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30 Then Paul dwelt two whole years in his own rented house, and received all who came to him, 31 preaching the kingdom of God and teaching the things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ with all confidence, no one forbidding him. 

 

The last two verses of Acts recount how Paul continued to preach about Jesus for two years in his house while imprisoned. 

28:30 

Then Paul dwelt two whole years in his own rented house, and received all who came to him, 

Paul lived in his rented house for two years (around AD 60-62). During those years, the apostle accepted anyone who wanted to talk to him about Jesus.  

During his house arrest for two years, Paul wrote Ephesians, Colossians, Philemon, and Philippians. We call those books the “prison epistles.”  

28:31 

preaching the kingdom of God and teaching the things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ with all confidence, no one forbidding him. 

Paul preached the kingdom of God to anyone who visited the apostle in his house. He conveyed the message about Christ with confidence. No one kept him from preaching during this period.  

Paul was eventually released from prison and ministered for a few more years. During this period, he wrote 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus, which we call the “pastoral epistles”; that is, epistles primarily written for pastors.  

He was martyred in Rome around AD 66 under Nero.  

PRINCIPLE: 

The book of Acts is about spreading the message of Christ and His kingdom.  

APPLICATION: 

The book of Acts began with Jesus and the kingdom (Acts 1:3). Acts concludes with the same note. Christ and His ministry are central to Christianity. Finally, Paul reached Rome, the heart of Gentile thinking, with the gospel of Jesus and His kingdom. The imperial city of Rome was where reaching Gentiles could spread to the then-known world.  

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