Acts 18

Acts 18:3

and because he was of the same trade, he stayed with them and they were working, for by trade they were tent-makers.

Tent-makers. Paul was a tent-maker by trade. On at least three occasions (here in Corinth, in Ephesus (Acts 20:34), and in Thessalonica (2 Th. 3:8)) Paul made tents to support himself. However, he was not called to be a tent-maker but a preacher of the gospel (Rom. 15:20, 1 Cor. 9:16). When Silas and Timothy arrived, he was able to devote himself full-time to the preaching of the gospel (see verse 5).

Acts 18:5

But when Silas and Timothy came down from Macedonia, Paul began devoting himself completely to the word, solemnly testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Christ.

Devoting himself completely. Paul stopped making tents (see verse 3) and began preaching full-time. He was able to do this because of the support he received from Silas and Timothy. Either they brought money with them or they worked so that Paul could preach.

Acts 18:11

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.

Acts 18:13

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.

Acts 18:15

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.

Acts 18:27

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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