“Jesus, A Miracle Worker”/In Iconium

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

In today’s Service, our Pastor shared kind words for Nelson Mandela and the life he lived.  I was very touched and so enjoyed the whole Service today.  I was so glad to be able to hear our wonderful “Praise Team” singing the praises of Jesus Christ and the Children’s Choir and then the Word of God.  How we all should be “expecting”  or “pregnant” with the expectation of what God has in store for each us.

“In Iconium”,Acts 14:1) And it came to pass in Iconium, that they went both together into the synagogue of the Jews, and so spake, that a great multitude both of the Jews and also of the Greeks believed. Isaiah 11:11.  2) But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles, and made their minds evil affected against the brethren. 3) Long time therefore abode they speaking boldly in the Lord, which gave testimony unto the Word of His Grace, and granted signs and wonders to be done by their hands.  Romans 15:19; Hebrews 2:4.  4) But the multitude of the city was divided:  and part held with the Jews, and part with the Apostles. 5) And when there was an assault made both of the Gentiles, and also of the Jews with their rulers, to use despitefully, and to stone them,  1Thessalonians 2:14-16.  6) They were ware of it, and fled unto Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and unto the region that lieth round about:  7) And there they preached the Gospel.

“In Lystra and Derbe”, Acts 14:8) And there sat a certain man at Lystra, impotent in his feet, being a cripple from his mother’s womb, who never had walked:  John 5:5; Acts 3:2.  9) The same heard Paul speak:  who steadfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed,  Matthew 8:10; Mark 1:40, 41.  10) Said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet.  And he leaped and walked.  Isaiah 35;6.  11) And when the people saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in the speech of Lycaonia, The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men.  Acts 28:6.  12) And they called Barnabas, Jupiter; and Paul, Mercurius, because he was the chief speaker. 13) Then the priest of Jupiter, which was before their city, brought oxen and garlands unto the gates, and would have done sacrifice with the people.  Daniels 2:46.  14)Which when the Apostles, Barnabas and Paul heard, they rent their clothes, and ran in among the people, crying out, 15) And saying, Sirs, who do ye these things?  We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made Heaven and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein:  16) Who in times past suffered all nations to walk in their own ways.  Psalms 81:12; 1Peter 4:3.  17) Nevertheless He left not Himself without witness, in that He did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.  Leviticus 26:4; Job 5:10.  18) And with these saying scarce restrained they the people, that they had not done sacrifice unto them.  19) And there came thither certain Jews from Antioch and Iconium, who persuaded the people, and, having stoned Paul, drew him out of the city, supposing he had been dead.  2Corinthians 1:8.  20) Howbeit, as the Disciples stood round about him, he rose up, and came into the city:  and the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v1-7, The Apostles spake so plainly, with such evidence and proof of the Spirit, and with such power, and with concern for the souls of men; that those who heard them could not but say, God was with them of a truth.  God has a shelter for His people in a storm. v8-20, All things are possible to those that believe.  When we have faith, that most precious gift of God, we shall be delivered from the spiritual helplessness in which we were born, and from the dominion of sinful habits since formed:  we shall be made able to stand upright and walk cheerfully in the ways of the Lord.  When Christ did many miracles, men were far from doing sacrifice to Him:  but Paul and Barnabas, upon their working one miracle, were treated as gods.  We do not learn that they rent their clothes when the people spake of stoning them; but when they spake of worshipping them, they could not bear it, being more concerned for God’s honour than their own.  The people stoned Paul.  If Paul had been Mercury, he might have been worshipped, but if he will be a faithful minister of Christ, he shall be stoned, and thrown out of the city.  All who are converted need to be confirmed in the faith; all who are planted need to be rooted in Christ Jesus.
More to come and God Bless You.


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