I will speak of Your decrees before kings and not be ashamed.
"Therefore, everyone who will acknowledge Me before men, I will also acknowledge him before My Father in heaven.
and requested letters from him to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any who belonged to the Way, either men or women, he might bring them as prisoners to Jerusalem.
But when some became hardened and would not believe, slandering the Way in front of the crowd, he withdrew from them and met separately with the disciples, conducting discussions every day in the lecture hall of Tyrannus.
During that time there was a major disturbance about the Way.
Those who swear by the guilt of Samaria and say, "As your god lives, Dan," or "As the wayof Beer-sheba lives"-- they will fall, never to rise again.
Many will follow their unrestrained ways, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed.
For we have found this man to be a plague, an agitator among all the Jews throughout the Roman world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes!
There must, indeed, be factions among you, so that the approved among you may be recognized.
idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambitions, dissensions, factions,
Reject a divisive person after a first and second warning,
But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, and will bring swift destruction on themselves.
and many nations will come and say, "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us about His ways so we may walk in His paths." For instruction will go out of Zion and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified His Servant Jesus, whom you handed over and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release Him.
The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you had murdered by hanging Him on a tree.
I am the God of your forefathers-- the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob. So Moses began to tremble and did not dare to look.
Then he said, 'The God of our fathers has appointed you to know His will, to see the Righteous One, and to hear the sound of His voice.
God also said to Moses, "Say this to the Israelites: Yahweh, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is My name forever; this is how I am to be remembered in every generation.
LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, our ancestors, keep this desire forever in the thoughts of the hearts of Your people, and confirm their hearts toward You.
I thank God, whom I serve with a clear conscience as my forefathers did, when I constantly remember you in my prayers night and day.
Moses said: The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from among your brothers. You must listen to Him in everything He will say to you.
And it will be that everyone who will not listen to that Prophet will be completely cut off from the people.
"In addition, all the prophets who have spoken, from Samuel and those after him, have also announced these days.
All the prophets testify about Him that through His name everyone who believes in Him will receive forgiveness of sins."
Since I have obtained help that comes from God, to this day I stand and testify to both small and great, saying nothing else than what the prophets and Moses said would take place--
King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know you believe."
After arranging a day with him, many came to him at his lodging. From dawn to dusk he expounded and witnessed about the kingdom of God. He persuaded them concerning Jesus from both the Law of Moses and the Prophets.
just as He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets in ancient times;
Then beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He interpreted for them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.
Then He told them, "These are My words that I spoke to you while I was still with you-- that everything written about Me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms must be fulfilled."
You pore over the Scriptures because you think you have eternal life in them, yet they testify about Me.
And you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.
"I do not accept glory from men,
but I know you-- that you have no love for God within you.
I have come in My Father's name, yet you don't accept Me. If someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him.
How can you believe? While accepting glory from one another, you don't seek the glory that comes from the only God.
Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father. Your accuser is Moses, on whom you have set your hope.
For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me, because he wrote about Me.
But if you don't believe his writings, how will you believe My words?"
They inquired into what time or what circumstances the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating when He testified in advance to the messianic sufferings and the glories that would follow.
Then I fell at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, "Don't do that! I am a fellow slave with you and your brothers who have the testimony about Jesus. Worship God, because the testimony about Jesus is the spirit of prophecy."
in the law
After the reading of the Law and the Prophets, the leaders of the synagogue sent [word] to them, saying, "Brothers, if you have any message of encouragement for the people, you can speak."
Therefore, whatever you want others to do for you, do also the same for them-- this is the Law and the Prophets.
All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commandments."
"The Law and the Prophets were until John; since then, the good news of the kingdom of God has been proclaimed, and everyone is strongly urged to enter it.
"But Abraham said, 'They have Moses and the prophets; they should listen to them.'
Philip found Nathanael and told him, "We have found the One Moses wrote about in the law (and so did the prophets): Jesus the son of Joseph, from Nazareth!"
But now, apart from the law, God's righteousness has been revealed-- attested by the Law and the Prophets