Read 347.) Acts chapters 27 and 28. These would seem to be the years AD 60 thru 63, beginning in the fall of 60, 27:9. The last 2 chapters of the Book of Acts contain much to consider. First, they relate a lot of drama as it had to do with Paul’s voyage to Rome, while under arrest; there to be tried before Caesar. Second, and of greater interest to us, are those accounts that confirm for us both Paul’s apostleship, and his message.
Since there is a prolific use of ‘we’ in the closing account, Luke, the physician was a traveling companion of Paul’s on this dangerous journey. While en route, and having been taken captive by a massive “Nor’easter,” Paul is given a message from God, addressed to him by an angel. By means of this message, Paul is able to prophesy unto the centurion in charge, and the crew, of the loss of their ship and cargo, but the salvation of their lives from a watery grave, 27:23-26. Things happened just as Paul had been given to tell them, and they shipwreck on the Island of Malta. No sooner had they been saved from the sea, and while Paul is gathering brush for a warming fire, a viper attached itself to Paul’s hand. Without any concern, Paul shakes the viper off into the fire, and is kept unharmed from its bite. This was in keeping with that divine protection Jesus closed Mark’s Gospel with, to His Apostles, in Mark 16:17-20. After this, a third confirming report is told of how that Paul was divinely used to affect the physical healing, by prayer and the laying on of his hands, of all the islanders who were sick there. This was all in keeping with that which the writer to the Hebrews had related in chapter 2, verses 3 and 4, of that book. Paul was attested to as being a true Apostle of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ. It has been an entire generation since Jesus rose from the dead, and the Apostle’s message was still being miraculously affirmed by God.
The point of the entire book, however, is the message of the Gospel of God’s Grace, and how that God would bring individual persons into His Kingdom and salvation, v.23,28+31, if they would believe on the Savior, Jesus Christ, v.23+31, and repent, v.27. Jesus is the sinless and divine Savior, sent from God. He alone makes it possible for anyone to enter into the Kingdom of God. It is by God’s free grace that you may be saved, and live forever in the presence of the One, True and Living God. Repent and believe the Good News! It’s what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell