Thursday, May 25 – Acts 13:48

May 24, 2023

When the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord; and all who had been appointed to eternal life believed.

 

While many churches in our country, particularly the South, are homogenous, the global church of Christ is made up of people of all different languages, tribes, tongues, colors, genders, ethnicities, professions, and socioeconomic standing. The church is not made up of one type of person because the gospel is for all people (Matthew 28:18-19).

 

The missionary work lived out through the book of Acts makes this clear. When the church at Antioch fasted, prayed, laid their hands on Saul and Barnabas, and sent them out to do the work God called them to, they were sending them out to all nations. Saul and Barnabas preached the gospel to the Jews, and when they rejected the gospel message, the missionaries turned to the Gentiles because they were receptive. This answer defined a pattern Paul would follow throughout his missionary work—preaching first to the Jews and, when they rejected his message, preaching to the Gentiles.

 

Those who reject the gospel are rejecting eternal life, for that life is found only in Jesus Christ. Paul and Barnabas had followed the Spirit’s leadership into missionary work. In doing so, all types of people came to Christ and rejoiced in their salvation. A new church was planted, and God’s kingdom grew. From the Old Testament to the New, God is the God of all people.

 

  • What influence did Paul’s conviction and obedience to go to the Gentiles have throughout history and on your own salvation?
  • Is our church a place where modern-day “Gentiles” are welcome? Explain. How can we do better?
  • Rejoice in the Lord that His salvation is for all who believe. Ask Him to show you opportunities to share the gospel with those who do not feel like they belong in the family of God.
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