“Jesus, A Miracle Worker”/The Return to Antioch in Syria

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

“The Return to Antioch in Syria”, Acts 14:21) And when they had preached the Gospel to that city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and Antioch.  22) Confirming the souls of the Disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the Kingdom of God.  John 15:18; Romans 8:17; 2Timothy 2:11.  23) And when they had ordained them Elders in every Church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed.  24) And after they had passed throughout Pisidia, they came to Pamphylia.  25) And when they had preached the Word in Perga, they went down into Attalia:  26) And thence sailed to Antioch, from whence they had been recommended to the grace of God for the work which they fulfilled.  27) And when they were come, and had gathered the Church together, they rehearsed all that God had done with them, and how He had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles.  Colossians 4:3.  28) And there they abode long time with the Disciples. 

Quest Study Bible – What do hardships have to do with entering the Kingdom?  v14:22, Hardships are not the basis, but the consequence of Salvation.  Those saved (by grace) will suffer the world’s hostility.

How were Elders selected?  v14:23, In this case, Paul and Barnabas selected Elders themselves, Paul also instructed Titus to appoint Elders in new Churches.  Tutus 1:5.  The word for appointed, however, contains the idea of an election–raising hands in a vote–although some do not believe this necessarily meant an election.  In Acts 6:1-7, when a mature Christian Church chose Deacons (not Elders), the congregation made the selection.

How had Paul and Barnabas been committed to the Grace of God?  v14:26, The Church leaders had placed their hands on Paul and Barnabas in a prayer of dedication (13:3), in this way they turned them over to the Lord, trusting God to care for and protect them.  They also acknowledged that Paul and Barnabas belonged to the Lord so He could accomplish His purposes through them.  More than mere symbol, this commitment was an open declaration of their faith in God:  Paul and Barnabas willingly surrendered control of their lives to Him.  Other examples: 15:40; 20:32; 1Peter 4:19. 

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