Acts 13

Acts 13:1-52

1  Now in the church that was at Antioch there were certain prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.

2  As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”

3  Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away.

4  So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus.

5  And when they arrived in Salamis, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews. They also had John as their assistant.

6  Now when they had gone through the island to Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew whose name was Bar-Jesus,

7  who was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, an intelligent man. This man called for Barnabas and Saul and sought to hear the word of God.

8  But Elymas the sorcerer (for so his name is translated) withstood them, seeking to turn the proconsul away from the faith.

9  Then Saul, who also is called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him

10  and said, “O full of all deceit and all fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease perverting the straight ways of the Lord?

11  And now, indeed, the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you shall be blind, not seeing the sun for a time.” And immediately a dark mist fell on him, and he went around seeking someone to lead him by the hand.

12  Then the proconsul believed, when he saw what had been done, being astonished at the teaching of the Lord.

13  Now when Paul and his party set sail from Paphos, they came to Perga in Pamphylia; and John, departing from them, returned to Jerusalem.

14  But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day and sat down.

15  And after the reading of the Law and the Prophets, the rulers of the synagogue sent to them, saying, “Men and brethren, if you have any word of exhortation for the people, say on.”

16  Then Paul stood up, and motioning with his hand said, “Men of Israel, and you who fear God, listen:

17  The God of this people Israel chose our fathers, and exalted the people when they dwelt as strangers in the land of Egypt, and with an uplifted arm He brought them out of it.

18  Now for a time of about forty years He put up with their ways in the wilderness.

19  And when He had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, He distributed their land to them by allotment.

20  “After that He gave them judges for about four hundred and fifty years, until Samuel the prophet.

21  And afterward they asked for a king; so God gave them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years.

22  And when He had removed him, He raised up for them David as king, to whom also He gave testimony and said, ‘I HAVE FOUND DAVID THE SON OF JESSE, A MAN AFTER MY OWN HEART, WHO WILL DO ALL MY WILL.’

23  From this man’s seed, according to the promise, God raised up for Israel a Savior—Jesus—

24  after John had first preached, before His coming, the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.

25  And as John was finishing his course, he said, ‘Who do you think I am? I am not He. But behold, there comes One after me, the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to loose.’

26  “Men and brethren, sons of the family of Abraham, and those among you who fear God, to you the word of this salvation has been sent.

27  For those who dwell in Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they did not know Him, nor even the voices of the Prophets which are read every Sabbath, have fulfilled them in condemning Him.

28  And though they found no cause for death in Him, they asked Pilate that He should be put to death.

29  Now when they had fulfilled all that was written concerning Him, they took Him down from the tree and laid Him in a tomb.

30  But God raised Him from the dead.

31  He was seen for many days by those who came up with Him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are His witnesses to the people.

32  And we declare to you glad tidings—that promise which was made to the fathers.

33  God has fulfilled this for us their children, in that He has raised up Jesus. As it is also written in the second Psalm: ‘YOU ARE MY SON, TODAY I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU.’

34  And that He raised Him from the dead, no more to return to corruption, He has spoken thus: ‘I WILL GIVE YOU THE SURE MERCIES OF DAVID.’

35  Therefore He also says in another Psalm: ‘YOU WILL NOT ALLOW YOUR HOLY ONE TO SEE CORRUPTION.’

36  “For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell asleep, was buried with his fathers, and saw corruption;

37  but He whom God raised up saw no corruption.

38  Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins;

39  and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses.

40  Beware therefore, lest what has been spoken in the prophets come upon you:


42  So when the Jews went out of the synagogue, the Gentiles begged that these words might be preached to them the next Sabbath.

43  Now when the congregation had broken up, many of the Jews and devout proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas, who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.

44  On the next Sabbath almost the whole city came together to hear the word of God.

45  But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy; and contradicting and blaspheming, they opposed the things spoken by Paul.

46  Then Paul and Barnabas grew bold and said, “It was necessary that the word of God should be spoken to you first; but since you reject it, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, behold, we turn to the Gentiles.


48  Now when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and glorified the word of the Lord. And as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed.

49  And the word of the Lord was being spread throughout all the region.

50  But the Jews stirred up the devout and prominent women and the chief men of the city, raised up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them from their region.

51  But they shook off the dust from their feet against them, and came to Iconium.

52  And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.

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1 year ago

It’s in community, where together there is separation from worldly influence and immersion in the Spirit, that direction and empowerment are imparted to deliver an uncompromising message of salvation and deliverance. Just as the Spirit was initially received in its fullness, it continues to be experienced and made functional, first received behind doors and then boldly proclaimed outside the walls. Though some may be chosen to carry the message in a prominent role, their strength and support come from the many who comprise the body they’ve joined. What would have happened to these men and their message apart from the fasting and prayers that prepared their way? So often there can be plans, strategies and participants that don’t come from the Holy Ghost, but rather from those who consider themselves to be elite due to some book read or teaching heard. Without intentional removal of worldly influence and soaking in the outpouring of the Spirit, there can be no expectation of Spiritual movements and results. He’s not looking to get on board with our ideas, but will effectively guide where He is deferred to.

There will be uncompromising confidence and boldness where there is assurance of the Spirit’s direction, preparation and validation. The rising of opposition and rejection will not be considered as factors for those who are established on His foundation, following His way provided. When it may seem like all is failing, there will simply be a removal of any attachments to the unaccepting ones and moving on zealously to the next opportunity in His plan. Where there may have been defeat accepted due to the status and titles of the resistors, for those who know Who they’ve joined, there will be no yielding to their opposition. They will only be seen from the perspective of a seat that is far above them. The message and the cause will never be subverted by their feeble attempts at squelching. For us, there will continue to be an unstoppable message of freedom and hope in Christ, where together there is continuance in the Spirit, our source of direction and power. So necessary to not be following the world when expecting direction from the Spirit.

1 year ago

“And the disciples were continually filled [throughout their hearts and souls] with joy on with the Holy Spirit.” Paul spoke as if he had first hand experience walking side by side with Jesus and through salvation history. It was so alive in him by the Holy Spirit it is tangible- we move and have our being in Him and the evidence is joy and such bold conviction in whose Life we share. The people saw and where hungry regardless of the jealousy, regardless of the state of the Jewish religious leaders, their spirit men were stirred in answer to the Holy Spirit, the Presence alive in the living message of salvation and life in Christ!

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