- How did Paul prove his sincerity from the very beginning of his Christian life? Cf. 1 John 3:14; Acts 26:19, 20.
- Comparing verse 31 with 6:7, notice how the church had extended its boundaries.
Notice, also, the two marks of healthy spiritual life that are especially mentioned in verse 31. Are these marks, together with those seen in Paul’s life (Question 1), found in yours?
- Compare the Jewish opposition and the Christian fellowship that Paul experienced at Damascus (verses 22-25) and Jerusalem (verses 26-30).
Can becoming a Christian today still give a person new enemies and friends?
Note. The visit to Arabia of which Paul speaks in Gal.1:17 should probably be fitted in between verses 21 and 22 of the story in Acts 9.
Stephen’s speech seeks to show:
(a) That God’s presence with his people is not limited to a particular place or building (verses 2, 9, 10, 30-34, 38, 44-49); and
(b) That far from overthrowing Moses, Christ is the promised prophet like Moses of whom Moses himself spoke (verse 37).
- God intended Joseph (verses 9-16) and Moses (verses 20-43) to deliver his people from bondage. Notice:
(a) The places in which they lived,
(b) The work they had to do,
(c) The treatment they received from their brethren, and
(d) The results they achieved.
In what ways do they foreshadow the work of the Lord Jesus Christ?
- The tragedy of Israel’s spiritual blindness is described in verses 25 and 35-43.
(a) How did it manifest itself first in thought, will and desire (verse 39) (b) And finally in action (verses 40-43)?
(c) What was its penalty?
Does God still deal with his people like this?