Beginning with verse 16 through verse 41 Paul reminds us of threeimportant truths, closing with a solemn warning.
I. THE GOODNESS OF GOD TO THE JEW: Verse 17 "The God of this people of Israel chose our fathers, and exalted the people when they dwelt as strangers in the land of Egypt, and with an high arm brought he them out of it."
a. Paul begins with the historical account of the Jew and how that God raised up men to be Israel's deliverer.
b. This history of the nation of Israel may not mean much to the average person today, but from the standpoint of God's Eternal Plan for mankind the nation of Israel plays an important role.
c. The greatest story ever told includes the history of Israel and the goodness of God to the Jew.
II. THE GOSPEL OF GOD TO EVERYONE: Verse 28-30 "And though they found no cause of death in him, yet desired they Pilate that he should be slain. And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a sepulchre, but God raised him from the dead."
a. This is the Gospel, that Christ died, was buried and the third day He rose again.
b. Thank God for these "glad tidings."
c. The greatest story ever told includes the death, burial and resurrection, the gospel of God to everyone.
III. THE GRACE OF GOD TO THE BELIEVER: Verses 38-39 "Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses."The
a. What a message from the lips of the Apostle Paul.
b. All we have to do as a sinner is just come like we are and let the Grace of God take over.
c. We want to, as the Apostle Paul, to preach Jesus to you that you may know "through this man is the forgiveness of sin."
Sermon from Pastor Zeno Groce