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Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible - New Testament

Acts of the Apostles 13 (Chapter XIII Study)

 

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We have not yet met with any things concerning the spreading of the gospel to the Gentiles which bears any proportion to the largeness of that commission, "Go, and disciple all nations." The door was opened in the baptizing of Cornelius and his friends; but since then we had the gospel preached to the Jews only, ch. xi. 19. It should seem as if the light which began to shine upon the Gentile world had withdrawn itself. But here in this chapter that work, that great good work, is revived in the midst of the years; and though the Jews shall still have the first offer of the gospel made to them, yet, upon their refusal, the Gentiles shall have their share of the offer of it. Here is, I. The solemn ordination of Barnabas and Saul, by divine direction, to the ministry, to the great work of spreading the gospel among the nations about (and it is probable that other apostles or apostolical men dispersed themselves by order from Christ, upon the same errand, ver. 1-3). II. Their preaching the gospel in Cyprus, and the opposition they met with there from Elymas the sorcerer, ver. 4-13. III. The heads of a sermon which Paul preached to the Jews at Antioch in Pisidia, in their synagogue, which is given us as a specimen of what they usually preached to the Jews, and the method they took with them, ver. 14-41. IV. The preaching of the gospel to the Gentiles at their request, and upon the Jews' refusal of it, wherein the apostles justified themselves against the displeasure which the Jews conceived at it, and God owned them, ver. 42-49. V. The trouble which the infidel Jews gave to the apostles, which obliged them to remove to another place (ver. 50-52), so that the design of this chapter is to show how cautiously, how gradually, and with what good reason the apostles carried the gospel into the Gentile world, and admitted the Gentiles into the church, which was so great an offence to the Jews, and which Paul is so industrious to justify in his epistles.

The Mission of Paul and Barnabas.

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. " alt="St-Takla.org Image: When Paul and Barnabas went to the synagogue those in charge of the service sent them this message: Brothers, if you have any word of encouragement come and give it. (Acts 13: 14-15) - "Paul and Barnabas in Antioch and Iconium" images set (Acts 13:13 - Acts 14:7): image (5) - Acts, Bible illustrations by James Padgett (1931-2009), published by Sweet Media صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: "ودخلوا المجمع يوم السبت وجلسوا. وبعد قراءة الناموس والأنبياء، أرسل إليهم رؤساء المجمع قائلين: أيها الرجال الإخوة، إن كانت عندكم كلمة وعظ للشعب فقولوا" (أعمال الرسل 13: 14-15) - مجموعة "بولس وبرنابا في أنطاكية وأيقونية" (أعمال الرسل 13: 13 - أعمال الرسل 14: 7) - صورة (5) - صور سفر أعمال الرسل، رسم جيمز بادجيت (1931-2009)، إصدار شركة سويت ميديا" width="640" height="480">

St-Takla.org Image: When Paul and Barnabas went to the synagogue those in charge of the service sent them this message: Brothers, if you have any word of encouragement come and give it. (Acts 13: 14-15) - "Paul and Barnabas in Antioch and Iconium" images set (Acts 13:13 - Acts 14:7): image (5) - Acts, Bible illustrations by James Padgett (1931-2009), published by Sweet Media

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: "ودخلوا المجمع يوم السبت وجلسوا. وبعد قراءة الناموس والأنبياء، أرسل إليهم رؤساء المجمع قائلين: أيها الرجال الإخوة، إن كانت عندكم كلمة وعظ للشعب فقولوا" (أعمال الرسل 13: 14-15) - مجموعة "بولس وبرنابا في أنطاكية وأيقونية" (أعمال الرسل 13: 13 - أعمال الرسل 14: 7) - صورة (5) - صور سفر أعمال الرسل، رسم جيمز بادجيت (1931-2009)، إصدار شركة سويت ميديا

2. How the apostles abandoned and rejected the unbelieving Jews (v. 51): They shook off the dust of their feet against them. When they went out of the city they used this ceremony in the sight of those that sat in the gate; or, when they went out of the borders of their country, in the sight of those that were sent to see the country rid of them. Hereby, (1.) They declared that they would have no more to do with them, would take nothing that was theirs; for they sought not theirs, but them. Dust they are, and let them keep their dust to themselves, it shall not cleave to them. (2.) They expressed their detestation of their infidelity, and that, though they were Jews by birth, yet, having rejected the gospel of Christ, they were in their eyes no better than heathen and profane. As Jews and Gentiles, if they believe, are equally acceptable to God and good men; so, if they do not, they are equally abominable. (3.) Thus they set them at defiance, and expressed their contempt of them and their malice, which they looked upon as impotent. It was as much as to say, "Do your worst, we do not fear you; we know whom we serve and whom we have trusted." (4.) Thus they left a testimony behind them that they had had a fair offer made them of the grace of the gospel, which shall be proved against them in the day of judgment. This dust will prove that the preachers of the gospel had been among them, but were expelled by them. Thus Christ had ordered them to do, and for this reason, Matt. x. 14; Luke ix. 5. When they left them, they came to Iconium, not so much for safety, as for work.

3. What frame they left the new converts in at Antioch (v. 52): The disciples, when they saw with what courage and cheerfulness Paul and Barnabas not only bore the indignities that were done them, but went on with their work notwithstanding, they were in like manner inspirited. (1.) They were very cheerful. One would have expected that when Paul and Barnabas were expelled out of their coasts, and perhaps forbidden to return upon pain of death, the disciples would have been full of grief and full of fear, looking for no other than that, if the planters of Christianity go, the plantation would soon come to nothing; or that it would be their turn next to be banished the country, and to them it would be more grievous, for it was their own. But no; they were filled with joy in Christ, had such a satisfactory assurance of Christ's carrying on and perfecting his own work in them and among them, and that either he would screen them from trouble or bear them up under it, that all their fears were swallowed up in their believing joys. (2.) They were courageous, wonderfully animated with a holy resolution to cleave to Christ, whatever difficulties they met with. This seems especially to be meant by their being filled with the Holy Ghost, for the same expression is used of Peter's boldness (ch. iv. 8), and Stephen's (ch. vii. 55), and Paul's, ch. xiii. 9. The more we relish the comforts and encouragements we meet with in the power of godliness, and the fuller our hearts are of them, the better prepared we are to face the difficulties we meet with in the profession of godliness.

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Other commentaries and interpretations on the Book of Acts of the Apostles:
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