- Acts 13:47-52
- Acts 13:47 (KJB)
- For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be
a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends
of the earth.
- (Isa 49:6 KJV) And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest
be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved
of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou
mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth. Here
the Apostle Paul quotes from Isaiah which states his purpose. Paul was now
the Apostle to the Gentiles and it was through his ministry that the Gospel
would begin to spread throughout the Roman Empire and then beyond. This was
the beginning of the fulfillment of the prophecy of Isaiah which was
prophesied about 700 years before the cross. The light of the Gentiles was
the Gospel itself as those who became saved had departed out of the false
religions with their idols. (1 Th 1:9 KJV) For they themselves
show of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to
God from idols to serve the living and true God; The
verse from 1 Thessalonians showed not only what happened there, but in all
the areas where the true Gospel is preached and people become saved. Even
today, there are countries which have many idols attached to their religion
and once a person becomes saved, they leave that religion and the
- Acts 13:48 (KJB)
- 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.
- Ordained - Having been appointed
- The Gentiles who heard the true word of God were not just glad in the
happy sense but were rejoicing in what they heard. They were used to hearing
about the same old religions with the same old false idols. Now the true
Gospel has come to them with the promise of the resurrection of their bodies
and eternal life. This is something that their false religions never could
promise them and if they did, it would only be an empty promise with eternal
consequences. The last part of this verse is hated by those who believe in
free will. Those who believed and glorified the word of God were the ones
whom God had chosen before the foundation of the world. These are the Elect
who were appointed to eternal life and that appointment came from God
Himself. Just like those witnesses who saw the Lord Jesus Christ after His
resurrection were chosen, those who will have eternal life are chosen by God
before the foundation of the world. Those who rejoiced were qualified to do
so by God Himself.
- Acts 13:49 (KJB)
- And the word of the Lord was published throughout all the region.
- Was published - Was being carried or spread
- As a result of all those who were becoming saved, the entire region was
hearing the word of God. The Greek word for “was published” is in the
imperfect tense and the imperfect tense emphasizes the course or progression
of an event but not the entire event. In other words, the word here is
describing the fact that the word of God was progressively, town by town,
being carried or published throughout the entire region and then beyond.
(Psa 68:11 KJV) The Lord gave the word: great was the company of
those that published it.
- Acts 13:50 (KJB)
- 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.
- Expelled - Cast out
- The Jews seeing that the word of God was spreading and that they feared
for their own positions, had gone to some women who were God-fearing but
they had convinced them that Paul and Barnabas were wrong and wanted them to
use their sphere of influence to do something about them. So they had gone
to the chief men of the city and convinced them that Paul and Barnabas were
wrong. So these city officials approached them and cast them out of their
coasts, which means the area under their supervision. So they were expelled
from Pisidia but Paul knew that there would have been other men in the area
who could carry on the ministry in their absence.
- Acts 13:51 (KJB)
- But they shook off the dust of their feet against them, and came unto
- Just as the Lord Jesus told His disciples to do to those who would not
receive them and their words, the Apostle Paul and Barnabas had done the
same thing and that is to shake the dust off their feet as a testimony
against them. (Mat 10:14 KJV) And whosoever shall not receive you,
nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the
dust of your feet. So they left Antioch in Pisidia and
went to Iconium. Iconium was located about 75 miles (121 KM) southeast from
Antioch in the region of Galatia.
- Acts 13:52 (KJB)
- And the disciples were filled with joy, and with the Holy Ghost.
- The bit of persecution did not stop the disciples in Antioch from
continuing to spread the word of God and to rejoice in the word. The word
“fill” in the Greek is in the imperfect tense and you remember that it
signifies a course or progression of an event. These disciples were
continually being filled with joy and the Holy Ghost to give them power and
strength to continue to send forth the Gospel. This verse could also be
pointing to the Apostle Paul and his entourage who knew that they had left
behind some good teachings and that the word of God would continue to grow
in the believers and then beyond the borders of Pisidia.