By Ajith Fernando
So much Bible commentaries take us on a one-way journey from the 20 th century to the 1st century. yet they go away us there, assuming that we will in some way make the go back trip on our personal. In different phrases, they specialise in the unique that means of the passage yet do not talk about its modern program. the knowledge they give is efficacious -- however the activity is just part performed! The NIV program statement sequence is helping us with either halves of the interpretive activity. This new and certain sequence exhibits readers the way to convey an old message into glossy context. It explains not just what the Bible capacity but additionally the way it can communicate powerfully at the present time.
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One method that is popular today is allegorizing—seeing consistent spiritual parallels to the incidents presented and looking for what is sometimes called the “deeper meaning” of the text. This was a common method of interpretation in the early church and is often associated with the church father Origen. For example, the three stages of Lazarus following his death have been taken to be teaching three stages of a Christian’s spiritual life (see John 11). (1) His stage in the tomb as a corpse represents the unregenerate stage.
Encouraging the Churches in Macedonia, Greece, and Troas (20:1–16) g. Encouraging the Ephesian Elders in Miletus (20:17–38) h. In Tyre and Caesarea (21:1–16) 7. Paul in Jerusalem (21:17–23:11) a. Paul Meets the Jerusalem Christians (21:17–26) b. Paul Is Arrested (21:27–36) c. Paul Speaks to the Mob (21:37–22:21) d. Paul Uses His Roman Citizenship (22:22–29) e. Paul Before the Sanhedrin (22:30–23:11) 8. Paul in Caesarea (23:12–26:32) a. Paul Moved to Caesarea (23:12–35) b. Paul Before Felix (24:1–27) c.
14. See J. : Regal Books, 1971), 217–19. 15. Both quotations are from David McKee, The Wonder of Worship (Ahmedabad, India: Jiwan Sahitya Sanstha, 1967), 16. 53 Acts 1:1–8 Baptism with the Holy Spirit. As already noted, the references to the baptism with the Holy Spirit suggest an experience of fullness with the Spirit. When does this take place? And what type of experience is it? Over these two questions there has been much debate in the church. Part of the problem is that the experience promised to the disciples and its fulfillment were in many ways unique, unrepeatable events.
Acts (The NIV Application Commentary) by Ajith Fernando