Change from a Jewish church in Jerusalem to include Gentiles at Antioch brings added blessings. Agabus, a prophet from Jerusalem, comes to Antioch and “foretold by the Holy Spirit that there would be a great famine over all the world…So the disciples determined, every one according to his ability, to send relief to the brothers living in Judea. And they did so, sending it to the elders by the hand of Barnabas and Saul.” (Acts 11:28–30).
How would the believers in Jerusalem receive this gift? Perhaps they were a little shocked to receive this from persons they doubted were the genuine work of God. This blessing was more than provision of funds to see the Jerusalem and Judea churches through a difficult time. It was an act of oneness and unity of the Spirit in forming in the body of Christ two nationalities and cultures that were very much opposed to each other. Now it did not matter that some were Jews and some were Gentiles. It was God who had worked through persecution to cause scattering and the same Spirit who worked through the gospel of grace in both and was now allowing a practical gift to be sent back to Jerusalem as a message of unity they had in the Spirit.
What blessings are we missing by not submitting ourselves completely to the movement of God in the power of the Holy Spirit?
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