“Jesus, A Miracle Worker”/The Council’s Letter To Gentile Believers and Disagreement Between Paul and Barnabas

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

“The Council’s Letter to Gentile Believers”, Acts 15:22) Then pleased it the Apostles and Elders, with the whole Church, to send chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas; namely, Judas surnamed Barsabas, and Silas (Most believe  Silas is the Silvanus who carried the first epistle (letter) of Peter to its readers (1Pe 5:12), and he was a Roman citizen) chief men among the brethren.  Acts 1:23.  23) And they wrote letters by them after this manner; The Apostles and Elders and brethren send greeting unto the brethren which are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia:   24) Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law:  to whom we gave no such commandment:  25) It seemed good unto us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men unto you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,  26) Men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Philippians 2:29, 30.   27) We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who shall also tell you the same things by mouth (word).  28) For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things;  John 16:13.  29) That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication:  from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well.  Fare ye well.  30) So when they were dismissed, they came to Antioch:  and when they had gathered the multitude together, they delivered the epistle (letter):  31) Which when they had read, they rejoiced for the consolation.  32) And Judas and Silas, being prophets also themselves, exhorted the brethren with many words, and confirmed them.   33) And after they had tarried there a space, they were let go in peace from the brethren unto the Apostles.  1Corinthians 16:11; Hebrews 11:31.  34) Notwithstanding it pleased Silas to abide there still.   35) Paul also and Barnabas continued in Antioch, teaching and preaching the Word of the Lord, with many others also.  Amen.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary – v22-35, Having declared themselves influenced by the Holy Ghost, the Apostles and Disciples were assured that it seemed good unto God the Holy Spirit, as well as to them, to lay upon the converts (those that have turned to God)no other burden than the things before mentioned, which were necessary.  Those who were troubled were silenced, so that the peace of the Church was restored, and that which threatened division was removed.  All this was consolation for which they blessed God.

“Disagreement Between Paul and Barnabas”, Acts 15:36) And some days after Paul said unto Barnabas, Let us go again and visit our brethren in every city where we have preached the Word of the Lord, and see how they do.  37) And Barnabas determined to take with them John, whose surname was Mark.  38) But Paul thought not good to take him with them, who departed from them from Pamphylia, and went not with them to the work.  Acts 13:13.  39) And the contention was so sharp between them, that they departed asunder one from the other: and so Barnabas took Mark, and sailed unto Cyprus:  40) And Paul chose Silas, and departed, being recommended by the brethren unto the Grace of God.  41) And he went through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the churches.

Quest Study Bible – Why would spiritual leaders argue with each other?  v39, Paul and Barnabas quarreled partly because they held such passionate convictions about God’s will.  For Paul, nothing could eclipse the mission of preaching the Gospel and building churches.  If John Mark jeopardized that mission, he should minister elsewhere.  For Barnabas, nicknamed the son of encouragement (4:36), the restoration of one sincere Christian worker justified the risk.  In a sense, both Paul and Barnabas were right.  Yet in another sense, both were wrong, they both allowed anger to influence them.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary – We see that the best of men are but men, subject to like passions as we are.  Christ’s example alone is without blot.  *He alone is spotless We shall never be of one mind till we come to Heaven.  Believers must be constant in prayer; that they may never be led by the allowance of unholy tempers, to hurt the cause they really desire to serve.  Many in Antioch heard of the devotedness and piety of Paul and Barnabas and heard of their dispute and separation; *not a good example. Paul speaks with affection both of Barnabas and Mark, in His epistles (letters), written after this event.  May all who profess Thy Name, O Saviour, be reconciled by that love that is not easily provoked and which soon forgets.  Amen.

*)This persons views. 

More to come and God Bless You.

 

    

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