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THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES,
QUESTION AND ANSWER.
DESIGNED FOR THE USE OF BIBLE CLASSES.
BY MRS. HENDERSON.
IN TWO VOLUMES.
ACTS OF THE APOSTLES.
What are the contents of this Chapter ?
1. SOME OF PAUL'S JOURNEYINGS. 2. THE CONVERSION OF LYDIA. 3. A SPIRIT OF DIVINATION CAST OUT. 4. THE IMPRISONMENT OF PAUL AND SILAS; AND
THE CONVERSION OF THE JAILER..
1. What places did Paul first revisit? " Derbe and
Lystra.” What were Derbe and Lystra ? (See Quest. Acts xiv. 6.) Who is mentioned in connexion with Derbe and Lystra ?
16 A certain disciple was there, named Timotheus." By what other name is he known ? He is also called Timothy.* Was he a “disciple" of some philosopher or learned man? No; he was a disciple of Christ. What means had this youth of knowing any thing of Christ? He had been converted through the ministry of Paul.*
Whose son was
* 1 Tim. i. 2. VOL. II.
“ The son of a certain woman who was a Jewess, and believed.” What circumstance does that account for? His early knowledge of the Jewish Scriptures, which he had been taught by his pious mother.* What was the name of this good woman? Eunice.f Had Timotheus any godly relative besides his mother? Yes; his grandmother. What was her name? Lois.t What is said respecting the father of Timotheus ? " But his father was a Greek.” What is meant by “a Greek ”? A Gentile. Was he a believing Gentile? It is probable he was not. Is the marriage of a believer with an unbeliever permitted by the law of Christ? No; it is strictly forbidden. I How then came Eunice to be married to an unbeliever? She must have been married before she became acquainted with the
Gospel. 2. What account have we here of young Timothy ?
“He was well reported of by the brethren that were at Lystra and Iconium.” Who are meant by “the brethren”? The disciples of Christ. What did they report so well of Timothy? His great knowledge of religion, and his ardent zeal
in making it known to others. 3. What desire did this report of Timothy produce
in the mind of the Apostle ? “ Him would Paul have to go forth with him.” For what purpose did he wish to take this youth with him? That,
* 2 Tim. iii. 15.
1 2 Cor. vi. 14. xy. 21.
+ 2 Tim. i. 5. For further questions on Marriage, see Matt.
as a son with the father, he might serve with him in the Gospel.* What did the Apostle then do in reference to Timothy? He “took and circumcised him." Why did Paul do this?
“ Because of the Jews which were in those quarters.” Of what did Paul wish to convince the Jews, by so doing? That young Timothy was not only a Jew, by the mother's side, but that he was believer in the promises of God to his ancient people. Was there any reason for them to look upon Timothy with suspicion and prejudice ? Yes; “for they knew all that his father was a Greek.” Aud how were the Greeks, or Gentiles, regarded by the Jews ? As unclean persons, with whom they should have nothing to do. Would the fact of Timothy's being circumcised remove that objection to bim? Entirely. In what cases did the Apostle Paul oppose circumcision? When it was
insisted upon as necessary to salvation. 4. Who now proceeded on their journey? Paul, and Silas, and Timotheus.
Where did they pass ? “ Through the cities.” Through what cities ? Those cities in Asia Minor where they had before preached the word of the Lord.
What did they do, as they went through the cities?
They delivered them the decrees for to keep.” What are decrees? Matters appointed, and having the force of laws. What decrees were these? The
“that were ordained of the Apostles and elders who were at Jerusalem." Where have
* Phil ii. 22.