The Lord continues to lead Paul and Paul continues to March 4th... I mean March Forth*!
*see comment below
SALVATION HISTORY TURNING POINT
Paul says, when the Jews opposed themselves and blasphemed when Paul said in the synogogue Jesus is The Christ, that "Your blood be upon your own heads, I am clean, from now on I will go to the Gentiles!"
NEW DYNAMIC of the GOSPEL
COMMUNION with JESUS leads to Communion with the SAINTS; Jesus begets Christians who share the overflow from a growing COMMUNION-CENTRIC lifestyle
In Communion under the Surfside Pier on Sunday Sharon shared after Mary Cantwell shared about her Communion moment with Jesus - that she just realized March 4th was an important day in the life of a homeless man she led to Jesus who became an upstanding believer and from that moment kept Marching Forth in His walk with the Lord, led by the Spirit! The Holy Spirit also reminded her that at Rob's first CommunionFire gathering, He saw Jesus coming with great white horses from the clouds. Now Rob is with Jesus and Sharon was there to witness that Rob had moved in with Jesus at the funeral the day before. She witnessed with joy that Rob could now pray for us and with us with all of heaven's hosts! "He is part of that great heavenly prayer meeting being led by Jesus!"
In the same way we continue to see St. Paul being constantly led by the Lord from one city to another and then somethin happens that would forever change the course of the Church. Jesus showed Paul there was a whole quarry apart from the Jewish believers who still went to Temple or the Synogogue or who had not yet believed. They were actually fighting against themselves as some blasphemed when Paul spoke of Jesus being The Promised Messiah (Yehoshua Mashiach). Their commentary on his preaching became so rash Paul shook his clothes before them as a sign of their blasphemy! He did not go as far as to tear His clothes, because he was no longer a Pharisee, but a Jesus follower. At that moment the course of the Gospel to the Jew first and also to the Gentile changed to a map of heaven that would lead Paul to the Gentiles from now on. This did not exclude the Jews or in any way exclude them, they were by choice of unbelief choosing to not beleive the Good News so that the Gentiles might be the ones whose eyes were open to the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Imagin that! Paul would speak to those who had no knowlege of Jesus, no Jewish point of reference outside the preaching and teaching of those harnessed to the Gospel plough. The personalitites became the Gospel. The gentiles or the "rest of the world outside Jusdaism) would read the lives of those who were Jesus followers and the Holy Spirit would confirm to them that it was Jesus Himself who was tranforming their lives. he secret weapon, the secret universe, the secret reality they lived in was the love, joy and peace Jesus gave to each one every day when they sat down and fed on The Bread of Jesus flesh and the wine of Jesus blood! "#BeBoldBelieve" heaen conveyed to Paul in a vision at this moment! Tell the world to #BeBoldBelieve!" 9 Then the Lord spoke to Paul in the night through a vision, saying, “Be not afraid, but speak and hold not thy peace!
10 For I am with thee, and no man shall set upon thee to hurt thee, for I have many people in this city.”
Who is speaking here? It is Jesus. It is the King speaking to Paul about His realm and the need He has for these living stones to continue to build His eternal Kingdom!
EIGHTEEN 21st Century King James Version
Jesus is turning the heart of Paul to the Gentiles after the Jews cursed His Polemic
KEY VERSES 4-5
KEY VERSES 9-10
KEY VERSE 26
The Ongoing Ministry of Jesus in around and through the Church
Yellow/gold = Seeing Jesus continued ministry
Teal/blue = Seeing the action of the Holy Spirit to reveal Jesus
Burgundy/red = Seeing the ongoing and evolving mission/witness of the Church to the Testimony of Jesus