Through Macedonia and Greece
20 When the uproar had ended, Paul sent for the disciples and, after encouraging them, said goodbye and set out for Macedonia. 2 He traveled through that area, speaking many words of encouragement to the people, and finally arrived in Greece, 3 where he stayed three months. Because some Jews had plotted against him just as he was about to sail for Syria, he decided to go back through Macedonia. 4 He was accompanied by Sopater son of Pyrrhus from Berea, Aristarchus and Secundus from Thessalonica, Gaius from Derbe, Timothy also, and Tychicus and Trophimus from the province of Asia. 5 These men went on ahead and waited for us at Troas. 6 But we sailed from Philippi after the Festival of Unleavened Bread, and five days later joined the others at Troas, where we stayed seven days.
Eutychus Raised From the Dead at Troas
7 On the first day of the week we came together to break bread. Paul spoke to the people and, because he intended to leave the next day, kept on talking until midnight. 8 There were many lamps in the upstairs room where we were meeting. 9 Seated in a window was a young man named Eutychus, who was sinking into a deep sleep as Paul talked on and on. When he was sound asleep, he fell to the ground from the third story and was picked up dead. 10 Paul went down, threw himself on the young man and put his arms around him. “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “He’s alive!” 11 Then he went upstairs again and broke bread and ate. After talking until daylight, he left. 12 The people took the young man home alive and were greatly comforted.
Paul’s Farewell to the Ephesian Elders
13 We went on ahead to the ship and sailed for Assos, where we were going to take Paul aboard. He had made this arrangement because he was going there on foot. 14 When he met us at Assos, we took him aboard and went on to Mitylene. 15 The next day we set sail from there and arrived off Chios. The day after that we crossed over to Samos, and on the following day arrived at Miletus. 16 Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus to avoid spending time in the province of Asia, for he was in a hurry to reach Jerusalem, if possible, by the day of Pentecost.
17 From Miletus, Paul sent to Ephesus for the elders of the church. 18 When they arrived, he said to them: “You know how I lived the whole time I was with you, from the first day I came into the province of Asia. 19 I served the Lord with great humility and with tears and in the midst of severe testing by the plots of my Jewish opponents. 20 You know that I have not hesitated to preach anything that would be helpful to you but have taught you publicly and from house to house. 21 I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus.
22 “And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. 23 I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. 24 However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.
25 “Now I know that none of you among whom I have gone about preaching the kingdom will ever see me again. 26 Therefore, I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of any of you. 27 For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God. 28 Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God,[a] which he bought with his own blood.[b] 29 I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. 30 Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. 31 So be on your guard! Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears.
32 “Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. 33 I have not coveted anyone’s silver or gold or clothing. 34 You yourselves know that these hands of mine have supplied my own needs and the needs of my companions. 35 In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”
36 When Paul had finished speaking, he knelt down with all of them and prayed. 37 They all wept as they embraced him and kissed him. 38 What grieved them most was his statement that they would never see his face again. Then they accompanied him to the ship.
He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.
Isaiah 53:3-4 NIV
Death in the Bible means separation. There are different kinds of deaths referred to in the Bible. In this verse death means eternal separation from God. This separation is also referred to as the second death in the book of Revelation.
"But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death." Revelation 21:8
Are you telling me if someone doesn't believe in God he is going to burn their souls to destroy them for good. Why so hard, why not just show himself to them so they believe, not everyone gets a calling, perhaps some people need to have it proved instead of faith. Why is God so hard on people's souls after they die if they were not convinced in life, why not give them a second chance after death, there are good people who don't believe who do good things, is it really right to burn their souls because it had to be proved to them.
Because God loved us God provided a way for us to be saved. It is a free gift from God to all people who will accept the free gift. Many refuse the gift. If we do not accept the free gift it will never be ours. Any person who does not accept the free gift of God will perish. That free gift is Jesus. We cannot be saved by works no matter how good our works are. If we could be saved by works God would never have sent His son to die a tormenting death on the cross for us. There would be no need for Him to do that. We are only saved by the sacrifical blood that Jesus shed on the cross for our sins. There is no other way to be saved. No one has ever been good enough to be saved by their own works. All of us have sinned. Even those of us who are good people. You will read about all of this as you continue to read your new Bible.
The Bible speaks of three main different types of death. Death, in the Bible, refers to separation. Physical death is when your body is separated from your spirit and soul. When God said "You will surely die" He was referring to spiritual death. Spiritual death is separation from God. Because of the sin in the Garden we are all born into this spiritual death. However, God made a way for us to become spiritually alive again through Christ Jesus. Jesus is God's free gift to us, but we have to accept this free gift of God in order for the gift to become ours. Once we accept God's free gift we become alive spiritually. All things become new to us.
This also explains the separation(death) from God. If we don't receive Christ we will experience eternal separation from God. Separation from God can be temporary or permanent. If we receive Christ during our physical life on earth, then our separation from God was temporary.
Here is a good article that explains more of the different types of death in the bible.
"Death is never defined by lexicographers as extinction, annihilation, non-existence or unconsciousness
Death in the Bible is always pictured as a separation between two things.
Click to ViewFalse teachers wrongly define death as extinction, annihilation, non-existence or unconsciousness.
Click to ViewMan has no conscious existence apart from the body after he dies"
Tansy, if someone came up to you and asked you how to be saved would they really understand how to be saved by telling them "we receive God by faith". The "we receive God by faith" statement is too broad for people to really understand what they must do to be saved. While this statement is true we must look at the other verses in the Bible regarding salvation in order to understand what it means. If we don't do this people will not know what to do in order to become saved. While it is true that we are not saved by our own works, there is such an emphasis on this that some Christians have perverted this statement which causes people to lose out on salvation. Breathing now becomes a work. Making a decision now becomes a work. Thinking now becomes a work. Repentance means a change of thinking, but that is now a work.Talking to God now becomes a work. This is crazy.
In Acts 2 during Peter's sermon, Peter exhorted which means he urged them to do something. The Bible says they were pricked to the heart which means the Holy Spirit was convicting them. About 3 thousand souls were saved that day. You may read the whole chapter if you wish. You will find Peter exhorting people to believe on Christ. He is asking them to make a decision or the word exhort would not be in there. He is asking them to repent.
We must study the "we receive God by faith" statement in context of the whole Bible. When we study a phrase from the Bible we first look at the context within the verse, next the passage, then chapter and finally the whole Bible. It is not confusing when we do this. If we don't study the Bible this way we will find crazy contradictions and become confused.
When Paul and Silas was asked this question in these verses we see that they told them to "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ." This narrows it down some. "Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house."
Now we need to know what it means to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. Does it mean that we just need to believe that Jesus existed in order to be saved? I think not because the Bible is clear in the book of James that even devils believe that and yet they are not saved.
Romans 10:9-13 narrows it down even more. " That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. "
In John 3:3 Jesus explained it as a spiritual birth. "Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."
Titus 3:5 explains it as "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;"
2 Corinthians 5:17 explains it as "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."
In John 17:3 Jesus explains salvation as an intimate relationship with God. "And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent."
Acts 4:12 states there is no other way to be saved. "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."
John 14:6: explains Jesus is the only way to God. "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."
John 1:12 explains that we need to receive Christ to be saved and that as the receivers we believe in His
name. "But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name"
2 Corinthians 7:10 explains it like this. "For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death."
Ephesians 2:8-9 explains that we have been saved by grace through faith. "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast."
John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."
Is this really confusing to you? The Bible explains salvation in several different ways so that we can truly understand it. As the Father draws us and the Holy Spirit convicts us we receive Christ into our lives. At that point we experience a spiritual birth. All things have now become new. The Holy Spirit has regenerated us. We have become born again.
Refreshed, I just want to add that I liked these videos that you posted here because Ray did a good job getting people to see that they are not good enough to be saved by their own righteousness. That is good because many people walk in the error of thinking that if they are a good person they will make it. I did not get a good feeling when it came to Ray really explaining to people how to become saved.
I have since listen to more of his videos as he talked to people about salvation. I don't think that he understands it himself. He knows that all have sinned. He is getting people to see that, but he is not explaining to people that we need to receive Christ and His righteousness. He explains repentance as telling God we are sorry, asking for forgiveness and never sinning again. At least that is what he is sounding like to me. The Bible says, "godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation." I understand repentance to mean a change of mind, or a change of thinking. If a person changes their mind about sin they will hate sin. They will want to not sin, but that does not mean that they become sinless, especially as a new Christian. People have battles with sin and things to overcome as Christians. I think Ray is giving people the idea that they need to stop sinning first in order to be saved. Or, that they need to immediately stop all sin and trust Jesus for their salvation. I think he is actually leading people to turn away from Christ thinking that they cannot do this. People have addictions and bondages and most are not immediately delivered from these at salvation. Ray does explain that Christ took our penalty for us, but he leaves people with the idea that we have to be sinless if we are really saved. People know they can't do that. Perhaps very mature Christians have arrived at close to sinlessness, but to expect people to agree that they will never sin again in order to be saved is not right. I think this could be causing many to actually turn away from Christ defeating his purpose for preaching the gospel to people in the first place.
We will only have eternal life (become saved) by allowing Christ to impute His righteousness to us by receiving Him and allowing the Holy Spirit to regenerate us into a new creature. We can try to not sin until the cows come home, but our efforts will never make us good enough to be saved. Certainly, if we are a new creature in Christ our thinking regarding sin has changed. So, yes I believe in repentance, but not the way Ray does. He makes salvation something really hard. Remember, we cannot not work for our salvation. It sounds to me like he makes people work for it. Salvation is as simple as calling on the name of the Lord with a sincere and willing heart asking Him for forgiveness for our sins as we receive the free Gift of God offered to us by God. That free gift is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Ray is quoting the verse to them that says without holiness we cannot see God, but Ray is not telling them that it must be the holiness of Christ. Yes, as a Christian we will turn from sin as best we can with the help of the Holy Spirit, but our own righteousness will never allow us to see God. We will be in right standing with God only as we have put on the righteousness of Christ.
I understand your concerns and thank you for the addition of your comments about it. Ray is part of the Holiness beliefs and so he is going to focus on Holiness a little more than us partial or full Calvinists.
He did say in the video that it was the indwelling of the Holy Spirit that helped us to not sin. He also said that that repentance was "a change of mind" in one of the videos. But you may be right that he did not put as much emphasis on the righteousness of Christ as he should have in his short witnessing to these people.
He is explaining it better here. He acts like he is scared to offer to pray with people out of fear of producing a false convert. Or, maybe it's because he has been listening to so much criticism about the lip service sinner's prayer and does not want to be accused of that. I am getting the feeling that he is leaving people without direction when they want it. I have listened to several other of his videos now. I am not necessarily referring to the ones you posted.
It's not Ray's job as an evangelist to put any finishing touches on people coming to Christ. I feel sure that the Holy Spirit speaks to Ray's heart whether he is to pursue further or not as far as praying the sinners prayer with a person. He should never force this on someone when they are not ready...much like how he politely asked the woman in the video.
It is now up to the person to seek God and a relationship with Him after Ray does his job of presenting the gospel.
If the Holy Spirit convicts their hearts, these people will continue to seek the Lord either by reading the bible for themselves or perhaps joining a church that will help guide and encourage them by standing in the faith with them as they grow in God's knowledge and strength.
As you noticed, Ray did not try to lead the two young men through the sinner's prayer. One was more hard-hearted than the other one, yet neither one seemed truly ready. However their consciences seemed somewhat pricked by the gospel and so it may lead to more discussion between the two men, as well as personal time to seek God on their own. I would think Ray was waiting to see if any of them would ask as the people in this scripture did.
Acts 2:36 “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.”
37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”
38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
Paul in Ephesus
19 While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples 2 and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when[a] you believed?”
They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”
3 So Paul asked, “Then what baptism did you receive?”
“John’s baptism,” they replied.
4 Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” 5 On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues[b] and prophesied. 7 There were about twelve men in all.
8 Paul entered the synagogue and spoke boldly there for three months, arguing persuasively about the kingdom of God. 9 But some of them became obstinate; they refused to believe and publicly maligned the Way. So Paul left them. He took the disciples with him and had discussions daily in the lecture hall of Tyrannus. 10 This went on for two years, so that all the Jews and Greeks who lived in the province of Asia heard the word of the Lord.
11 God did extraordinary miracles through Paul, 12 so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were cured and the evil spirits left them.
13 Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, “In the name of the Jesus whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out.” 14 Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. 15 One day the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?” 16 Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all. He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding.
17 When this became known to the Jews and Greeks living in Ephesus, they were all seized with fear, and the name of the Lord Jesus was held in high honor. 18 Many of those who believed now came and openly confessed what they had done. 19 A number who had practiced sorcery brought their scrolls together and burned them publicly. When they calculated the value of the scrolls, the total came to fifty thousand drachmas.[c] 20 In this way the word of the Lord spread widely and grew in power.
21 After all this had happened, Paul decided[d] to go to Jerusalem, passing through Macedonia and Achaia. “After I have been there,” he said, “I must visit Rome also.” 22 He sent two of his helpers, Timothy and Erastus, to Macedonia, while he stayed in the province of Asia a little longer.
The Riot in Ephesus
23 About that time there arose a great disturbance about the Way. 24 A silversmith named Demetrius, who made silver shrines of Artemis, brought in a lot of business for the craftsmen there. 25 He called them together, along with the workers in related trades, and said: “You know, my friends, that we receive a good income from this business. 26 And you see and hear how this fellow Paul has convinced and led astray large numbers of people here in Ephesus and in practically the whole province of Asia. He says that gods made by human hands are no gods at all. 27 There is danger not only that our trade will lose its good name, but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis will be discredited; and the goddess herself, who is worshiped throughout the province of Asia and the world, will be robbed of her divine majesty.”
28 When they heard this, they were furious and began shouting: “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!” 29 Soon the whole city was in an uproar. The people seized Gaius and Aristarchus, Paul’s traveling companions from Macedonia, and all of them rushed into the theater together. 30 Paul wanted to appear before the crowd, but the disciples would not let him. 31 Even some of the officials of the province, friends of Paul, sent him a message begging him not to venture into the theater.
32 The assembly was in confusion: Some were shouting one thing, some another. Most of the people did not even know why they were there. 33 The Jews in the crowd pushed Alexander to the front, and they shouted instructions to him. He motioned for silence in order to make a defense before the people. 34 But when they realized he was a Jew, they all shouted in unison for about two hours: “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!”
35 The city clerk quieted the crowd and said: “Fellow Ephesians, doesn’t all the world know that the city of Ephesus is the guardian of the temple of the great Artemis and of her image, which fell from heaven? 36 Therefore, since these facts are undeniable, you ought to calm down and not do anything rash. 37 You have brought these men here, though they have neither robbed temples nor blasphemed our goddess. 38 If, then, Demetrius and his fellow craftsmen have a grievance against anybody, the courts are open and there are proconsuls. They can press charges. 39 If there is anything further you want to bring up, it must be settled in a legal assembly. 40 As it is, we are in danger of being charged with rioting because of what happened today. In that case we would not be able to account for this commotion, since there is no reason for it.” 41 After he had said this, he dismissed the assembly.
18 After this, Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. 2 There he met a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had ordered all Jews to leave Rome. Paul went to see them, 3 and because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them. 4 Every Sabbath he reasoned in the synagogue, trying to persuade Jews and Greeks.
5 When Silas and Timothy came from Macedonia, Paul devoted himself exclusively to preaching, testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Messiah. 6 But when they opposed Paul and became abusive, he shook out his clothes in protest and said to them, “Your blood be on your own heads! I am innocent of it. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.”
7 Then Paul left the synagogue and went next door to the house of Titius Justus, a worshiper of God. 8 Crispus, the synagogue leader, and his entire household believed in the Lord; and many of the Corinthians who heard Paul believed and were baptized.
9 One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. 10 For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city.” 11 So Paul stayed in Corinth for a year and a half, teaching them the word of God.
12 While Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews of Corinth made a united attack on Paul and brought him to the place of judgment. 13 “This man,” they charged, “is persuading the people to worship God in ways contrary to the law.”
14 Just as Paul was about to speak, Gallio said to them, “If you Jews were making a complaint about some misdemeanor or serious crime, it would be reasonable for me to listen to you. 15 But since it involves questions about words and names and your own law—settle the matter yourselves. I will not be a judge of such things.” 16 So he drove them off. 17 Then the crowd there turned on Sosthenes the synagogue leader and beat him in front of the proconsul; and Gallio showed no concern whatever.
Priscilla, Aquila and Apollos
18 Paul stayed on in Corinth for some time. Then he left the brothers and sisters and sailed for Syria, accompanied by Priscilla and Aquila. Before he sailed, he had his hair cut off at Cenchreae because of a vow he had taken. 19 They arrived at Ephesus, where Paul left Priscilla and Aquila. He himself went into the synagogue and reasoned with the Jews. 20 When they asked him to spend more time with them, he declined. 21 But as he left, he promised, “I will come back if it is God’s will.” Then he set sail from Ephesus. 22 When he landed at Caesarea, he went up to Jerusalem and greeted the church and then went down to Antioch.
23 After spending some time in Antioch, Paul set out from there and traveled from place to place throughout the region of Galatia and Phrygia, strengthening all the disciples.
24 Meanwhile a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was a learned man, with a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures. 25 He had been instructed in the way of the Lord, and he spoke with great fervor[a] and taught about Jesus accurately, though he knew only the baptism of John. 26 He began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they invited him to their home and explained to him the way of God more adequately.
27 When Apollos wanted to go to Achaia, the brothers and sisters encouraged him and wrote to the disciples there to welcome him. When he arrived, he was a great help to those who by grace had believed. 28 For he vigorously refuted his Jewish opponents in public debate, proving from the Scriptures that Jesus was the Messiah.