Chapter 14:1 In Iconium they entered the synagogue of the Jews together, and spoke in such a manner that a large number of people believed, both of Jews and of Greeks.
Chapter 14:2 But the Jews who disbelieved stirred up the minds of the Gentiles and embittered them against the brethren.
Chapter 14:3 Therefore they spent a long time there speaking boldly with reliance upon the Lord, who was testifying to the word of His grace granting that signs and wonders be done by their hands.
Chapter 14:4 But the people of the city were divided; and some sided with the Jews, and some with the apostles.
Chapter 14:5 And when an attempt was made by both the Gentiles and the Jews with their rulers, to mistreat and to stone them.
Chapter 14:6 they became aware of it and fled to the cities of Lycaonia, Lystra and Derbe, and the surrounding region;
Chapter 14:7 and there they continued to preach the gospel.
Paul continued to preach the same message that he always preached using different phrases but with the continued theme which was always the death, burial and the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. The devil does not sit idly by when the Gospel is preached and we see this happening in the following verses. In spite of the opposition, we see that Paul and Barnabas continued to speak out boldly for the cause of Christ. Also God granted them signs and wonders in order for them to bear witness to the truth that was being preached. We see in verse 4, that the people were divided and we may assume that the people who truly believed unto salvation stood by the apostles, and the unbelievers held to the doctrines and traditions of the Jews. In verse 5 we get a sense of excitement and aggression by the people in order to drive both Paul and Barnabas out of town. God takes care of His own as we see in verse 6. A lesson to be learned here: God’s true minister does not stop preaching the Gospel and when persecuted he considers it a privilege to suffer for Jesus who suffered so much for us in order that we might receive salvation.