Perseverance with Purpose
Dr. Sir Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
Today’s Word from the Lord: 6th Sunday of Easter
16 Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him as he saw that the city was full of idols. 17 So he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and the devout persons, and in the marketplace every day with those who happened to be there. 18 Some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers also conversed with him. And some said, “What does this babbler wish to say?” Others said, “He seems to be a preacher of foreign divinities”—because he was preaching Jesus and the resurrection.
become irritated, angry
If we are zealous for what is right, that is, do not repay evil with evil but are sincere and friendly, etc., then no one could harm us. For even if we are deprived of honor, life, and goods, yet we are unharmed, since we have a possession that cannot be compared to what can be taken away from us. But those who persecute us have nothing but their possessions on earth. Afterwards they have eternal damnation. We, on the other hand, have an eternal, imperishable possession, even if we lose a small temporal possession.
This is a strange text and certainly a more obscure passage than any other passage in the New Testament. I still do not know for sure what the apostle means.
■ noun a person or thing that represents the opposite of another
As used of correspondences between the testaments, the New Testament event, person, or entity paralleled and pictured by an Old Testament feature;
For Christ also had to ascend into heaven and become Lord over all creatures and wherever there is power, in order that He might also lead us to heaven and make us lords. Now this is said for our comfort, in order that we may know that all power in heaven and on earth, even death and the devil, must serve and aid us, just as everything must serve the Lord Christ and lie at His feet. This is the third chapter. The fourth follows.