Thursday, June 1, 2023
“And Paul chose Silas, and departed, being recommended by the brethren unto the grace of God. And he went through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the churches” (Acts 15:40,41 KJV).
Dear saints and readers, “333 Words of Grace” is 12 years old today!
For nearly 4,400 consecutive days now, we have gathered here around the Word of God rightly divided for the purpose of studying and better understanding our Creator’s will and our role in it. Some of us have graduated to Heaven, others have departed into apostasy, but we remain to mark this special ministry milestone. For 12 years now, the Message of God’s Grace has gone throughout the world via these devotionals, bearing fruit we will one day see when we assemble with those saints at our gathering together unto Christ.
As his second apostolic—not missionary, but apostolic (!)—journey gets underway, Paul takes along the Prophet Silas (see verse 32). They minister in Syria and Cilicia, including southern present Turkey, and today’s Scripture says Paul is “confirming the churches.” He is revisiting the believers he had converted years earlier in chapter 9, verse 30 (see Galatians 1:21). “Confirming” is “strengthening,” for in Acts 18:23 it is the same Greek word: “And after he had spent some time there, he departed, and went over all the country of Galatia and Phrygia in order, strengthening all the disciples.” This starts Paul’s third apostolic (not missionary, but apostolic!) journey.
We do not endeavor to please men, or build our faith on their backs, so our eyes should be fixed solely on the Lord Jesus Christ, who loved us and gave Himself for us on Calvary’s cruel cross. Yet, why did God save us from Hell, sin, death, and the Lake of Fire? What does He have in store for us? Our goal is to fine-tune what sound Bible doctrine we know, and, whether we are crawling in grace, hobbling in grace, or walking steadfastly in grace, we must keep moving along and growing by God’s grace. How many have just given up, for the evil world system has lured them away and they care not to come back to the faith! Our studies are designed to “strengthen” us, “confirm” us, make us firmer or stronger in grace principles, Romans through Philemon. Perhaps the Lord will give us another 12 years to do it!
Please remember all our devotionals are archived and linked here: 333wordsofgrace.org/master-list-of-devotionals-chronological/.