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Acts 20:35: - More blessed to give than to receive - Did Jesus Really Say This?


In Acts 20:35, Paul quotes Jesus as saying "It is more blessed to give than to receive".

Where's the proof that Jesus said this?

1. The bible says that Jesus did many things that weren't specifically recorded. (Which makes perfect sense.) The fact that Paul refers back to one of them in Acts 20:35 is one example of that.


2. Here is the proof. John wrote in John 20:30, "And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.


3. Note that John said, "BUT THESE ARE WRITTEN", implying that other things were NOT written. He also said that many other things COULD have been written.


4. In John 21:25 John writes, "And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen."


5. Note that John says here, "IF they should be written EVERY ONE", implying that many more were NOT WRITTEN.


6. So how did Paul know that Jesus said this? Well, the things Jesus taught were probably well known and preached abroad. Surely you could quote famous people whom you haven't met and who wouldn't even know who you are.


7. But Paul DID meet Jesus in person - on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:5). He claimed to be an Apostle of Jesus Christ (Rom 1:1; I Tim 1:1) and received many things by direct revelation of Jesus Christ. (I Cor 11:23; II Pet 1:21).


8. If you haven't looked those up yet, here's another one written out for you, "But I make known to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ." (Gal 1:11-12)


9. I won't spend long on this, but the quote - as one would expect - is consistent with the teachings of Jesus specifically, (Matt 5:40-44) and with the whole of God's word in general (Deut 15:7-14), because all scripture is given by inspiration of God. (II Tim 3:16)


10. You can TRUST every word in God's Word, the King James Bible!




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