The Spirit's Work in Antioch


Last week we considered how Peter was just about the only one with enough authority among the Jews to preach in a convincing way that, yes, "even to Gentiles God has granted repentance that leads to life."

But it took men from Cyprus and Cyrene, Gentile converts in other words, to take the Gospel on to places like Antioch. These men were determined that even the Greeks would hear the "good news about the Lord Jesus." We read, "The Lord's hand was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord." Eventually Barnabas and Saul also come and lend their teaching and experience.

At the conclusion of the chapter we read an interesting postscript that during a famine in the Roman world, the church at Antioch, each as he or she was able, "decided to provide help for the brothers and sisters living in Judea." Ministry had come full circle, they were loving each other now.