Acts 13: 32-52

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Acts 13:32-52

Sermon in the Temple II

32 And we declare to you glad tidings — that 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:

‘You are My Son, Today I have begotten You.’              

Again Paul is pointing back and showing how that all of the things that relate to the life of Jesus were prophesied and predicted in the Old Testament

The cults use this phrase especially a Jehovah’s witness or a Mormon, “This day have I begotten you,” to say, “Jesus was the first created Being. He’s important, He’s wonderful,” “but He’s not God. He was created.” Wait a minute. They’re missing the point. What day? The day of His Resurrection.

Psalm 2, as quoted here by Paul, is not talking about the Incarnation, but about the Resurrection. Jesus is unique among all men by virtue of the fact that He rose again from the dead. It’s not the womb David is speaking of—it’s the tomb. This is a key understanding when you talk with people who try to sell you Watchtower Magazine, or the Book of Mormon. Look at the context. Paul is talking about Jesus being raised from the dead.

34 And that He raised Him from the dead, no more to return to corruption, He has spoken thus: (Isaiah 55:3)   ‘I will give you the sure mercies of David.’

35 Therefore He also says in another Psalm:  (Psalms16:10)  ‘You will not allow Your Holy One to see corruption.’ 36 “For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell asleep, was buried with his fathers, and saw corruption; 37 but He whom God raised up saw no corruption

The corruption spoken of here is in regard to the decomposition of a dead body. This promise, although given to David, does not apply to him, for he would indeed see corruption as his body decayed in the grave. And so the prophecy was not to David but it was to the seed of David.

38 Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins; ; 39 and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses.

We have the privilege of telling people, even as Paul told his audience, “Through this Man called Jesus is the forgiveness of sin.”

God has declared you innocent! Through Jesus Christ not only are you forgiven, you’re justified! The slate has been wiped clean! Your past sins are blotted out! Never to be brought up against you. Your record is clean through Jesus Christ.

Man’s greatest need is God’s greatest deed. The greatest need for your son or daughter or your husband or wife, friend, or relative the greatest need for every person is the same: forgiveness.

For the one trying to do good works to gain their salvation & keep “their blessing” those works will never qualify them for salvation. Paul states very clearly you could not be justified by the law of Moses. The Law of Moses could not justify anybody.

It was impossible that the blood of goats or bulls could put away sin just as the Law could do was cover sin. Even as David spoke of how blessed or happy is the man whose sin is covered. If you are one who was happy because your sin is covered by keeping the Law, you ought to really be ecstatic when you realize your sins have been taken away.  THAT MEANS:

They don’t exist. They have been wiped out! Being forgiven is, that’s better than covered, but God takes it one step more. He wipes the slate clean! That is justification and we have been justified through faith in Jesus Christ. The law of Moses could not do that!

Yet many that profess Christ don’t get it. They know our old sins are forgiven, but think, Now I’ve got to toe the line and make sure I don’t mess up from here on out. That’s not salvation. That’s not justification.

Every sin you’ve ever committed, or are presently committing, or ever will commit in the future is forgiven and forgotten because Jesus paid the consequences for those sins at the cross!

That is why the bible says where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, The price has been paid.

40 Beware therefore, lest what has been spoken in the prophets come upon you: In other words there is another prophecy that you need to be careful about. That’s the prophecy of Habakkuk. (Habakkuk 1:5)

41 ‘Behold, 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.'”

There are people even now, saying, “I don’t believe I am justified. I’ve got to prove my morality, prove my righteousness, prove my spirituality.” Habakkuk 1, quoted here in verse 41, says the work of salvation is so wonderful that there will be those who will not believe it. They’ll just say, “It’s too good to be true.”

The fact is it’s so good it has to be true!

Only an omnipotent God could provide total justification and complete forgiveness of sin. Only a loving God would provide.”

God has done the work of redemption. God has done the work of providing the forgiveness of sins and justification through Jesus Christ

God has done the work of salvation there’s nothing that we can do. You can’t work your way into righteousness. It’s not by the works of righteousness but it is by Jesus Christ. We’ve been saved and justified. It’s God’s work of redemption.

Because God has done a work beware that you are not a part of that prophecy of those that don’t believe.    

Blessing and Conflict at Antioch

42 So when the Jews went out of the synagogue, the Gentiles begged that these words might be preached to them the next Sabbath.

I want to bring my friends. I want them to hear this. This is great! Preach the same sermon next Sunday

43 Now when the congregation had broken up, many of the Jews and devout proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas, who, speaking to them persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.                          

Even though they heard the message of God’s grace over and over; this same group had to be addressed later in the Book of Galatians because they believed those who came to them, saying, “It’s nice that you’re believers in Jesus and that you think you’re forgiven. But if you really want to be spiritual, you must be circumcised because spirituality and misery go hand in hand.” (Jewish roots-blessing & cursing)

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 opposed the things spoken by Paul. 46 Then Paul and Barnabas grew bold and said, “It was necessary that the word of God should be spoken to you first; but since you reject it, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, behold, we turn to the Gentiles. 47 For so the Lord has commanded us: (Isaiah 49:6) ‘I have set you as a light to the Gentiles, that you should be for salvation to the ends of the earth.’

Can you hear Paul say “Okay we’ve given you the message but seeing you Jews don’t want to hear it. You count yourself unworthy of the everlasting life that God has promised through Jesus.

For that reason we’re going to share with the Gentiles for the message of the gospel is not for any ethnic group exclusively. It’s for all the people of the world.

In the very beginning of this book of Acts Jesus commanded the disciples go unto all the world and preach the gospel.

48 Now when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and glorified the word of the Lord. And as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed. .

Who believed? Those who were ordained (appointed) to believe.

Jesus said John 15:16. “You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you,” A man doesn’t decide to be saved. A man must be ordained, appointed, chosen, predestined, and elected to be saved.

Some one may say “That’s not fair,” “What if I’m not ordained to be saved?”

Well, get saved and you’ll find that you were ordained and elected to receive Jesus Christ!

As many as had been appointed or ordained to eternal life believed. This is a divine mystery incomprehensible to our finite minds and must be filed under Truths that in our minds we cannot reconcile.

That is the truth of the sovereignty of God concerning the election of God. When the Bible says as many as were appointed or ordained to eternal life. We must ask who appointed or ordained them to eternal life? (A) God.

Yet, but though God is sovereign and has elected and chosen that we should be in Christ before the foundation of the earth. God has also ordained that we must exercise our capacity of choice that he has given to us.

So the gospel is to whosoever will! Let him come!  And the coming is up to you.  You must come! You must exercise your power of choice in coming to Jesus Christ.

So is that mystery of the sovereignty of God and the human responsibility.

The choice that God has given a man remains a mystery, unsolved by all the theologians through their argumentations throughout the centuries. Men lining up on one side. Men lining up on the other side when both sides are correct!! And that’s why the argument keeps going.  So when you read As many as were appointed or ordained to eternal life believed. Just remember their belief was a matter of choice as it always is! Yet as many as had been appointed or chosen did believe. Does it really matter if you were chosen or you chose as long as you’re saved?

Unfortunately this topic of theology divides the body of Christ even when it is all inclusive to all people because we allow it to miss the point of How we are to love God and love our neighbor.

49 And the word of the Lord was being spread throughout all the region. . In the area of Galatia and God’s Word is now spreading.

In the culture of that day, the Roman influence and the Grecian influence, women were held in very low esteem. The Greeks used to say that every man should have a girl friend to accompany him at the parties. A prostitute for his sexual pleasure therefore sexual immorality was rampant. . And a wife to bear his legitimate children and taking care of the kids. And that was their view of marriage and women. (A very low view.)

So the honorable women or the women whose husbands were the judges and the magistrates, the city leaders and so forth, were often times drawn to the Jewish religion because it did place a much higher value upon being a wife, being a mother, and the faithfulness in marriage.

50 But the Jews stirred up the devout and prominent women and the chief men of the city, raised up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them from their region

51 But they shook off the dust from their feet against them, and came to Iconium. (Not far away in that same general area in Galatia)

52 And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit. Those two are synonymous, joy and the Holy Spirit which the believer will experience when we draw close to the Lord.

In life and in ministry, we will either “shake it off” or get shaken up. Those who shake the dust off their feet when a challenge of our faith comes or when rejection hits will go on.

Those who get shaken up will quit and walk away from the Lord. I pray you and I will be those who, like Paul and Barnabas, shake off the dust and keep going in order that those around us might be “filled with joy and with the Holy Ghost.”

So next week we go into the work at Iconium and we will complete the first missionary journey. And we will see the remainder of Paul’s ministry in Galatia and their return to Antioch