Act 11:1 ¶ And the apostles and brethren that were in
Judaea heard that the Gentiles had also received the word of God.
COMMENT: Judaea is the land from
Jerusalem south where Rehoboam ruled after Israel in the north split
away under Jeroboam.
The tribes of Judah and Benjamin were represented
in Judaea (Judah)
with the other ten tribes represented in Northern Israel. Civil
wars followed. The history of Israel is evidence that a
divided house will fall. She has not yet regained the glory and
power of Israel united under the anointed King David.
Act 11:2 And when Peter was come up to Jerusalem,
they that were of the circumcision contended with him,
COMMENT: So Judean believers
in Christ contended with Peter.
Act 11:3 Saying, You went in to men uncircumcised, and did
eat with them.
COMMENT: But their contention was not evil
but good. They were calling for accountability to the laws they
had observed for centuries as a people.
Act 11:4 But Peter rehearsed [the matter] from the
beginning, and expounded [it] by order unto them, saying,
Act 11:5 I was in the city of Joppa praying: and in a
trance I saw a vision, A certain vessel descend, as it
had been a great sheet, let down from heaven by four
corners; and it came even to me:
Act 11:6 Upon the which when I had fastened mine eyes,
I considered, and saw fourfooted beasts of the earth, and
wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air.
COMMENT: There you see again this mystery of
the anointing, that when in the anointing; one must willfully
fasten their eyes on the object of consideration that they might
see it through the eye of Christ in singleness of mind, and
"WHEN THE EYE IS SINGLE, THE WHOLE BODY IS FULL OF LIGHT."
Act 11:7 And I heard a voice saying unto me, "Arise, Peter;
slay and eat.
Act 11:8 But I said, "Not so, Lord: for nothing common
or unclean hath at any time entered into my mouth.
Act 11:9 But the voice answered me again from heaven,
"What God has cleansed, [that] call not thou common.
Act 11:10 And this was done three times: and
all were drawn up again into heaven.
Act 11:11 And, behold, immediately there were three men
already come unto the house where I was, sent from Caesarea unto me.
Act 11:12 And the Spirit bade me go with them, nothing
doubting. Moreover these six brethren accompanied me, and
we entered into the man's house:
Act 11:13 And he showed us how he had seen an angel
in his house, which stood and said unto him, Send men to
Joppa, and call for Simon, whose surname is Peter;
Act 11:14 Who shall tell you words, whereby you and all your
house shall be saved.
Act 11:15 And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell
on them, as on us at the beginning.
Act 11:16 Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how
that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but you shall
be baptized with the Holy Ghost.
Act 11:17 Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as
[he did] unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what
was I, that I could withstand God?
COMMENT: Please note how
Cornelius and the Gentiles with him received "the like gift"
but they were not trained like the hundred and twenty who
accompanied the Lord Jesus during much or all of his three years
of spiritual warfare before his crucifixion. They were already
set apart unto God and experienced in spiritual warfare when
the Holy Ghost baptized them. So for Gentiles in the churches
throughout America to compare their baptism with that of the
hundred and twenty and say it was equal is folly. The baptism
may be the same but vessels not prepared the same are hardly
able to go about any city speaking in tongues everyone will
understand in their own language, and this reasoning expands to
all spiritual warfare; for the power of God to operate in the
hundred and twenty in tongues on Pentecost works on the same
laws of the Spirit in all spiritual warfare as well. So please
cease to say you are Spirit filled when there is no such
perpetual promise to anyone including the hundred and twenty.
Everyone Jewish or Gentile must die to self daily to enter into
the fullness of the Spirit in that day, then get up and do it
Act 11:18 When they heard these things, they held their peace,
and glorified God, saying, Then has God also to the Gentiles
granted repentance unto life.
COMMENT: You see the path provided by the
receiving of the Holy Ghost is "REPENTANCE UNTO LIFE." Every
believer must repent regularly as their sins are revealed to them,
and that repentance must be of a sincere heart seeking forgiveness
from God; and in that process they can expect to overcome their
sin nature in growing glory to glory.
Act 11:19 ¶ Now they which were scattered abroad upon the
persecution that arose about Stephen travelled as far as
Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to
none but unto the Jews only. They were Jews preaching to Jews.
COMMENT: Here is a historical sketch of what
was taking place after Stephen was martyred which is now some time
past, and they preached the Worde to no-one but the Jewish people.
Act 11:20 And some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene,
which, when they were come to Antioch, spake unto the Grecians,
preaching the Lord Jesus.
COMMENT: And some were Gentiles who went
preaching to Gentiles.
Act 11:21 And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great
number believed, and turned unto the Lord.
COMMENT: And both the Jewish and the Gentile
preachers prospered in turning "a great number" to the Lord.
Act 11:22 Then tidings of these things came unto the ears
of the church which was in Jerusalem: and they sent forth
Barnabas, that he should go as far as Antioch.
COMMENT: Barnabus is the Levite believer in
Christ who we first heard of when he sold his possession and laid
the money from it at the Apostles' feet. Then we heard of him
again when Saul was not believed, and it was Barnabus who gained
him entrance to the Apostles who approved of him. Now Barnabus
is sent by the Jewish brethren to look in on the Gentile work
prospering at Antioch, for the Jews are a very diligent people
in all things particularly when it comes to rulership.
Act 11:23/24 Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God,
was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart
they would cleave unto the Lord.
For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost
and of faith: and much people was added unto the Lord.
COMMENT: Barnabus was pleased with the harvest
taking place in Antioch and being "full of the Holy Ghost and
of faith" in the anointing as he died daily to self to enter in;
he was used of the Spirit of the Lord to win many.
Act 11:25/26 Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul:
And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch.
And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves
with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were
called Christians first in Antioch.
COMMENT: Disciples are not ordinary believers.
They are set apart unto God and if they do well in offering up
the sacrifice of praise continually and praying without ceasing,
they do shine in the anointing. There in Antioch the disciples
were first called Christians because they were Christ'like or
Christ'ian. The name Christian has degenerated to just anyone who
claims Christ as their Saviour and as such it is better to
discreetly avoid identifying yourself as a Christian when you can
say, "I am a believer in Christ."
Act 11:27 ¶ And in these days came Prophets from Jerusalem
unto Antioch. And there stood up one of them named Agabus,
and signified by the Spirit that there should be great dearth
throughout all the world: which came to pass in the days of
COMMENT: There are many words we do not
find in the sacred King James 1611 Version, one of them is famine.
The Prophet Agabus said there would be a "great dearth" meaning
a great famine throughout the Roman Empire and perhaps beyond
into those Asian nations that were not well known in those
Act 11:29/30 Then the disciples, every man according to his
ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelled
in Judaea: Which also they did, and sent it to the elders by
the hands of Barnabas and Saul.