Paul’s journey from Paphos to Antioch involved an ascent of 3600 ft from the sea coast to a high plateau which was a flourishing region of Graeco-Roman civilization. This probably accounts for the return of John Mark, who was thus faced with more than he expected when he set out. Note also the presence in the synagogue at Antioch of two classes – Jews and God-fearing Gentiles (verses 16 and 26).
- In the first part of his address (verses 16-25), how does Paul show that the coming of Jesus was the culminating point in God’s activity in the history recorded in the Old Testament?
- When speaking of the resurrection (verses 30-39), what does Paul say about:
(a) The reasons for,
(b) the Old Testament prophecies about and
(c) the result of, Jesus resurrection?
Of what particular blessing is it a God-given pledge?
Cf. Rom. 4:25.
Note. Verse 39. Paul here sets by side two contracting methods of justification: the one, by the works of the law, failing to achieve the end desired; the other, through faith in Jesus, bringing the person into the immediate blessing of full justification. Cf. Phi. 3:6-9.