Dec 14c

CHRONOLOGICAL BIBLE

Paul’s journey to Rome, 60AD

Acts 28

1 ¶  And when they were escaped, then they knew that the island was called Melita.

2  And the barbarous people shewed us no little kindness: for they kindled a fire, and received us every one, because of the present rain, and because of the cold.

3  And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and laid them on the fire, there came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on his hand.

4  And when the barbarians saw the venomous beast hang on his hand, they said among themselves, No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffereth not to live.

5  And he shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no harm.

6  Howbeit they looked when he should have swollen, or fallen down dead suddenly: but after they had looked a great while, and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds, and said that he was a god.

7  In the same quarters were possessions of the chief man of the island, whose name was Publius; who received us, and lodged us three days courteously.

8  And it came to pass, that the father of Publius lay sick of a fever and of a bloody flux: to whom Paul entered in, and prayed, and laid his hands on him, and healed him.

9  So when this was done, others also, which had diseases in the island, came, and were healed:

10  Who also honoured us with many honours; and when we departed, they laded us with such things as were necessary.

11 ¶  And after three months we departed in a ship of Alexandria, which had wintered in the isle, whose sign was Castor and Pollux.

12  And landing at Syracuse, we tarried there three days.

13  And from thence we fetched a compass, and came to Rhegium: and after one day the south wind blew, and we came the next day to Puteoli:

14  Where we found brethren, and were desired to tarry with them seven days: and so we went toward Rome.

15  And from thence, when the brethren heard of us, they came to meet us as far as Appii forum, and The three taverns: whom when Paul saw, he thanked God, and took courage.

Paul arrives in Rome, 61AD

Acts 28

16  And when we came to Rome, the centurion delivered the prisoners to the captain of the guard: but Paul was suffered to dwell by himself with a soldier that kept him.

Paul’s 1st imprisonment, 61-63AD

While in prison Paul writes the epistle of Philemon, 61AD

Philemon 1

1 ¶  Paul, a prisoner of Jesus Christ, and Timothy our brother, unto Philemon our dearly beloved, and fellowlabourer,

2  And to our beloved Apphia, and Archippus our fellowsoldier, and to the church in thy house:

3  Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

4  I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers,

5  Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints;

6  That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.

7  For we have great joy and consolation in thy love, because the bowels of the saints are refreshed by thee, brother.

8 ¶  Wherefore, though I might be much bold in Christ to enjoin thee that which is convenient,

9  Yet for love’s sake I rather beseech thee, being such an one as Paul the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ.

10  I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds:

11  Which in time past was to thee unprofitable, but now profitable to thee and to me:

12  Whom I have sent again: thou therefore receive him, that is, mine own bowels:

13  Whom I would have retained with me, that in thy stead he might have ministered unto me in the bonds of the gospel:

14  But without thy mind would I do nothing; that thy benefit should not be as it were of necessity, but willingly.

15  For perhaps he therefore departed for a season, that thou shouldest receive him for ever;

16  Not now as a servant, but above a servant, a brother beloved, specially to me, but how much more unto thee, both in the flesh, and in the Lord?

17  If thou count me therefore a partner, receive him as myself.

18  If he hath wronged thee, or oweth thee ought, put that on mine account;

19  I Paul have written it with mine own hand, I will repay it: albeit I do not say to thee how thou owest unto me even thine own self besides.

20  Yea, brother, let me have joy of thee in the Lord: refresh my bowels in the Lord.

21  Having confidence in thy obedience I wrote unto thee, knowing that thou wilt also do more than I say.

22  But withal prepare me also a lodging: for I trust that through your prayers I shall be given unto you.

23  There salute thee Epaphras, my fellowprisoner in Christ Jesus;

24  Marcus, Aristarchus, Demas, Lucas, my fellowlabourers.

25  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

Paul writes the epistle of Colossians from prison, 61AD

The absolute completeness of Christ

Colossians 1

1 ¶  Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timotheus our brother,

2  To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

3 ¶  We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,

4  Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints,

5  For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;

6  Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth:

7  As ye also learned of Epaphras our dear fellowservant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ;

8  Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit.

9 ¶  For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

10  That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;

11  Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;

12 ¶  Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:

13  Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:

14  In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

15  Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

16  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

17  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

18  And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

19  For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;

20  And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.

21  And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled

22  In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:

23  If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;

24  Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church:

25  Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God;

26  Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:

27  To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

28  Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:

29  Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.

Colossians 2

1 ¶  For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh;

2  That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;

3  In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

Watch out for those who would like to beguile you

Colossians 2

4 ¶  And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words.

5  For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ.

6  As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:

7  Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.

8  Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

9  For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

10  And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

11  In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:

12  Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.

13 ¶  And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;

14  Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;

15  And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

16 ¶  Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:

17  Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.

18  Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,

19  And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.

20  Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,

21  (Touch not; taste not; handle not;

22  Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?

23  Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.

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