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Turning The World Upside Down
by Wayne Blank
"These that have turned the world upside down"
Although they viewed Paul and the others who preached the Gospel of the Kingdom of God as "these that have turned the world upside down" (see below), what God's servants were really doing was putting the world right. What happened in Thessalonica was typical of how they split a city into believers and non-believers, a nightmare for the "politicians."
"Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the Jews: And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three Sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures [i.e. Christians taught from the "Old" Testament which is all that existed then; see also Which Bible Did Jesus Use?], Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ. And some of them believed, and consorted with Paul and Silas; and of the devout Greeks a great multitude, and of the chief women not a few."
It happened again in Berea, and over and over again wherever they went.
"And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few."
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