We discover that one purpose of God for the shipwreck we considered last week was that the Gospel might come to the people of Malta. From this passage, we see:

  • The kindness of the natives - showing us that God’s common grace is at work in some degree in all men but the kindness of unbelievers should not be taken as a sign they are saved.
  • The miracles done on Malta, which confirmed to the people that Paul was speaking the Word of God.

We apply these events in 3 ways:

  • The Gospel is God’s Word, the only message by which we must be saved.
  • Common grace is not enough to save anyone, no matter what apparently good works may result from it.
  • God is a missionary God who wants His Gospel preached to every people group on earth. We must do what we can to get the Gospel out in obedience to His command


Shaun Bryant

Shaun has been Pastor at Grace Church in Modesto since late 1993. His journey to the fellowship took him through churches of various persuasions, during which time he became convinced of a call to the ministry and also of a Reformed view of the Scriptures. Shaun completed his studies for the ministry at Westminster Seminary in California. He is married with 3 children.

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