The Purpose and Prayers of Paul
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Acts 26:16 “But rise and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness both of the things which you have seen and of the things which I will yet reveal to you. 17 I will deliver you from the Jewish people, as well as from the Gentiles, to whom I now send you, 18 to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins & an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith eis Me.”
Lk 4:18 (Isa 61) Spirit upon Me...a) preach the gospel to the poor/humble; He has sent Me b) heal the brokenhearted, c) proclaim forgiveness to the captives and d) recovery of sight to the blind, d) to set at liberty those who are oppressed, (58:6) 19 e) proclaim Jubilee/fresh start
I. To Open Their Eyes, in Order to Turn from Darkness to Light
Ac 26:20...should repent, turn to God, and do works befitting repentance
II. And From the Power of Satan To _____ God (cf Rm 6)
Col 1:13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love (see context below)
III. That They May Receive Forgiveness of Sins
Col 1:14 in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. (cf Eph 1:7)
IV. And an Inheritance among those who are Sanctified by Faith in Me.
(Positional=set apart vs Experiential=holy)
1Cor 1:2 To the church of God at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, 30 But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God --- (righteousness and sanctification and redemption)
1Thess 4:3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality;
Col 1:3...praying 4 since we heard of your faith...love 5 because of the hope which is laid up for you in heaven,.9 For this reason..ask that you may be controlled by the knowledge of His will by all wisdom and spiritual understanding (Eph 1:17); 10 that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful...knowledge of God 11 strengthened, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; 12 giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. 13-14 above
Gal 5:19 works of the flesh...21..those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 1Cor 6:9 the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. (not) inherit 11...you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified...
2Tim 4:6 For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand.7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Henceforth, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.
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