Surprised! Objections Very surprised to see this view. Only very few, relatively modern commentators, since the late 18th century, have given this view. Objections: 1) Peter acted per Jesus command, "feed my sheep", not "impulsively". 2) The scipture demonstrates the Holy Spirit's leading through the apostles in this meeting. 3) Casting lots was God's means prior to Pentecost (shortly to come) for God-led decisions. 4) The qualifications of apostles as eye-witnesses of Jesus entire ministry, from baptism to resurrection, are given here, Mathias qualified candidate. 5) Paul calls himself "apostle to the Gentiles", not primarily to Israel which 12 signifies. Paul being called and sent to Gentiles, yet formerly a Jew, as a "light to the nations" per prophecy. 6) Was Peter a false teacher as an apostle? No, but an inspired prophet too!
Great Sermon! Thank You...I needed this. I am dealing with a family member who is a homosexual. She openly serves in her church, a church full of homosexuals. When the topic of sin comes up, she thinks that people are discriminating against her choice of sexuality. I am praying for her....
God defines sin. The sin of man cannot defined by philosophy, by culture, not by conscience, but by the Law of God. God must speak about our condition, define it! He defines our sin and our condition before Him.
Significance. I understood from this message that in ourselves we have no significance to give to our lives, but the significance of our lives is given by Christ. We are not our own, we were bought with a price. He is giving significance to our lives.
Providence and patience. Thank you! I really needed this message! In the last 2 days I passed through a fiery furnace. I had no problems with God's sovereignty, but I asked myself if God really cares for me now. This message reassured me about His Fatherly care and wisdom and spoke to me about the need to trust in Him and to have patience under tribulations.
Great comfort. God is our Father only in Jesus Christ. Without the salvation work of Christ, we had no access, no right to come to God. We were enemies. And now God is our protective Father, working in us likeness to Christ, making us better servants in His Kingdom, to glorify Him better in our lives.