Jul. 10. Paul and Barnabas Continue Mission

Acts 13:13-43

Paul, Barnabas and John Mark concluded their work in Paphos and sailed to Perga in Pamphylia. For some unknown reason, John Mark left them and returned to Jerusalem.

After a brief time in Perga, the apostles continued to Antioch of Pisidia. They went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day and after the reading of the Law and the Prophets, the rulers of the synagogue invited them to speak.

Paul stood up, motioned with his hand and began teaching. He introduced his message by pointing out the common bonds between himself and his hearers. He began with the Children of Israel in Egyptian slavery and related the history of the Jewish nation up to the life and death of Christ. His speech included the promise of a Savior that God had made to their fathers and how that it was fulfilled by the resurrection of Jesus.

Various quotations from the Psalms were given by Paul to substantiate the story of Jesus. He referred to the fact that David had died, was buried and that his body had decayed. Christ however had died, but His body was raised by God and did not decay.

Paul ended his lesson by pointing out that through this Man, forgiveness of sins is possible and that those who believe can be justified. He contrasted justification by faith in Christ with the Law of Moses, which could not justify a person.

Many of the Jews, proselytes and Gentiles begged Paul and Barnabas to return the next Sabbath and continue preaching.