Word about Paul and Barnabas spread throughout the city that week and by the next Sabbath, almost all the whole city came to hear them speak. The people had a desire to hear the word of God. Being filled with envy, the Jewish leadership however viewed the missionaries as a threat to their positions and traditions.
When the apostles recognized the attitude of the Jews, they spoke directly to them and said, “It was necessary that the word of God should be spoken to you first; but since you reject it, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, behold, we turn to the Gentiles.”
Paul then quoted from Isaiah 49:6, “I have set you as a light to the Gentiles, that you should be for salvation to the ends of the earth.”
The Gentiles were pleased that they were included in God’s plan to hear the gospel and they glorified God. God has appointed that those who are willing to accept His word should be saved. Those Gentiles did accept the teachings of Paul and did believe.