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The intimate association of Paul's epistles
with the Acts of the Apostles.
A preliminary study to the second section of the Acts.
pp. 64 - 69
The opening verse of the Acts, suggests that in that narrative intends to give a record
of the things "that Jesus" continued "to do and teach" after His ascension. While Peter
and Paul, Barnabas and Philip may be the active agents, they are but agents, the true
Actor and Teacher throughout the record being Christ Himself.
We must remember that the record called "The Acts of the Apostles", did not exist as
we have it until the items recorded were past history. If the fact that Paul founded the
churches of Galatia is a part of the acts of the apostles, does it not follow that the epistle
to the Galatians is an integral part of the acts? True, Luke does not mention the epistles,
but he had no need to, for they were contemporaneous with and supplementary to the
history he wrote. Seeing that Paul's visit to Thessalonica is recorded in Acts 17: and
his visit to Corinth in Acts 18:, it is not gain but loss to segregate the epistles to the
Thessalonians or the Corinthians, and not allow them full place in the Acts. To assert
that Paul in one set of his acts could teach one thing, and in the epistles written during the
same period and to the same churches, another, is manifestly inaccurate, and therefore
unacceptable to lovers of Truth. For us there is but one deciding voice in all these
matters, and that is the actual testimony of the Scriptures themselves. Accordingly we set
out below references to the Acts made by the apostle in his epistles, and by their
testimony we shall abide.
When the time comes for examination of the chronology of the epistles written during
the Acts, we shall put forward evidence that goes to show that Galatians was written first.
As however that evidence has yet to be adduced, we will follow the order of the epistles
in the A.V. and commence with Romans, though every student knows it was written last
of this series of epistles.
Romans and The Acts.
EPISTLE.--"Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the
gospel of God" (Rom. 1: 1).
ACTS.--"Separate Me Barnabas and Saul" (Acts 13: 2).
EPISTLE.--"Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes I purposed to
come unto you (but have been let hitherto), that I might have some fruit among
you also, even as among other Gentiles" (Rom. 1: 13).
"But now having no more place in these parts, and having a great desire these
many years to come unto you; whensoever I take my journey unto Spain, I will
come to you . . . . . When therefore I have performed this, and have sealed to
them this fruit, I will come by you unto Spain" (Rom. 15: 23, 24, 28).