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Alone as far as the presence of any of his associates or helpers was concerned, for there had been certain men who had believed through his message on Mars Hill and had clung to him (Acts 17:34). 5 Acts 17:15 is no contradiction. Ver. 16 explains. It was after Paul's discourse at Mars Hill that Timothy was evidently reunited with him again and then sent back to the Thessalonians. 35 All may not suffer physical persecution, for Satan uses various means to discourage us. Sometimes it is indeed physical in nature, but often also that icy stare, that cold shoulder, the silent boycott, ridicule, gossip, etc.
9 We use the terms Old and New Testament in their generally accepted sense, although strictly speaking the Old Testament, or Covenant, was instituted at Sinai and the New was made at Calvary. " Now it is true that this is the organic meaning of the word, but in actual usage its meaning is significantly expanded. In Gen. 2:3; Ex. 3:5; Matt. 6:9 and II Cor. " Thus Jerusalem is called "the holy city" (Matt. 4:5), the "sanctuary" of the tabernacle, "the holiest of all" (Heb. 9:3,8); the Bible is called "the holy Scriptures" (Rom.
44), but as Elymas had sought to "turn away the deputy from the faith" at Paphos, so now at Antioch the Jews, "filled with envy . spake against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming" (Ver. 45). DIVINE JUDGMENT UPON THE PERSECUTORS Thus, like Elymas, or Bar-jesus, Israel, the supposed Son of JehovahSavior, and God's appointed prophet to the Gentiles, is found instead to be a false prophet, a "child of the devil," opposing the truth of God, and is given up to judgment, while the Gentiles rejoice in the truth.