Revealing Christ, the Anointed One and His Anointing

Acts 13:44-14:7

Acts 13:44-14:7

Summary
In today’s reading we see how the gentiles gathered to listen to Paul and Barnabas about the word of God. The Jews however became jealous but Paul told them it was because they had rejected the messiah and do not consider themselves worthy of eternal life. The gentiles however gladly received the good news and through them the word spread throughout the region. Out of Jealousy the Jew stirred up persecution against them and they were expelled from the region and went to Iconium being filled with joy and the Holy Spirit.
In Iconium, they continued sharing the good news with boldness and God confirmed their words with sign and wonders. The Jews again ploted to kill them but they fled to Lycaonian cites of Lystra and Derbe where they continued to preach the gospel.

Life Application
We shouldn’t allow anything stop us from sharing the good news because this is the power of God unto salvation for all .

Personal Declaration
Through me my community will know Christ

Reading – Acts 13:44-14:7

44 On the next Sabbath almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord.45 When the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy. They began to contradict what Paul was saying and heaped abuse on him.

46 Then Paul and Barnabas answered them boldly: “We had to speak the word of God to you first. Since you reject it and do not consider yourselves worthy of eternal life, we now turn to the Gentiles. 47 For this is what the Lord has commanded us:

“‘I have made you[a] a light for the Gentiles,
    that you[b] may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’[c]

48 When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and honored the word of the Lord; and all who were appointed for eternal life believed.

49 The word of the Lord spread through the whole region. 50 But the Jewish leaders incited the God-fearing women of high standing and the leading men of the city. They stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them from their region. 51 So they shook the dust off their feet as a warning to them and went to Iconium. 52 And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.

In Iconium

14 At Iconium Paul and Barnabas went as usual into the Jewish synagogue. There they spoke so effectively that a great number of Jews and Greeks believed. But the Jews who refused to believe stirred up the other Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brothers. So Paul and Barnabas spent considerable time there, speaking boldly for the Lord, who confirmed the message of his grace by enabling them to perform signs and wonders. The people of the city were divided; some sided with the Jews, others with the apostles. There was a plot afoot among both Gentiles and Jews, together with their leaders, to mistreat them and stone them. But they found out about it and fled to the Lycaonian cities of Lystra and Derbe and to the surrounding country, where they continued to preach the gospel.

Footnotes:

  1. Acts 13:47 The Greek is singular.
  2. Acts 13:47 The Greek is singular.
  3. Acts 13:47 Isaiah 49:6

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