Act 13:1 ¶ Now there were in the church that was at Antioch
certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon
that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen,
which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.
COMMENT: The story of the holy Revolution
in the first Century Israel takes us to Antioch now where
Barnabas, Niger, Lucius, and Manaen are singled out as holy
men. Prophets and teachers.
Act 13:2 As they MINISTERED TO THE LORD, and fasted,
the Holy Ghost said, "Separate me Barnabas and Saul for
the work whereunto I have called them."
COMMENT: They lived lives separated unto God
and were able to seek the Lord together while ministering to him,
for though many think the Lord does all of the ministering and needs
no-one to minister to him; they are mistaken. And in this time
set apart unto God with fasting the Holy Ghost gave a command for
Barnabas and Saul to work together.
Act 13:3 And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid
[their] hands on them, they sent [them] away.
Act 13:4 ¶ So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost,
departed unto Seleucia; and from there they sailed to Cyprus.
COMMENT: The two holy men received their
traveling orders from the Spirit of the Lord and obeyed.
Act 13:5 And when they were at Salamis, they preached
the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews: and
they had also John to [their] minister.
COMMENT: John was also with them.
Act 13:6 And when they had gone through the isle
unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet,
a Jew, whose name [was] Barjesus: Which was with the deputy
of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called
for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God.
Act 13:8 But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by
interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the
deputy from the faith.
COMMENT: Here we find powers working in
high places again even as we found Simon the Sorcerer having
bewitched the inhabitants of Samaria into believing he was
the power of God before Philip came in the supernatural power
of God to teach them the truth.
Act 13:9 Then Saul, who also [is called] Paul, filled
with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him,
COMMENT: Once again you see the necessity
for anyone in the anointing of the Spirit to fasten their eyes
on the object of their focus if they expect to see through the
eye of Christ, and this Saint Paul did.
Act 13:10 And said, "O full of all subtilty and all mischief,
[you] child of the devil, [you] enemy of all righteousness,
will you not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?"
COMMENT: And Paul full of the Holy Ghost
being focused with all might on the enemy of righteousness
rebuked him in the power of the Spirit.
Act 13:11 "And now, behold, the hand of the Lord [is] upon you,
and you shall be blind, not seeing the sun for a season.
And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness;
and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand.
COMMENT: The false prophet was blinded for
a season which is approximately 90 days.
Act 13:12 Then the deputy, when he saw what was done,
believed, being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord.
COMMENT: The doctrine of the Lord is very
convincing when it is backed up with supernatural proofs. This
we have lacked in America where the religious system has degenerated
into cunning shows of fabricated power.
Act 13:13 ¶ Now when Paul and his company loosed from Paphos,
they came to Perga in Pamphylia: and John departing from them
returned to Jerusalem.
Act 13:14 But when they departed from Perga, they came
to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the
Sabbath day, and sat down.
Act 13:15 And after the reading of the law and the prophets
the rulers of the synagogue sent unto them, saying, [You] men
[and] brethren, if you have any word of exhortation for the
people, say on.
COMMENT: If your church were as open to
strangers as the synagogues of the Jews were in the first Century,
you might find yourselves listening to the Word preached in the
power of the Spirit.
Act 13:16 Then Paul stood up, and beckoning with [his] hand
said, Men of Israel, and you that fear God, give audience.
COMMENT: Paul makes it clear from the beginning,
his audience cannot receive his message unless they fear God.
Act 13:17 The God of this people of Israel chose our
fathers, and exalted the people when they dwelled as strangers
in the land of Egypt, and with an high arm brought he them
out of it.
COMMENT: Now Paul is giving his Jewish audience
a historical picture of their nation like Stephen did with the
Act 13:18 And about the time of forty years suffered he their
manners in the wilderness.
Act 13:19 And when he had destroyed seven nations in the
land of Chanaan, he divided their land to them by lot.
Act 13:20 And after that he gave [unto them] judges about
the space of four hundred and fifty years, until Samuel the prophet.
Act 13:21 And afterward they desired a king: and God
gave unto them Saul the son of Cis, a man of the tribe of
Benjamin, by the space of forty years.
Act 13:22 And when he had removed him, he raised up unto
them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony,
and said, I have found David the [son] of Jesse, a man after
mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.
Act 13:23 Of this man's seed has God according to [his]
promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus:
COMMENT: The Jews were not looking so much
for a Saviour from their sins as they were a Saviour to deliver
them from the oppression of the Romans. They were inclined to
see the Saviour of the second coming and seemed to be blinded
to the prophecies of the first coming.
Act 13:24 When John had first preached before his coming
the baptism of repentance to all the peopleS of Israel.
COMMENT: But all of Israel believed John
was a Prophet and his preaching of repentance was something
Saint Paul could point out to make his case.
Act 13:25 And as John fulfilled his course, he said, Whom do you
think I am? I am not [he]. But, behold, there comes one after
me, whose shoes of [his] feet I am not worthy to loose.
COMMENT: John the Baptist clearly was
speaking of Jesus.
Act 13:26 Men [and] brethren, children of the stock of
Abraham, and whosoever among you fears God, to you is
the Word of this salvation sent.
Act 13:27 For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their
rulers, because they knew him not, nor yet the voices of
the prophets which are read every sabbath day, they have
fulfilled [them] in condemning [him].
Act 13:28 And though they found no cause of death [in him],
yet desired they Pilate that he should be slain.
Act 13:29 And when they had fulfilled all that was written
of him, they took [him] down from the tree, and laid [him]
in a sepulchre.
Act 13:30 But God raised him from the dead:
Act 13:31 And he was seen many days of them which came
up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are his witnesses
unto the people.
COMMENT: Paul excludes himself from
those witnesses of the Lord's resurrection though he witnessed
the resurrected Lord of glory later on the Damascus Road.
Act 13:32 And we declare unto you glad tidings, how that
the promise which was made unto the fathers,
Act 13:33 God has fulfilled the same unto us their
children, in that he has raised up Jesus again; as it
is also written in the second Psalm, You are my Son,
this day have I begotten you.
Act 13:34 And as concerning that he raised him up from
the dead, [now] no more to return to corruption, he said
on this wise, I will give you the sure mercies of David.
Act 13:35 Wherefore he said also in another [psalm],
You shall not suffer your Holy One to see corruption.
Act 13:36 For David, after he had served his own
generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was
laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption:
Act 13:37 But he, whom God raised again, saw no corruption.
COMMENT: Jesus was raised from the dead
on the third day, before decay of the flesh set in.
Act 13:38 Be it known unto you therefore, men [and]
brethren, that through this man is preached unto you
the forgiveness of sins:
COMMENT: This is a people accustomed to
going to Jerusalem to have the priests there offer animal
sacrifices for their sins. Now Paul is offering them the
Lamb of God.
Act 13:39 And by him all that believe are justified
from all things, from which you could not be justified
by the law of Moses.
COMMENT: The New Testament offers the
Jewish people a better covenant. They could fail of obedience
to fulfill the law of Moses, but by faith in God and Christ
all things become lawful in the righteousness of God.
Act 13:40 Beware therefore, lest that come upon you,
which is spoken of in the prophets;
COMMENT: Now Paul is warning them.
Act 13:41 Behold, you despisers, and wonder, and
perish: for I work a work in your days, a work which
you shall in no wise believe, though a man declare it unto you.
COMMENT: Here Paul made it clear that
salvation was not as easy as the religious leaders had made it to be to
the Israeli population through the centuries since apostasy set
in. Likewise the religious leaders in America are misleading the
people, so that the prophecy has come to pass: "THAT WHICH HAS
BEEN SHALL BE."
Act 13:42 ¶ And when the Jews were gone out of the
Synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might
be preached to them the next Sabbath.
Act 13:43 Now when the congregation was broken up, many
of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and
Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue
in the grace of God.
Act 13:44 And the next Sabbath day came almost the
whole city together to hear the word of God.
Act 13:45 But when the Jews saw the multitudes,
they were filled with envy, and spoke against those
things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming.
COMMENT: The Israeli's up until that time had
really come to believe they had God in their bag, but the
New Testament moves us into THE TIMES OF THE GENTILES with
the crowd at Cornelius's house receiving the Holy Ghost.
The crucifixion of the Jewish Messiah put Israel's
relationship with God on the shelf until they rebuild their
temple in Jerusalem which many are looking for at this time.
Act 13:46 Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and
said, It was necessary that the word of God should
first have been spoken to you: but seeing you put it from you,
and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life,
lo, we turn to the Gentiles.
Act 13:47 For so has the Lord commanded us, [saying],
I have set you to be a light of the Gentiles, that you
should be for salvation unto the ends of the earth.
COMMENT: And to this day the Words of Saint
Paul are for salvation unto the ends of the earth.
Act 13:48 And when the Gentiles heard this, they were
glad, and glorified the Word of the Lord: and as many
as were ordained to eternal life believed.
COMMENT: This is one of many PREDESTINATION
statements in the sacred Scriptures. If you are looking for them,
you will find them.
Act 13:49 And the Word of the Lord was published
throughout all the region.
COMMENT: They didn't have printing presses
in those days. The Word of the Lord was published by believers
telling of their belief in Christ.
Act 13:50 But the Jews stirred up the devout and
honourable women, and the chief men of the city, and
raised persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled
them out of their coasts.
Act 13:51 But they shook off the dust of their feet
against them, and came unto Iconium.
COMMENT: We are considering SAINT PAUL'S
FIRST MISSIONARY JOURNEY recorded in the book of Acts.
On the above
map you can get a good idea of the area he and Barnabus evangelized
in the power of God.
Saint Paul preached and lived the gospel of peace. They shook the
dust off of their feet and proceeded on to other places
even when violence was done to them.
Act 13:52 And the disciples were filled with joy,
and with the Holy Ghost.
COMMENT: If you want to become filled
with the Holy Ghost and with joy regularly, you will need to
study to show yourself approved of God. Then the Lord will call
you into a life set apart unto him, and you will need to keep
your hand on the plough or you will not be worthy of the kingdom
within which the Lord is when he is manifest in the anointing.