Commentary On The Book Of Acts Chapter 14:1-7

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.

Some Thoughts On Obedience From Anonymous

Obedience

“A patient cannot accept the physician and, at the same time, reject his remedy.:

“It is our duty to obey God’s commands, not to direct his counsels.”

“Delayed obedience is the brother of disobedience.”

“Christ was one child who knew more that His parents—yet He obeyed them.”

“Every great person first learned to obey, whom to obey, and when to obey.”

Commentary On The Book Of Acts Chapter 13:46-52

Chapter 13:46 And Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and said, “It was necessary that the word of God should be spoken to first; since you repudiate it, and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we are turning to the Gentiles.

Chapter 13:47 “For thus the Lord has commanded us,

‘I have placed You as a light for the Gentiles,                                                                          That You should bring salvation to the end of the earth.'”

Chapter 13:48 And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord; and as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed.

Chapter 13:49 And the word of the Lord was being spread through the whole region.

Chapter 13:50 But the Jews aroused the devout women of prominence and the leading men of the city and instigated a persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and drove them out of their district. 

Chapter 13:51 But they shook off the dust of their feet in protest against them and went to Iconium.

Chapter 13:52 And the disciples were continually filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.

We see in verse 46 the answer to the Jews who had contradicted Paul and Barnabas as well as speak ill of God. God had chosen Paul to be the man to deliver the message to the Jews first and he made it clear that by their actions they had judged themselves as unworthy and by their actions they had condemned themselves. Where the Gospel is preached, there is always an effect. When it is accepted, it softens the heart, when it is rejected, it hardens the heart.  In verse 47, Paul quotes from Isaiah 42:6-7, which shows the Gospel is a message of light to the Gentiles and is the only message that will bring salvation to their lives. We see in verse 48, that the Gentiles were glad because they received the Gospel which showed them that their sins were forgiven and that they had received eternal life. The second part of this verse troubles many people, I personally believe in election and predestination; but the Bible does not teach that God chooses some individuals to be saved and others to be damned! The church is made up of individual believers who choose Jesus after hearing the message of salvation. In verse 50, we see the Jews are not sitting idly by but are stirring up the people against the apostles, even honorable men and women of the community. In verse 51, Paul and Barnabas follow the Lord’s instruction that he had given during His earthly ministry by shaking the dust of their feet for a testimony against that city. And finally, we see that Paul and Barnabas were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit upon leaving Antioch in Pisidia and traveled to Iconium.

Some Thoughts On Faith From Anonymous

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“No one has more faith than the person who plays a slot machine.”

“The world will not be convinced by your faith by the sourness of your face.”

“The greatest act of faith takes place when a man finally decides that he is not God.”

“Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith.”

“When we do what we can, God will do what we can’t”

Commentary On The Book Of Acts Chapter 13:42-45

Chapter 13:42 As Paul and Barnabas were going out, the people kept begging that these things might be spoken to them the next Sabbath.

Chapter 13:43 Now when the meeting of the synagogue had broken up, many of the Jews and of the God-fearing proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas, who, speaking to them, were urging them to continue  in the grace of God.

Chapter 13:44 The next Sabbath nearly the whole city assembled to hear the word of the Lord.

Chapter 13:45 But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and began contradicting the things spoken by Paul and were blaspheming.

In verse 42 Paul has finished his message and the majority of the Jews have left the synagogue still unbelieving and refusing to acknowledge his invitation or his warning. We see in verse 43 that some of the Jews believed and embraced Christianity while the proselytes (most likely Greek believers) followed Paul and Barnabas, giving them further opportunities to explain the Gospel. In verse 44, we see the power of the Gospel as the entire city has gathered to hear Paul. We see the Jews are filled with wrath and indignation because so many people would come out to hear a message that threatened to overthrow the Jewish religion. The Jews, by defending the tradition of their fathers, blasphemed the name of Jesus as well as the commandments of God.

Commentary On The Book Of Acts Chapter 13:38-41

Chapter 13:38 Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through Him forgiveness of is proclaimed to you,

Chapter 13:39 and through Him everyone who believes is freed from all things, from which you could not be freed through the Law of Moses.

Chapter 13:40 Therefore take heed, so that the thing spoken of in the Prophets may not come upon you:

Chapter 13:41 ‘Behold, you scoffers, and marvel, and perish; For I am accomplishing a work in your days, A work which you will never believe, though someone should describe it to you.'”

Paul has given the people a tremendous foundation in showing the people that their forgiveness of sins comes only through repentance and faith in the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ. He proved to the people that with Jesus being crucified, taken from the cross and buried, that God had raised Him from the dead. There is only one way to be justified and freed from all things and that is through the finished work of Jesus Christ, in other words, through His suffering, death and resurrection. Also, to end verse 39, we see that what the Law of Moses could not do, which was to justify a person or declare him righteous, only Jesus Christ could do. In verse 40, we see Paul warning the people that they could accept the Gospel that he preached and be saved or they could refuse it and face certain judgment. In verse 41, Paul quotes from Habakkuk 1:5 and we see the results today, in that, people are witnessing daily the power of God through salvation of their friends, blessings and miracles and still they refuse to believe. People who witness these things and refuse to accept it on their own, will surely face sure and certain judgment one day and perish eternally in the lake of fire.

Commentary On The Book Of Acts Chapter 13:35-37

Chapter 13:35 Therefore He also says in another Psalm, ‘You will not allow Your Holy One to undergo decay,’

Chapter 13:36 “For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep, and was laid among his fathers and underwent decay;

Chapter 13:37 but He whom God raised did not undergo decay.

Paul uses a quote from Psalm 16:10 which shows that because of the promises that God made to David, that is was impossible for Jesus to see corruption. David’s spirit went to be with God, however, his body was laid in the grave and returned to dust. Jesus did not go through decay, but went through resurrection in order to save you and I from our past, present and future sins and go and sit at the right hand of God