SUBJ: Paul's preaching at Antioch
in Pisidia and the fundamental Gospel precept that was conveyed there;
first to the Jews and then to the Gentiles who joyously received it.
AIM: That we might remain anchored
to the basic truth of forgiveness as essential and to be had only in
Christ our Lord.
INTR: In thinking of the Acts of
the Apostles our mind often goes first to Peter and the day of Pentecost
and the powerful manifestation of the Spirit there. This brings us an
equally important message as Paul is turned to the Gentiles.
importance of this thirteenth chapter of Acts in that we are led into a
beloved account of missionary endeavor initiated by the Holy Spirit and
engaged in by Paul, Barnabas and others.
2. They travelled from
Antioch to Cyprus and then to Perga from where they went inland north to
Antioch. This account is deemed important so that detail is recorded
here as was Pentecost.
3. The narrative follows the lines of much of
the Gospel preaching to the Jews in that it recounts the history along
with the failures of the Jews culminating in the rejection of the very
One the prophets had promised whose voices they did not hear!!
THESIS: It is the most fundamental
truth of the need of forgiveness and the provision of it in Jesus Christ
our Lord that is hidden, perverted, disguised and opposed by the forces
of evil struggling to prevent the simple faith of God's people. Thus it
is to this we must and again and again lay hold on Christ.
Message preached to all (vv. 26-39)
1. The term used by Paul here
calling Jesus "this man" is used to define Him as the One who had been
crucified by the Jews and whom God had raised from the dead.
is none other than Jesus Christ our Lord, God manifest in the flesh,
crucified, risen and coming again.
3. We must know that the
resurrection is never separated from the Gospel in that it is the
confirmation of sins being dealt with successfully in Christ. Note the
comparison between David and Christ!!
4. In so stating that Jesus is
the source of our forgiveness certain things are understood:
Forgiveness is a must in the needs of fallen man
2) It could not have
come by any other means in that men do not have the ability to come and
typically seek confirmation in their sins.
3) Forgiveness that
includes justification must be obtained by another.
4) It is that
which brings freedom from sin in every respect.
through "this man" brings reconciliation with God
5. It is the
subject of preaching and of necessity is received with:
understanding that one is a sinner and has offended God
2) That it is
personal in that each stand as condemned before God.
3) It is the
resurrection message of Romans 10 and other places pointing to faith in
6. So it is that justification is full and complete and
includes sin in all its forms and substance both original and original.
7. This is how salvation is realized in Christ alone - it is through
II. The warning issued (vv. 40-42)
unbelieving Jews denied the prophesied Christ and thus became the
fulfillment of a prophecy themselves. A powerful twofold message - "You
will not come to me that you might have life..."
2. As it was with the
furnishing of the Wedding Supper with guests, so it is with the Gospel –
it will be believed, and the Lord will respond to the faith of those who
3. The bringing of dead sinners to life is the mighty work
prophesied in v. 41 and it was happening in their day and ours and men
see the evidence and still do not believe and it is He who is working.
4. The assurance is that they will come, and we pray for the comers that
III. God responded to the Jews and to us (vv. 43-52)
1. The desire of the Gentiles and the result seen in v. 48
2. See v.
46 and the conclusion reached in the rejectors
1) They put it from
2) They judged themselves unworthy of everlasting life
message would go to the Gentiles and to others who rejoiced at the news
that forgiveness is to found.
3. Paul preached out of an undeniable
burdened for lost sinners, the Jews denies because of their passion for
their own pride, the broken and contrite repented and believed the
Gospel and the discovery is that God had ordained. Each situation is
real, and in each is found the cause whereby salvation is received or
rejected. Our burden is that of Paul.