The Gospel

The Lord's Ministry During the Forty Days

It must have been thrilling for the disciples to speak with their resurrected master and to listen to His familiar voice, discussing the “things concerning the kingdom.” Apart from the incident recorded in the Gospels, the only fragment of teaching during the transitional period of Jesus’ forty days after His resurrection is found in Acts 1:1-8. The instructions recorded here are a greatly condensed summary of the principles given to the men to whom the Lord was entrusting the evangelization of the world and the establishment of His kingdom on earth. 

Jesus Sends Witnesses with the Holy Spirit

Philippians

This was the first epistle ever written to a Christian Church in Europe. Paul’s visit to Europe, not ostentatious in character, had tremendous repercussions throughout the whole continent. His going there was the result of what we now know as the “Macedonian Vision,” described for us in Acts 16:9. The context clearly shows that it was God’s will for the Gospel to enter into Europe.

Philippi was a Roman colony. It was named after Philip, father of Alexander the Great (see Acts 16). Very few Jews lived at Philippi, probably because it was a “military colony,” rather than a “mercantile city.” This would account for the fact that the opposition Paul and his companions received was from the Philippians themselves.

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