Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
So they were sent on their way by the church, and as they passed through both Phoenicia and Samaria, they were relating at length the conversion of the Gentiles and bringing great joy to all the brothers. Acts 15.3
Paul and Barnabas had returned to Antioch. The Holy Spirit had instructed the church in Antioch to send Paul and Barnabas on a mission to spread the gospel through preaching the word, Acts 13.2-3. After completing their mission, they had returned to Antioch, Acts 14.26, and shared with the church how God had opened doors of faith to the Gentiles.
Some time after, there were some men from Judea who arrived in Antioch. They were teaching that you had to follow the law of Moses to be saved.
Paul and Barnabas argued and debated with them about this. The church decided to send Paul, Barnabas, and some other men to meet with the apostles and elders of the church in Jerusalem. As they traveled, they related to Christians along the way of the conversion of the Gentiles. The reaction of the brothers was one of joy.
Before this, we always see Jews and Gentiles. The two were quite separate and were not compatible. However, through the death of Jesus on the cross, the wall of division was abolished. In Christ, we are all one. We have different gifts and abilities, but we make up only one body, Christ’s body, Galatians 3.28. Are you in that body?