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A Story for the World (17 of 33)
Look at verse 44 of Acts 13. This is the aftermath of the first recorded full-length sermon of the Apostle Paul. It says and the next Sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God. But when the Jews saw the multitudes they were filled with envy and spake against those things which were spoke by Paul contradicting and blaspheming. Look at this statement. Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold and said, it was necessary that the Word of God should first have been spoken to you (talking to Jewish people), but seeing you put it from you and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.
The 13th chapter begins the third major division of the book of Acts. In the first chapter, 8th verse, ''the Lord Jesus Christ gave us our marching orders.'' He said that we are to be witnesses unto Him beginning in Jerusalem. We studied about that in chapters 1-7. Then He said in Judea and Samaria. We studied about that in chapters 8-12. Then He said to the uttermost parts of the earth. We will now begin to study about this beginning in chapter 13 to the conclusion.
You have here what has been called the foreign mission section of the book of Acts. It is the section which begins the launching of the message of the Gospel, the good news about the Lord Jesus Christ, what salvation is all about, to the ends of the earth. It is the process which was started which has resulted in the fact that you and I hearing the good news of the Lord Jesus Christ and here in this service today, praising our Lord and thanking Him for the wonderful gift of salvation.
You will notice that it begins in a place called Antioch. We know that previously Paul is in the city of Antioch. H e has been brought there by Barnabas to assist him in the teaching of the Word of God to these new converts. When people receive Jesus Christ as their Savior, follow the Lord in believer's bapti ...
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