People are going to misrepresent you

Acts Bible Background

New Testament: Acts 18.12–13

To read the Bible in a year, read Acts 18 on July 14, In the year of our Lord Christ 2020

By Don Ruhl

The Jews may have thought that they found a sympathetic proconsul when Gallio held that position in the area of Corinth:

When Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews with one accord rose up against Paul and brought him to the judgment seat, saying, “This fellow persuades men to worship God contrary to the law.”

– Acts 18.12–13

However, Paul did not persuade men to worship God contrary to the law, but he taught the truth, and they did not like it. He taught that Jesus of Nazareth is the fulfillment of the Law, the Psalms, and the Prophets, but they were not expecting a man like Jesus. Therefore, they rejected him and preachers like Paul who preached Jesus.

Their only recourse was to misrepresent Paul. If you engage in doing what is right and speaking what is right, it will happen to you. Be prepared for it and do not be surprised by it.

Questions:

  • Where was Achaia?
  • What was a proconsul?

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