Acts 27:21-44 (web)
A Prophetic Shipwreck - Part II
and said, "Sirs, you should have listened to me,
and not have set sail from Crete, and have gotten this injury and loss.
27:22 Now I exhort you to cheer up,
for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship.
27:23 For there stood by me this night an angel,
belonging to the God whose I am and whom I serve,
27:24 saying, 'Don't be afraid, Paul. You must stand before Caesar.
Behold, God has granted you all those who sail with you.'
27:25 Therefore, sirs, cheer up!
For I believe God, that it will be just as it has been spoken to me.
27:26 But we must run aground on a certain island."
27:27 But when the fourteenth night had come,
27:33 While the day was coming on, Paul begged them all to take some
27:39 When it was day, they didn't recognize the land,
27:42 The soldiers' counsel was to kill the prisoners,
vs 24 "God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you" There seems a principle that unbelievers can benefit just by associating with believers. For example in the case of marriage to an unbeliever it is written, "the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband:"1Cor 7:14 And in the Old Testament there are many examples such as the fact that the city of Sodom and Gomorrah would have been saved from destruction if but 10 righteous men dwelt there. And similarly those groups and even whole nations who persecute and try to eliminate the children of God from among them doom themselves to destruction. And is it by coincidence that it has been primarily "Christian" nations which have become the most prosperous? Though seldom acknowledged, the world would be a much worse place if it wasn't for the presence of Christians who go about the Lord's work.
Pr 13:20 "He that walketh with wise men shall be wise:
vs 27-31 "Unless these men stay with the ship, you cannot be saved." Here again we see that Biblical prophecy is non-fatalistic. The Calvinistic puppet theology doesn't reflect the way the Bible deals with God's sovereignty. Cooperation is involved in the fulfillment of prophecy as it is also involved in one coming to saving faith in Christ. Paul prophecied that they would all be saved. Of course I'm referring to salvation from drowning. But now he places conditions upon their salvation. This is a test of faith. To be saved they must act upon their faith. Let us allegorize this:
The men in the boat are as one person. They receive the word of God from Paul. But there are doubts represented by the sailors trying to escape. To be saved a person must act upon their faith, cutting away their doubts and burn their bridges. Jesus must not be viewed simply as another way to be saved, but rather as the only way.
vs 33-38 In the midst of seeking God's salvation there is relief even in the midst of such trouble. I am reminded of David after returning from battle to find his army's families taken captive.
1Sa 30:6 And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.And of course by faith all was shortly restored. In the midst of trouble let us encourage ourselves in the Lord being reminded of our ultimate destiny.