And he settled there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.
The word of God is the good news of Jesus. See entry for Word of God.
saying, “This man persuades men to worship God contrary to the law.”
The Law refers to the Law of Moses, the commandments, ordinances, punishments, and ceremonial observances given to the nation of Israel through Moses (Jos. 8:31, John 1:17). This law is sometimes referred to as the law of commandments (Eph. 2:15) or the law of the Jews (Acts 25:8). See entry for The Law.
but if there are questions about words and names and your own law, look after it yourselves; I am unwilling to be a judge of these matters.”
No doubt Gallio had heard about the troubles caused the last time a Roman governor got entangled in a trial with an innocent man accused by the Sanhedrin. Unlike Pilate, Gallio had no intention of allowing himself to be manipulated by the chief priests.
And when he wanted to go across to Achaia, the brethren encouraged him and wrote to the disciples to welcome him; and when he had arrived, he greatly helped those who had believed through grace,
Believed through grace. The grace of God is received by faith (Eph. 2:8). It is not earned through labor or law-keeping.
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