If we are faithful to preach and witness the pure gospel of grace in Jesus Christ, we must expect there will be opposition. First, let’s start with the good news.
“Now at Iconium they entered together into the Jewish synagogue and spoke in such a way that a great number of both Jews and Greeks believed” (Acts 14:1).
Paul and Barnabas spoke in such a “manner” that the message of the gospel was received because the Holy Spirit was working through the speakers and in the hearers. This is not because these two men took a class in public speaking or had practiced what to say before going out in public. It was formed in their hearts and lives along with knowing that the Lord was working with them (Mark 16:20). This is confirmed in verse 3.
“So, they remained for a long time, speaking boldly for the Lord, who bore witness to the word of His grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands” (Acts 14:3). This is what the disciples prayed for in Acts 4:29-32. It continued to take place.
At the same time, “the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brothers.” When the gospel is presented in its purity, we should never be surprised that there will come opposition against it. The risk was high for Paul and Barnabas, but it was worth the great number who were saved. Let the work of God speak for itself so He receives the glory for what is accomplished.
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