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.