Vs. 16, “When we got to Rome, Paul was allowed to live by himself, with a soldier to guard him.” Before Paul would arrive, he would have a ministry at Malta. God would give him the powers to withstand a attack by a viper (Satan perhaps) and the power to heal others. They would stay at Malta until the weather would clear 3 months later. Paul would fine great encouragement upon meeting other Christians who would reach out to him. Paul would get straight to business as he would minister first to the Jews & then to the Gentiles. Once again, it was almost inevitable that some would turn from the message of salvation…in fact, it was prophetic from Isaiah that they would turn. Paul would be in house arrest for two years and it would be during this time that he would write the letters to the Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and to Philemon. He would be released from prison and for three years it is believed he visited some of the past churches. After the three years of freedom, Paul would imprisoned again and this time he would be marytred.
Regarding application…The End is not really the End. We began this book reading about the birth of the church and its subsequent acts or events. But in reality…the book of acts (story of the church) is not yet completed. The Holy Spirit continues to work today in believers! Perhaps the book of Acts will end when the Second coming of Christ occurs…but until then…may we continue in the same endeavor & passion that the early church had. We are truly blessed to be living in a time that is so crucial to the salvation story. The work of the church has not yet been completed…it is a continuing story. What we do in our lifetime could very well be included in the final revision of the book of Acts =)