The Process of God’s Completed Word (Part 2)

The Writing of Paul the Apostle (Evidence from the Book of Acts)

Having considered Israel’s writings in the “New Testament,” we will now look at the testimony regarding Paul’s writings.

Acts 13:49

And the Word of the Lord was published throughout all the region.

Here we see, under the ministry of Paul, the word “published” being used again. However, this is another Greek word!

Now before we go to the definition of this particular Greek word, let us look at the interesting definition of our English word by Noah Webster (American Dictionary of the English Language, 1828). He shows the root of the word “publish” to be “public (i.e., open to all), and then he defines it as, “to discover or make known to mankind or to a people in general what before was private or unknown.”

Does this not describe the distinct “mystery” ministry of Paul the Apostle?

If that was not enough, let’s look at Strong’s Greek Lexicon definition of diaphero (#1308): “to differ.” This same word is translated in the King James Version in I Corinthians 15:41 as “differ,” in Philippians 1:10 as “excellent,” in Matthew 6:26 as “better than,” in Mark 10:31 as “are of more value,” in Romans 2:18 “things that are more excellent.”

Paul’s ministry and message were different and superior to all other messages previously revealed in the Scriptures. This is what is called progressive revelation.

Acts 17:2-3, 11

… Paul … reasoned with them out of the Scriptures, opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ. … These [the Bereans] were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the Word with all readiness of mind, and searched the Scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

Notice carefully that the Bereans already had the “Gospel” records of Christ’s life to compare with the Old Testament prophecies contained in the Hebrew Scriptures.

Acts 19:20

So mightily grew the Word of God and prevailed (Acts 19:20).

Now we see that the Word of God grew again (auxano, Strong’s Greek Lexicon #837 – “to grow, i.e., enlarge”), and this time it grew mightily! It grew mightily because Paul has picked up the pen and has begun to write; now a different and excellent Word of God is going out! The capstone of divine revelation is being hoisted to the top!

Acts 20:32

… I commend you to God, and to the Word of His Grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified (Acts 20:32).

Paul left the Ephesian elders with God’s Scriptures! Not just Circumcision Scripture, but with “the Word of His Grace” – advanced Pauline writings!

Tomorrow we will take a look at this process directly from Paul’s epistles.

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
Bible Student’s Notebook
© 2004, 2009 Bible Student’s Press

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