Concordia Theological Monthly

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book of acts, Word of the Lord grew, new testament, israel

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


The Word of the Lord grew" -three times in the Book of Acts Luke uses this sentence to sum up a period of the history of the first church (Acts 6:7; 12:24; 19:20). These words are a telling expression of the Biblical conception of the divine Word. Our Lord Himself compared the Word to a seed that is sown and sprouts and grows: 'The seed is the Word of God" (Luke 8:11). The Word of the Lord is a power and is active; it "prevails mightily," as Luke puts it in one of the passages just referred to (Acts 19:20). Paul speaks of the Gospel as "bearing fruit and growing" (Col.1:6), and Peter speaks of the "living and abiding Word of God" as an "imperishable seed." (1 Peter 1 :23)


History of Christianity

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Acts 6:7; Acts 12:24; Acts 19:20; Luke 8:11; 1 Peter 1:23; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Thessalonians 3:1; John 5:17; Acts 2:32, 33, 36; Luke 23:34, 36; Acts 7:59-60; Acts 5:31; Acts 1:11; Acts 1:9; Acts 1:2; Acts 2:11; Acts 10:36; Psalm 107:17-22;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars