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Acts 18: When they (those in the synagogue) viciously slandered him and hurled abuse on him, he symbolically shook the dust off his clothes in protest against them. He said to them, “Have it your way then! I am guiltless as to your fate, for the blood-guilt of your actions will be on your own heads, and from now on I will preach to the non-Jews.”

Leaving the synagogue, Paul went to the home of Titus, a convert to Judaism, for he and his family attended the Jewish meetings and they had all become believers in Jesus. Crispus, the leader of the synagogue, believed in the Lord, together with his entire family, and many of the Corinthians who heard what had happened believed in the Lord and were baptized.[1]

There was some success in the synagogue, the leader Crispus, does become a believer. But there is so much opposition that Paul leaves. He has done as much as he could there. He has proclaimed the Word but though he wanted them to believe, he couldn’t make them. It is the same with us today. We can only tell others about Jesus; we can’t make them believe. The Holy Spirit may be moving, but God has structured this world so that we can refuse to follow Him.

The Jews had their own religious kingdom and Jesus wasn’t what they expected in a Messiah. They were sincere but blinded to the truth and became malicious. The same type of thing still happens today. Even as a baby, it was predicted that many would oppose Jesus. Luke 2: 34 Then Simeon blessed them, and he said to Mary, the baby’s mother, “This child is destined to cause many in Israel to fall, and many others to rise. He has been sent as a sign from God, but many will oppose him.[2]

Don’t be surprised when people oppose the Gospel. It may not be what they want to believe, and they may not want to set aside their desires for God’s desire for them. Do what Paul did, plant a seed but them move onto those who are more open. To hear more about Paul in Corinth, listen here:

[1] The Passion Translation®. Copyright © 2017 by BroadStreet Publishing® Group,

[2] Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation, Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. 

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