Apr 21

Your Sons And Daughters Will Proclaim My Message! (Act 2:17) GNB

In Acts, versus 16, 17, 18, Paul writes, “Instead, this is what the prophet Joel spoke about: This is what I will do in the last days, God says: I will pour out My Spirit on everyone. Your sons and daughters will proclaim My message; your young men will see visions, and your old men will have dreams. Yes, even on My servants, both men and women, I will pour out My Spirit in those days and they will proclaim My message.

Some people think Paul contradicts himself because in 1 Corinthians 14:34, he writes that women should keep quiet in the churches and ask their husbands questions at home if they have any. And again in 1 Timothy 2:11, Paul writes, “Women should learn in silence and all humility. Verse 12 I do not allow them to teach or to have authority over men; they must keep quiet.” It sure looks like a contradiction. But God’s word never contradicts itself. When it seems to, we need to look into it to see who it was written to and why.

In 1 Corinthians Paul is writing to Timothy about the conditions at the church in Corinth. There was confusion and chaos in the assemblies there. People were speaking in tongues without waiting for interpretation and women who were uneducated, (only the men at that time had this privilege) were asking ignorant questions out of turn. This had to be addressed specifically in Corinth! The message in 1 Timothy 2 was also specific to the church in Ephesus. There the women were used to being in authority over the men. Many of them were ex-priestesses for the goddess Diana. They wanted to run their assemblies. That’s why we also read in Ephesians 5:22, 23 and 24, “Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands as to the Lord. For a husband has authority over his wife just as Christ has authority over the church; and Christ is Himself the Savior of the church, His body. And so wives must submit themselves completely to their husbands just as the church submits itself to Christ.”

We see that taken in its entirety, and in the proper context,
God’s word never contradicts itself!

This is such good news to me, as it also confirms that God still speaks to His people. Yes, we must always study to see that no message is contrary to the Word of God. That is why He blesses us with His Spirit and discernment. For this I am very thankful!

God clearly told me to write my story. I would have never undertaken such a task on my own! He unquestionably told me He was in me when my abuse was happening, experiencing it with me. I have many other instances where His loving Spirit prompted me to do things that otherwise would never have occurred to me to do!


That’s it for today. I’ve been encouraged by studying this. It’s my prayer that you have been by reading it, love you,

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