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Dr. June Normil
After evangelizing Cyprus, Paul and Barnabas headed for Asia. They made the 160-mile trip over land to Antioch in Pisidia (Asia 13:14). As was Paul's custom, he went to the synagogue, as it was a place where people might be receptive to the gospel. Paul accepted the synagogue ruler's invitation to speak (verses 15-16). Since most people in his audience were Jews, Paul gave an overview of Jewish history. His audience would understand God's working in their ancestors and His promise of the coming Messiah through David. To show that Jesus was the promised Messiah and Savior, Paul explained Jesus' earthly life, starting with John the Baptist. John's message fulfilled Old Testament prophecy (see Matthew 3:1-17; Mark 1:1-11; Luke 3:1-22; John 1:19-34). This message of salvation had come to Antioch (Acts 13:26). These Jews fulfilled the words of the prophets by crucifying Christ. The Jerusalem Jews tried to stop Jesus and His teaching, but God had the last word; Jesus rose from the dead. The Jews had relied on the Old Testament law and its sacrifices to bring them into a right relationship with God. But the Law was inadequate. Jesus, however, provided salvation for all who would turn to Him. No sin is outside His saving grace. While we might not journey to other nations to share the gospel, we can speak with neighbors, family, and coworkers. God's gracious message of salvation is avaiolable to all. We must share this news with others.
BELIEVERS IN CHRIST ENCOURAGED (ACTS 13:4-12).
Jesus has commanded us to share the gospel with others. This is not always easy. Some simply do not want to hear the gospel. Others ridicule our faith and our moral values. It is not easy to have others ridicule us. How should we respond? Pau did not allow perecution to keep him from telling others about Jesus Christ. And neither should we. As believers, we need to prepare ourselves to defend our faith (1 Peter 3:8-22). But we also need to respond in love to those who attack us. As youy reflect on this week's study, ask God to empower you with His Holy Spirit to share Jesus with those around you. Then look for opportuities to tell others about Jesus. The same Spirit who empowered Paul will empower you.
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Copyright Reference: Radiant Life, Volume 98 Number 3 Mar. Apr. May. 2017 by Gospel Publishing House, 1445 N. Boonville Ave, Springfield, Mo 65802.
Dr. June Normil