Tuesday, September 26, 2006
My Study Notes: Chapter 12 TO LIVE IS CHIRIST
My Study Notes: Chapter 12 TO LIVE IS CHRIST
Therefore, my brothers, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you
Through Him everyone who believes is justified from everything
you could not be justified from by the law of Moses.
Paul and Barnabas continued on in their first missionary journey, departing Cyprus and entering the large Roman province of Galatia. They sailed from Paphos to Perga on the coast of Asia Minor. John Mark left them and returned home to Jerusalem.
They traveled on to Pisidain Antioch, which is not the Antioch in Syria.
On the Sabbath they attended the synagogue worship and received an invitation . In the synagogue Paul addressed those who believed in the God of Israel. He presented Christ to the Jews through their own history. Paul urged them to see how perfectly Christ knit the past with the present. They didn’t have to forsake their history, they only needed to accept the rest of the story.
He charged the Jews with the death of the Messiah, yet he extended the invitation to receive forgiveness through Christ. We see in verse 43 that ‘Many of the Jews and devout converts to Judaism met with them after the message and received their encouragement. ‘
The Jewish leaders , however, were filled with jealousy and talked abusively against what Paul was saying (vs 45)
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 worth of eternal life, we now turn to the Gentiles’ (vs 46.
Acts 13:48 tells us: ‘ All who were appointed for eternal life believed’
Luke was employing a Greek military term somewhat foreign to us. Tatto, the orginal word for appointed, is used figuratively in the New Testament and means ‘to set in a certain order.’
Paul wrote that the gospel is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile – Romans 1:16
In verse 50 we read that the Jews incited the God-fearing woman of high standing and the leading men of the city against Paul and Barnabas.
To some degree we all have exerted our power of influence over others. We influence our spouses , our children, those we work with.
Influence is a trust and we must be careful how we use it.
Paul and Barnabas were thrownout of the city, but not before the word of Jesus Christ got around. In verse 49 we see that ‘the word of the Lord spread throughout the whole region.
The truth had been told, the seeds were planted.
They shook the dust from their feet, laced their sandals and headed for Iconium.
Like Paul and Barnabas we all have had rejection but like them we should also refuse to give up. Don’t try to judge your own effectiveness. Shake the dust from your feet and move on. Joy lies ahead!
We’ll continue the journey with Paul and Barnabasin the next chapter
‘On Ya’ - ma