthew 23:17

You blind fools!... (use)

Matthew 23:33

You serpents, you brood of vipers, how are you to escape being sentenced to hell? (use)

John 1:46

...Can anything good come out of Nazareth?... (use)

Acts 2:13

...They are filled with new wine. (use)

Acts 23:3 whitewashed wall! (use)

Acts 26:24

...your great learning is driving you out of your mind. (use)

Galatians 5:12

I wish those who unsettle you would emasculate themselves! (use)

Philippians 3:19

...their god is their belly... (use)

Acts 23:6

Now when Paul perceived that one part were Sadducees and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, "Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees. It is with respect to the hope and the resurrection of the dead that I am on trial." (use)

Matthew 22:23

...Sadducees came to him, who say that there is no resurrection... (use)

Matthew 22:28

...whose wife will she be?... (use)

Exodus 3:6

...I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.... (use)

Matthew 22:32

'I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob'? He is not God of the dead, but of the living. (use)

Exchange also in Mark 12

The whole family of God, most high and most true, has therefore a consolation of its own,—a consolation which cannot deceive, and which has in it a surer hope than the tottering and falling affairs of earth can afford.

Augustine of Hippo. 426. City of God. (use)

Job 19:26

And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God, (use)

1 Kings 17:22

And the Lord listened to the voice of Elijah. And the life of the child came into him again, and he revived. (use)

Daniel 12:2

And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. (use)

Death may lie ahead of us, but in God’s hands death brings us into eternal life.

Waters, G.P., 2021. Why Do We All Die? (use)

John 5:29

and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment. (use)

Mark 9:10

So they kept the matter to themselves, questioning what this rising from the dead might mean. (use)

Mark 16:6

And he said to them, "Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him." (use)

You can take this world It's joys, and it's fleeting pleasures But give us Jesus, our future hope and our greatest treasure

Beautiful Eulogy. 2013. Acquired In Heaven. (use)

Acts 26:8

Why is it thought incredible by any of you that God raises the dead? (use)

1 Corinthians 15:12

Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? (use)

1 Corinthians 15:55

O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? (use)

But when I get where I'm going And I see my maker's face I'll stand forever in the light Of his amazing grace

Rutherford, R. 2005. When I Get Where I'm Going. (use)

1 Thessalonians 4:14

For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. (use)

1 Thessalonians 4:16

For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. (use)

Revelation 20:12

And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. (use)

Refrain: When the roll is called up yonder, When the roll is called up yonder, I'll be there. 2 On that bright and cloudless morning when the dead in Christ shall rise, And the glory of his resurrection share; When his chosen ones shall gather to their home beyond the skies, And the roll is called up yonder, I'll be there. [Refrain]

Black, J M. 1893. When the roll is called up yonder. (use)

Acts 23:9

Then a great clamor arose, and some of the scribes of the Pharisees’ party stood up and contended sharply, "We find nothing wrong in this man. What if a spirit or an angel spoke to him?" (use)

New Testament

Luke 1:19

And the angel answered him{Zechariah}, "I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I was sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news. (use)

Luke 1:30

And the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. (use)

Luke 2:10

And the angel said to them {shepherds}, "Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. (use)

Hebrews 1:14

What are the angels, then? They are spirits who serve God and are sent by him to help those who are to receive salvation. (use)

Revelation 22:8-9

...I {John} fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed them to me, but he said to me, "You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you... (use)

So there is a scarlet thread running all through the Bible—the whole book points to Christ.

Moody, D.L. (use)

Old Testament

Genesis 12:1-3

Now the Lord said to Abram... (use)

Genesis 18:2

...three men were standing in front of him {Abraham}... (use)

Genesis 19:1

...two angels came to Sodom... (use)

Exodus 23:20

...I {God} send an angel before you {Israel}... (use)

Numbers 22:32

...the angel of the LORD said to him {Balaam}, "Why have you struck your donkey... (use)

Joshua 5:15

...the commander of the LORD’s army said to Joshua, "Take off your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy."... (use)

1 Kings 19:5 angel touched him {Elijah} and said to him, "Arise and eat." (use)

1 Kings 19:9

...the word of the LORD came to him {Elijah}... (use)

Isaiah 37:36

...the angel of the LORD went out and struck down 185,000... (use)

Daniel 3:28

Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who has sent his angel... (use)

Daniel 6:22

My God sent his angel... (use)

Paul Claims

Acts 9:5

And he said, "Who are you, Lord?" And he said, "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. (use)

Acts 13:30

{Paul at Antioch} But God raised him from the dead, (use)

Acts 22:8

And I answered, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ And he said to me, ‘I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting.’ (use)

Acts 26:16

{retelling to King Agrippa} But rise and stand upon your feet, for I {Jesus} have appeared to you {Paul} for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and witness to the things in which you have seen me and to those in which I will appear to you, (use)

For a variety of reasons, contemporary scholars widely conclude that after his death, Jesus' followers at least thought that they had seen appearances of the risen Jesus.

Habermas, G.R., 2006. Experiences of the risen Jesus. (use)

1 Corinthians 9:1

...Have I {Paul} not seen Jesus our Lord?... (use)

1 Corinthians 15:8

Last of all, as to one untimely born, he {Jesus} appeared also to me {Paul}. (use)

What you do with the one who hung on the cross and walked out of the tomb decides what God will do with you for eternity.

Begg, A. 2021. Brave by Faith. The Good Book Company. (use)

Acts 13:38-39

...forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, and by him everyone who believes is freed... (use)

Unto the grave, what shall we sing? "Christ, He lives; Christ, He lives!" And what reward will heaven bring? Everlasting life with Him

Getty, K., 2020. Christ Our Hope in Life and Death. (use)

God speaks

Jeremiah 7:13

And now, because you have done all these things, declares the LORD, and when I spoke to you persistently you did not listen, and when I called you, you did not answer (use)

For the sake of our own souls we must know the full content of the Word of God. I say that because it seems to me that many of our most pressing problems ... stem either from ignorance of Christian doctrine, or from a failure to apply it.

MacLeod, D., 2016. A Faith to Live By: Understanding Christian Doctrine. (use)

Hebrews 1:2

but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. (use)

2 Timothy 3:16

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, (use)

Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so. Little ones to him belong; they are weak, but he is strong. Refrain: Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me! The Bible tells me so.

Warner, A.B., 1859. Jesus loves me this I know. (use)

Romans 5:8

but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (use)

Acts 23:11

The following night the Lord stood by him and said, "Take courage, for as you have testified to the facts about me in Jerusalem, so you must testify also in Rome." (use)

Christ said Paul was going to Rome. And that was that. No ambush can stand against the promise of Christ. Until he got to Rome, Paul was immortal. There was a final testimony to be given. And Christ would see to it that Paul would give it. You too have final testimony to give. And you are immortal until you give it.

Piper, J., 2020. When You Are Immortal. (use)

1 Peter 3:15

...being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you... (use)

The list of tasks facing that first General Synod may sound familiar to many of you: Christian education; Christian unity; the better distribution of the ordained ministry to the needs of the population. But one stands out supreme: "to bring the people of this country to the knowledge and the love of God".

HRH Elizabeth. 2021. The Queen's message to the Opening Session of the 11th General Synod. (use)