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Jesus & the Kingdom
(Category 14 of 16)
Watch our Read Scripture video on the book of Acts, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. This is the second of two Read Scripture videos dedicated to the book of Acts, which aims to help you see its unique contribution to the story of Jesus, but also how it works within the Bible’s overall framework.
In Acts, Jesus sends the Holy Spirit to empower his disciples as they carry the good news of his kingdom to the nations of the world.
Explore Acts 13-28
ACTS 13-28: (RS)
CHAPTER 13 References
1 aActs 14:26
1 Now ain the church that was at Antioch there were certain
prophets and teachers: bBarnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, cLucius of Cyrene, Manaen who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.
2 As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, a“Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work bto which I have called them.”
3 Then, ahaving fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away.
Preaching in Cyprus
4 So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to aCyprus.
5 And when they arrived in Salamis, athey preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews. They also had bJohn as their assistant.
6 Now when they had gone through 1the island to Paphos, they found aa certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew whose name was Bar- Jesus,
7 who was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, an intelligent man. This man called for Barnabas and Saul and sought to hear the word of God.
8 But aElymas the sorcerer (for so his name is translated) 1withstood them, seeking to turn the proconsul away from the faith.
9 Then Saul, who also is called Paul, afilled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him
10 and said, “O full of all deceit and all fraud, ayou son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease perverting the straight ways of the Lord?
11 “And now, indeed, athe hand of the Lord is upon you, and you shall be blind, not seeing the sun for a time.” And immediately a dark mist fell on him, and he went around seeking someone to lead him by the hand.
12 Then the proconsul believed, when he saw what had been done, being astonished at the teaching of the Lord.
At Antioch in Pisidia
13 Now when Paul and his party set sail from Paphos, they came to Perga in Pamphylia; and aJohn, departing from them, returned to Jerusalem.
14 But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and awent into the synagogue on the Sabbath day and sat down.
15 And aafter the reading of the Law and the Prophets, the rulers of the synagogue sent to them, saying, “Men and brethren, if you have bany word of 1exhortation for the people, say on.”
1 bActs 11:22
2 aGal. 1:15;
2:9 bHeb. 5:4
3 aActs 6:6
4 aActs 4:36
5 a[Acts 13:46] bActs 12:25;
6 aActs 8:9
8 aEx. 7:11
9 aActs 2:4;
10 aMatt. 13:38
11 a1 Sam. 5:6
13 aActs 15:38
14 aActs 16:13
15 aLuke 4:16
16 aActs 10:35
17 aDeut. 7:6–8
cEx. 14:8 1M
19 aDeut. 7:1
bJosh. 14:1, 2;
20 aJudg. 2:16
b1 Sam. 3:20
21 a1 Sam. 8:5
22 a1 Sam.
15:23, 26, 28
b1 Sam. 16:1,
12, 13 cPs.
89:20 d1 Sam.
23 aIs. 11:1
c[Matt. 1:21] 1M salvation,
24 a[Luke 3:3] 25 aMark 1:7
bJohn 1:20, 27
26 aPs. 66:16
27 aLuke 23:34
29 aLuke 18:31
12:39, 40; 28:6
31 aActs 1:3,
32 a[Gen. 3:15]
16 Then Paul stood up, and motioning with his hand said, “Men of Israel, and ayou who fear God, listen:
17 “The God of this people 1Israel achose our fathers, and exalted the people bwhen they dwelt as strangers in the land of Egypt, and with 2an uplifted arm He cbrought them out of it.
18 “Now afor a time of about forty years He put up with their ways in the wilderness.
19 “And when He had destroyed aseven nations in the land of , bHe distributed their land to them by allotment.
20 “After that aHe gave them judges for about four hundred and fifty years, buntil Samuel the prophet.
21 a“And afterward they asked for a king; so God gave them bSaul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years.
22 “And awhen He had removed him, bHe raised up for them David as king, to whom also He gave testimony and said, c‘I have found David the son of Jesse, da man after My own heart, who will do all My will.’
23 a“From this man’s seed, according bto the promise, God raised up for Israel ca1 Savior—Jesus—
24 a“after John had first preached, before His coming, the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.
25 “And as John was finishing his course, he said, a‘Who do you think I am? I am not He. But behold, bthere comes One after me, the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to loose.’
26 “Men and brethren, sons of the 1family of Abraham, and athose among you who fear God, bto you the 2word of this salvation has been sent.
27 “For those who dwell in Jerusalem, and their rulers, abecause they did not know Him, nor even the voices of the Prophets which are read every Sabbath, have fulfilled them in condemning Him.
28 a“And though they found no cause for death in Him, they asked Pilate that He should be put to death.
29 a“Now when they had fulfilled all that was written concerning Him, bthey took Him down from the tree and laid Him in a tomb.
30 a“But God raised Him from the dead.
31 a“He was seen for many days by those who came up with Him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are His witnesses to the people.
32 “And we declare to you glad tidings— athat promise which was made to the fathers.
33 “God has fulfilled this for us their children, in that He has raised up Jesus. As it is also written in the second Psalm:
a‘You are My Son, Today I have begotten You.’
34 “And that He raised Him from the dead, no more to return to 1corruption, He has spoken thus:
a‘I will give you the sure 2mercies of David.’
35 “Therefore He also says in another Psalm:
a‘You will not allow Your Holy One to see corruption.’
36 “For David, after he had served 1his own generation by the will of God, afell asleep, was buried with his fathers, and 2saw corruption;
37 “but He whom God raised up 1saw no corruption.
38 “Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that athrough this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins;
39 “and aby Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses.
40 “Beware therefore, lest what has been spoken in the prophets come upon you:
41 ‘Behold,a you despisers, Marvel and perish! For I work a work in your days, A work which you will by no means believe, Though one were to declare it to you.’ ”
Blessing and Conflict at Antioch
42 1So when the Jews went out of the synagogue, the Gentiles begged that these words might be preached to them the next Sabbath.
43 Now when the congregation had broken up, many of the Jews and devout proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas, who, speaking to them, apersuaded them to continue in bthe grace of God.
44 On the next Sabbath almost the whole city came together to hear the word of God.
45 But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy; and contradicting and blaspheming, they aopposed the things spoken by Paul.
46 Then Paul and Barnabas grew bold and said, a“It was necessary that the word of God should be spoken to you first; but bsince you reject it, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, behold, cwe turn to the Gentiles.
47 “For so the Lord has commanded us:
a‘I have set you as a light to the Gentiles,
33 aPs. 2:7;
34 aIs. 55:3
1the state of
35 aPs. 16:10;
36 aActs 2:29
1in his 2underwent
38 aJer. 31:34
39 a[Is. 53:11;
John 3:16] 41 aHab. 1:5
42 1Or And
went out of
Jews; NU And
43 aActs 11:23
1 Pet. 5:12
45 aActs 18:6;
1 Pet. 4:4;
46 aMatt. 10:6;
Is. 55:5; Matt.
47 aIs. 42:6;
48 a[Acts 2:47] 50 aActs 7:52;
2 Tim. 3:11
9:5] 52 aMatt. 5:12;
bActs 2:4; 4:8,
CHAPTER 14 References
1 aJohn 7:35;
Rom. 1:14, 16;
1 Cor. 1:22
3 aMark 16:20;
2:4 bActs 5:12
4 aLuke 12:51
bActs 13:2, 3
5 a2 Tim. 3:11
6 aMatt. 10:23
8 aActs 3:2
9 1Lit. Who
10 a[Is. 35:6] 11 aActs 8:10;
That you should be for salvation to the ends of the earth.’ ”
48 Now when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and glorified the word of the Lord. aAnd as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed.
49 And the word of the Lord was being spread throughout all the region.
50 But the Jews stirred up the devout and prominent women and the chief men of the city, araised up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them from their region.
51 aBut they shook off the dust from their feet against them, and came to Iconium.
52 And the disciples awere filled with joy and bwith the Holy Spirit.
1 Now it happened in Iconium that they went together to the synagogue of the Jews, and so spoke that a great multitude both of the Jews and of the aGreeks believed.
2 But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles and 1poisoned their 2minds against the brethren.
3 Therefore they stayed there a long time, speaking boldly in the Lord, awho was bearing witness to the word of His grace, granting signs and bwonders to be done by their hands.
4 But the multitude of the city was adivided: part sided with the Jews, and part with the bapostles.
5 And when a violent attempt was made by both the Gentiles and Jews, with their rulers, ato abuse and stone them,
6 they became aware of it and afled to Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and to the surrounding region.
7 And they were preaching the gospel there.
Idolatry at Lystra
8 aAnd in Lystra a certain man without strength in his feet was sitting, a cripple from his mother’s womb, who had never walked.
9 This man heard Paul speaking. 1Paul, observing him intently and seeing that he had faith to be healed,
10 said with a loud voice, a“Stand up straight on your feet!” And he leaped and walked.
11 Now when the people saw what Paul had done, they raised their voices, saying in the Lycaonian language, a“The gods have come down to us in the likeness of men!”
12 And Barnabas they called 1Zeus, and Paul, 2Hermes, because he was the chief speaker.
13 Then the priest of Zeus, whose temple was in front of their city, brought oxen and garlands to the
gates, aintending to sacrifice with the multitudes.
14 But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard this, athey tore their clothes and ran in among the multitude, crying out
15 and saying, “Men, awhy are you doing these things? bWe also are men with the same nature as you, and preach to you that you should turn from cthese useless things dto the living God, ewho made the heaven, the earth, the sea, and all things that are in them,
16 a“who in bygone generations allowed all nations to walk in their own ways.
17 a“Nevertheless He did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good, bgave us rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with cfood and gladness.”
18 And with these sayings they could scarcely restrain the multitudes from sacrificing to them.
Stoning, Escape to Derbe
19 aThen Jews from Antioch and Iconium came there; and having persuaded the multitudes, bthey stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing him to be cdead.
20 However, when the disciples gathered around him, he rose up and went into the city. And the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe.
Strengthening the Converts
21 And when they had preached the gospel to that city aand made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch,
22 strengthening the souls of the disciples, aexhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, b“We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.”
23 So when they had aappointed elders in every church, and prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed.
24 And after they had passed through Pisidia, they came to Pamphylia.
25 Now when they had preached the word in Perga, they went down to Attalia.
26 From there they sailed to Antioch, where they had been commended to the grace of God for the work which they had completed.
27 Now when they had come and gathered the church together, athey reported all that God had done with them, and that He had bopened the door of faith to the Gentiles.
28 So they stayed there a long time with the disciples.
13 aDan. 2:46
14 aMatt. 26:65
15 aActs 10:26
c1 Cor. 8:4
d1 Thess. 1:9
16 aPs. 81:12
17 aRom. 1:19,
19 aActs 13:45,
b2 Cor. 11:25
12:1–4] 21 aMatt. 28:19
22 aActs 11:23
b[2 Tim. 2:12;
3:12] 23 aTitus 1:5
27 aActs 15:4,
12 b2 Cor. 2:12
The LORD the Strength of His People
A Song of Ascents.
1 THOSE who trust in the LORD Are like Mount Zion, Which cannot be moved, but abides forever.
2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem, So the LORD surrounds His people From this time forth and forever.
3 For athe scepter of wickedness shall not rest On the land allotted to the righteous, Lest the righteous reach out their hands to iniquity.
PSALM 125 References
3 aProv. 22:8;
5 aProv. 2:15;
Is. 59:8 bPs.
4 Do good, O LORD, to those who are good, And to those who are upright in their hearts.
5 As for such as turn aside to their acrooked ways, The LORD shall lead them away With the workers of iniquity.
bPeace be upon Israel!
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