(Acts 18) Jesus is the Christ

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"...For he vigorously refuted the Jews publicly, showing from the Scriptures that Jesus is the Christ." (Acts 18:28)

1 Personal Experience of Salvation

Jesus asked His disciples, as recorded in Matthew 16, "Who do men say that I am?" Then, He said to them "Who do you say that I am?" Peter answered "You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God." Acts 18 tells us how we can show people that Jesus is truly the Christ, the Son of the Living God.

The emphasis of Acts 18 is that Jesus is the Christ. How do we show people that Jesus truly is the Son of God and that we can have life in His name?

Paul told the Jews that Jesus was the One he had come to know while on the road to Damascus to put Christians in prison. He most likely told them how the very man who was trying to wipe out Christians became a Christian himself. How can you and I in our own lives show people that Jesus is the Lord? SHARE what Jesus has done for you, how He forgave your sins and is in control of your life.

2 Evidence of Jesus in Our Lives

In this chapter we meet Aquila and Pricilla. We see that they were refugees from their own country. They had to leave Rome when the Roman Emperor, Claudius, ordered all of the Jews out of Rome. What a terrible experience it is when people are forced to leave their homes, friends, country, and all that is familiar to them, to go to another place to live. Aquila and his wife had to do this. But, the very thing that caused so much heartache and disruption in their lives, God turned into a blessing in the life of Paul and others. By trade, they were tentmakers. They were joined in their work by Paul, who also had tent making as a trade. So, they shared accommodation with Paul and also worked with him. Probably from Paul they would have learned a lot about the Christian faith.

Many of the people in Corinth became Christians. When the very ruler of the synagogue became a Christian, the Jewish leaders were angry. The ruler of the synagogue had a very influential position. He presided at all assemblies, interpreted the law, decided concerning things lawful and unlawful, he set out punishments, could solemnize marriages, and issue divorces. This very leader now had accepted Jesus as the promised Messiah! No wonder the Jews were angry with Paul. They wanted to punish Paul, but being under Roman authority they had to go to Gallio the man in charge of that area. Gallio did not punish Paul but let him go.

Later, Paul went to Ephesus to tell the people about Jesus, and Aquila and Pricilla went with him. Instead of settling down in Corinth after being displaced from their home in Rome, they instead decided to go with Paul to help spread the message of salvation in Christ. That surely was evidence of the presence of the Lord in their lives. They were willing to give up their home and settled life to tell the message of the cross.

Paul was reassured earlier by the Lord in a vision (in verses 9-10) Do not be afraid, but speak, and do not keep silent; for I am with you, and no one will attack you to hurt you...

Is the Lord your personal Saviour? Is there evidence in your life that He is with you? For people to know that Jesus is the Christ of our lives, those are necessary "ingredients" of our lives.

3 Explain From God's Word

When Aquila and Pricilla heard Apollos speaking in the synagogue in Ephesus, they realised that he was a follower of the Lord Jesus, but had not heard anything more than the baptism of John the Baptist. He had heard the message of repentance from John but had not learned of all that Jesus had done after that. Instead of embarrassing Apollos publicly, it says in Acts 18:26 "They took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately."

Besides sharing with people our own experience of salvation and living for the Lord so that they see evidence in our own lives, we must learn from the Bible and share what it says with people. We want people to know about Jesus who can change their lives and give them reason for living. We want them to know Jesus like we do. But we cannot MAKE them change. But, we are told that the WORD OF GOD is "living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account." (Hebrews 4:12-13)

When Aquila and Pricilla shared with Apollos, instead of being offended because they corrected him, he went on to greatly help others to come to know Christ. At the end of chapter 18, it says that he "vigorously refuted the Jews publicly, showing from the Scriptures that Jesus is the Christ."

4 Jesus is the Christ

How do we know? By knowing Him as our own Lord and Saviour. Have you ever asked Him to forgive your sins, to clean up your life, and to come and take full control of you? Remember, Jesus is the only one who can control us without destroying us. He is the only one who can give us peace.

Is there evidence in your life that Jesus truly is in control? Is your life an example of Jesus to others? Or do you live one way on Sunday and another way during the week? God is not fooled. He knows the very thoughts of our minds. If you have asked the Lord to be your Saviour, you must continue to walk in the light as He is in the light. Are people attracted to Jesus because of how you live? Or, are they repelled?

Do you know from God's Word that Jesus is who He said he is? Do you allow God to speak to you through His Word? Do you share His Word with others. How? Learn verses that strengthen your life. Commit them to memory. Read regularly, asking God to help you understand. Read good Christian books that help you learn more about Jesus and more about how He works in the lives of others. Show others from the Bible that JESUS IS THE CHRIST.

It is only through knowing Jesus, walking with Him and sharing His Word with others that this world can know that JESUS IS THE CHRIST!

Let us read together again the words from John 20:31 that tell us why it is so important to believe God's Word: "These are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name."

Note:

Unless otherwise stated, all Bible quotations are from the New King James Version.

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