O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God, how unsearchable are His judgments and Ways past finding out! The judgments, ways, riches, wisdom and the knowledge of the Almighty God are beyond mankind including the Jews. God has chosen to reveal some things to mankind, but the majority of His ways and judgments are hidden from man. (Deut.29:29)
God is rich in mercy and wonderfully gracious to mankind and He stood as the omnipotent, omniscient and all wise God in His kindness to humanity by sending His Son, Jesus Christ to the world to save us from the wrath to come. (1Thess.1:10) No wonder the scripture says: “For God so loved the world that He gave His One and Only Son, Jesus Christ, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but will have everlasting life.” (Jn.3:16) He could not abandon Himself in man because we were made and created in the image and likeness of Him.
The Spirit of God gave man form and life from the beginning of creation and God will not forsake himself in man because by the His Spirit, He made man. (Gen.2:7; Job.33:3-4) Granted that man has been damaged by sin in the rebellion instigated by Satan in the Garden of Eden, (Gen.3:1-19) but God saw something in man and He was not about to let go. Isaiah said that God’s arm brought salvation unto Him and His righteousness sustained Him. (Isa.59:16-17) God was in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself. (2Cor.5:16-21)
The scriptures presented God as the marvelous, merciful and gracious Maker whose generosity is above and beyond mankind put together. Man cannot come close to the wisdom of God as the word says, “The foolishness of God is wiser than and far supersedes mankind’s combined. (1Cor.1:25) He is the incomprehensible, unfathomable, unsearchable and incredible God. Paul never kept the mandate of God directly, (Acts.22:21) but by prosy as the Jews were asking for his head. (Acts.22:22) God was committed to the Gentiles and His ways and will must be done. The Apostles also did not carry out the will of God. When Jerusalem was super saturated with the Gospel and they would have moved on to Judea, Samaria and the uttermost parts of the world according to Acts.1:8, they stayed put. (Acts.8:1)
God has not left the salvation of mankind to the whims and whimsical of the Jews, otherwise the Gentiles would have waited for nearly 2-3 centuries in receiving the Gospel of God through the Lord Jesus Christ by His servants. There was no difference amongst the Jews whether OT or the NT. The concept of the Lord God and His revelation, intension and wisdom were misunderstood by them. Yes, they were the people of God, but they thought that God belonged to them exclusively and no other nation has a right to His ways and wisdom on earth. (Acts.10) They could have kept God to themselves for centuries had it not being for the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God in the salvation of human race.
The likes of Jonah, James, Peter, Paul and almost all the Jews with the exception of Stephen were all deeply conscious of the Jewishness of their race. Paul’s case was aggravated with his persecution and hurting of the disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ. He never could shake the guilt in his heart even though God never held it against him. This was so deep in him that he disobeyed the Spirit of God and the voice of the Lord Jesus Christ as seen from Acts.9:15-16; Gal.2:8-10; Acts.21:17-24. Numerous scriptures in Acts attested to this fact where Paul kept on going to the Jews when in fact the Jews wanted to kill him. Eventually they were responsible for his death through the hands of the Romans.
The writer believes that although Paul was credited with the Gospel to the Gentiles, he was forced by God through persecution and hardships to go to the Gentiles where he experienced the power of God beyond measure. (Acts.19:10-20) He was trying with every once of his might and every drop of blood in him to appease the wrong he did by persecuting the disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The scriptures first revealed Saul in Acts.7:58 as a young man in whose hands the clothes of those who killed Stephen were kept. He was later called Paul, the Apostle. Then he was seen as the champion of Judaism against the Gospel of Christ in Acts.8:1, ransacking, pillaging and harming the people of God who believed in Christ. (Acts.22:18-20)
The Church was scattered and through this means, the Gospel was advancing to and throughout the world outside Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria. God seemed to be saying to them that this was His will by allowing His presence to be richly involved in the conversion of the Gentiles. (Acts.10) Phillip went to Samaria and he had a great campaign by preaching the name of Jesus Christ and the whole city turned to Christ. (Acts.8)
The Apostles who sat put in Jerusalem, were playing the CEO positions. They sent delegates to Samaria to check it out and for the disciples in Samaria to receive the Holy Spirit. (Acts.8:4-40) In Acts.9, Saul was now a big shot and he was calling out who had to live and die amongst the saints and the disciples of Christ. He got a letter of authority from the high priest to arrest any of the sect of the Way in Damascus. In 9:1-22, Saul was apprehended and commissioned to go to the Gentiles and spread the Gospel. This was the beginning of the life of Saul under a new Master, the Lord Jesus Christ. He was serving under Judaism and was committed to the plans of Satan before now. It was his conversion to the Lord and he began to be eloquent before the Jews concerning Christ. (v.20)
Ananias was sent to him and when he came, he laid his hands on Saul and he was filled with Holy Spirit. The scales fell off from His eyes and received food for the strengthening of his body. The Lord said to Ananias, “Go your way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me. He will bear my name before the Gentiles, before kings and the children of Israel. I will show him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake.”
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