“But some of them became obstinate; they refused to believe and publicly maligned the Way. So Paul left them. He took the disciples with him and had discussions daily in the lecture hall of Tyrannus.
When the leaders in the Ephesian synagogue maligned Paul’s message, he took the disciples and held daily discussion in the lecture hall of Tyrannus. Two years of extraordinary miracles followed, which leaves us with a question of epic proportions. Why didn’t the miracles begin while they were in the synagogue?
I believe the answer is found in 2 Corinthians 6:14, “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?” While many use this scripture to prove we should not marry or enter into business with an an unbeliever its message includes the unbelievers in the church, especially the ones who leads us.
Paul told the saints at Corinthian not to keep company with sexually immoral people. The saints took his message to the extreme, so he clarified what he meant. He never meant for the saints to separate themselves from the people of this world who are immoral. We must not “keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner – not even to eat with such a person” 1 Corinthians 5:11, NKJV.
When we refused to be unequally yoked with leaders in the church who claim to be a brother in Christ yet their lives are filthy with sin, we will see miracles. God’s promises guarantee it.
“…As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.” “Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.” “I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” 2 Corinthians 6:16-18
Miracles are the children’s bread. When Paul took his disciples and separated from the unbelievers in the church God, according to his promises, received them as his children and extraordinary miracles began.
We don’t have proof that the leaders of the synagogue were sexually immoral, worshiped idols, drunkards or thieves, but we do have proof they were covetous revilers. Their lust for more became their undoing and excluded them from the revival.
LOG ON NEXT WEEK FOR PART 7: TOLERATING COVETOUS REVILERS