Acts 13 September 18, 1966
Teaching on Paul’s first recorded sermon with some emphasis on geography and journeys of Paul and others.
SNT – 224
Publication Date: 09-18-1966
Victor Paul Wierwille was a Bible scholar and teacher for over four decades.
By means of Dr. Wierwille's dynamic teaching of the accuracy and integrity of God's Word, foundational class and advanced class graduates of Power for Abundant Living have learned that the one great requirement for every student of the Bible is to rightly divide the Word of Truth. Thus, his presentation of the Word of God was designed for students who desire the in-depth-accuracy of God’s Word.
In his many years of research, Dr. Wierwille studied with such men as Karl Barth, E. Stanley Jones, Glenn Clark, Bishop K.C. Pillai, and George M. Lamsa. His formal training included Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Theology degrees from Mission House (Lakeland) College and Seminary. He studied at the University of Chicago and at Princeton Theological Seminary from which he received a Master of Theology degree in Practical Theology. Later he completed his work for the Doctor of Theology degree.
Dr. Wierwille taught the first class on Power for Abundant Living in 1953.
Books by Dr. Wierwille include: Are the Dead Alive Now? published in 1971; Receiving the Holy Spirit Today published in 1972; five volumes of Studies in Abundant Living— The Bible Tells Me So (1971), The New, Dynamic Church (1971), The Word's Way (1971), God's Magnified Word (1977), Order My Steps in Thy Word (1985); Jesus Christ Is Not God (1975); Jesus Christ Our Passover (1980); and Jesus Christ Our Promised Seed (1982).
Dr. Wierwille researched God's Word, taught, wrote, and traveled worldwide, holding forth the accuracy of God's "wonderful, matchless" Word.
Act 13:11-27; (Act 8:30, 31)
SUMMARY KEYWORDS: God, Barnabas, people, Paul, Antioch, revelation, word, prophets, man, read, hear, lord, church, verse, Jesus, map, Gentiles, raised, deputy, spoke
...records in the book of acts are uniquely that's. And if you take the time to read and to study the book of Acts, you will get one of the greatest knowledge that you could possibly have in the world of the rise and the expansion of the Christian church. You know, when you read sections in the book of Acts, then you can go to the Pauline epistles, for instance. And you can read about the epistle that was addressed to the church that had been founded according to the history that's given of it in the book of Acts. In the back of your Bibles, some of you have maps. And I wonder if you all of you are in the back of the Bible, if you have a map of Paul's missionary journeys. If you have one of those maps, of course, I'd like for you to check the night, keep your finger in that page, where the map is, and start to get the picture of this particular thing. I'm from the 13th chapter I'm going to be teaching tonight. This particular 13th chapter, we'll deal with the first missionary journey of the Apostle Paul. In the 13th chapter in the first verse, we read, now that we're in the church that was at Antioch, and this Antioch is in Syria. Have you located it on the map? I have a map here that Mrs. Allen made available to me tonight. I wish it were larger, then you could all see it. But I'm sure you people back in the auditorium cannot see it. But someday we got to get a big map boards up here on the wall that I can pull back and forth. I only need it once every six years, maybe. But when I needed I needed the nights one of the nights I needed. But this area through here which is the northern part of Palestine. That area is Syria. And this Antioch is in the northern part of Syria, below Antioch quite some ways is the city of Damascus, Have you located it on your map? Alright, right. If you've got the starting point, you're in business. So there was in the church that was at Antioch, certain prophets and teachers, prophets and teachers, men who had the ministry of prophets and teachers, and it named some of them Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucia of Cerini. And this is real interesting. Because when Jesus was crucified, who carried the cross, from Jerusalem, to Calvary, Simon avadh, 3d, and that, now you see, quite a number of years later, there is a man from the Rini, in Antioch of Syria. And I wonder, who influenced him? Who took the word back to 3d? Who was the one who brought the message to these people in that area? Could it have been the man who borrowed the cross for Jesus to Calvary? Well, anyways, at Antioch, there was Lucia, of Cerini, and Linnaean, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch. He was a government official as a man in high political circles. And so, so was his Hebrew name. Paul was his Greek name. These men, prophets and teachers, were all gathered together at Antioch, in Syria.
How would I have enjoyed that not to be in that church would not have been a dandy without great knowledge of God's word that Paul had, with the love that Barnabas had? And with the testimonies that would come from the work of men like Simon of 3d down in that section of the country, back up here with these men, Lucia, and with the heads of state, men who were born again a God's Spirit and were prophets or teachers all gathered together at that one place. I really Don't worry that God must have been in that community to have all of those great teachers and prophets at that church in Antioch in Syria. Verse two, and as they these prophets and teachers ministered to the Lord, and fasted, that does not mean they gave up bread. Our potatoes are super apple butter. To fast means to do the work for the Lord remembering Isaiah, they healed the sick they did so forth. As they ministered to the Lord, carrying out the work of the ministry while they were busy ministry, the Holy Ghost, the new Maha God, the Holy Spirit, said, The Holy Spirit said, now how can the Holy Spirit said the only way it could be is by revelation manifestation, the word of knowledge and the word of wisdom. Well, there were prophets, there were teachers, there were men of God. And these men were filled with all these spirits. they ministered to the Lord in Antioch of Syria, men and women were really being blessed by the word of the Lord. And one time in a meeting or sometime in a meeting, as they were ministering the Holy Ghost by revelation said, Separate Barnabas and Saul, or the workaround to I have told them of all those men that are gathered there, the Holy Spirit said, I want Bournemouth and I want so I've got a very special mission for them to carry out. And when they had fasted, when they have continued to carry out the word, and they had prayed about the things of God, they laid their hands on. Now verse three, I better look at again, when they had fasted and prayed. Do you think they prayed and said, Lord, if it really is your will, will go? Oh, I just told them what the will was right? What do you think they paid above, not a prayer of request a prayer of thanksgiving. That's all thanking God for the doors that were being open, the opportunities that were coming, the same. We heard here in our prayer life tonight, our people prayed, and thank God for the radio audience, right? We thank God for the tapes that are sent out. We thank God for the printed page that sent it out the word, just kind of thing. They had the word of God, the Spirit had said by revelations, separate bonuses and salt. And so after they had, after they had been fasting, carrying out the work, they prayed, they thank God, they laid hands on them. They laid hands on the laying on of hands was specifically simply an ordination, for the mission that they were to carry out. And for revelation manifestation to be made evident, if there was anything they needed to know, before they went on the trip. And people this is remarkable. It is remarkable. You know why? Because hardly anybody waits for the Word of God or God to speak today. We get the call, you know, down the written channels via letters. Or we get a special puppet committee comes in, or something else happened. But in the early church, no pulpit committee in the early church, no Bishop sending them around. In the early church, nobody pushing any of the men of God here, there and yonder. They served where they were in the capacity of the power of God until God said, All I want you over here. I know this, I want you over here but you see, we're so out of connection with God today. We couldn't have done it. We don't say something. Most people got their ears so stopped up. They wouldn't know God Almighty God spoke to him. Me hit him over the head with a bow but they wouldn't know it wouldn't do that.
People, it's really pathetic. It's really pathetic. And when you believe God's word, they think you're wrong. Everybody else is right. I tell you if you can read me in the Word of God, what are they ever sent out a pulpit Kennedy to hire a preacher and stealing from one place to another or paying more over here and they paid him there. I'll eat the book. You know something the Holy Spirit didn't even ask them whether they graduated from Princeton, Harvard or Yale. The Holy Spirit never said anything, whether they had gone all the theological seminaries in the country. No. April. These are tremendous days and tremendous time. They call it it is possible to hear from heaven. It is possible to hear from God today. But we have to again a tune our lives to God, instead of walking by our senses, and we figure it all. We determine exactly where we're going to go, what we're going to do, where I'm going to minister and ongoing debate, we've got to have a connection. And that connection has to be with God Almighty. And God says to be p. Well, Columbus, Ohio. He says to me, Newark, Ohio, Newark says, I don't like God still says Newark. You see, this is the way you have to go. And this is the church in the first century. And this is why it's you're going to see later on this church grew, this church magnified God's, this church got a job done. Verse four says, though they being sent forth by the official church body, by the deacons, by the elders, by the Board of Directors, what's the word say? They were sent forth by the Holy Ghost, the Holy Spirit, they were set forth by God. How by revelation, God had told them Barnabas and Saul, I want you to do with the laying on of hands. There had been added revelation manifestation, go to such and such a place in your read where they went the few minutes. Right now you're going to read it. Then followed by the Holy Spirit, they departed unto delecia. Now if you'll take your maps, and look at the city of Antioch, and go to the south, layman, you've got to go north. You got to go north, to get to Felicia, straight north. Little Northwest. Okay, we go to Felicia, are you there? Now let me read the word you follow the map. And from thence they sailed to Cyprus, which is an island south, south east is Li southwest, Southwest. Cyprus. Have you found that and when they were at Solomos, Solomos is more or less toward the eastern side of that island. Direction wise, they preach the Word of God in the synagogues of the Jew. And they also had John to Minister John Oh, John Mark, John Mark, on this first missionary journey, not only Barnabas and Saul or Poway, but they took a young man with them by the name of John Mark. This becomes very important because later on he goes home, he gets tired of the coffee all the rest of these little matters, and he decides it's time to go home. And later on in the book of Acts, if you'll read it, they have a rather strong argument about this fella John. Now, and when they have gone through the island, all the way from Solomos to papers, P A P HLS. Have you found that in the islands there they found at that place, a certain sorcerer? A certain sorcerer? Are who people guarded, a spiritualist, one who had a connection, who had who was able to to divine things, so on and so forth. One who could conduct a Seon one who was a medium one who could go into trance. But the Bible says this one like all of them was a false one. He was a prophet, but he was what kind of a prophet. Amen, because he was working for the wrong gods. He was working for Satan. And that's why he was a false prophet. Now it doesn't say what occurred at these other places. But these there were things that occurred but this is written in the Word of God that we can understand and He wants to know specifically, what happened in the place. His name was tar, GZ, son of Jesus, the Word bar his son, the son of God, that was his name. Good Neighbors, or false prophets. I'm a son of Jesus. Oh, sounds real modern. I go to church, I turn to the east window and pray every morning.
This kind of thing, I'm a son of God. That's what this fella said he was. But the Bible says he was a sorcerer, a false prophet. But look who he was with the top brass of the nation. He was with the deputy, the head man of the one country. He was with the head man of the country. Third, just policy. And his head man of the country was approved man. He was a good man. But this bar Jesus fella had wormed his way in to the top echelon of the political world of his time and his age at that time at that place. But surgeon, but Sir, just call us a prudent man called for Barnabas, and Saul. And he desired to hear the Word of God. Isn't that wonderful? Even though this false prophet had attached himself to this man, in the top echelon of government, this top man in government said, I still want to hear Paul and Barnabas. I want to hear these two men. Because I have heard that they preach and teach three to God. And I, the head of this area, the deputy of this country, I want to know God dwells. On this, we'd have it from both sides, you know, we'd have it from sergeant, you'd have it from whatever his name was, bar, Jesus salah, which would be the god of this world knowledge. And he would have the word of God from the lips of Saul and Barnabas. And so just policy being approved man, he called in solid Barnabas and said, boys, I want to hear the Word of God. That's tremendous to me. You know why it's tremendous? Because he didn't ask them to tell him what was going to happen. In such in such a country, what was going on politically over there in Antioch of Syria? He didn't ask them about the fifth column, or anything else. He said, Boys, all I want to hear is the word of God. That's driven. With the god the nations of our world today with its leaders would call it men of God and say, We want to hear the Word of God. Not life Looker time, Saturday Evening Post Reader's Digest or anything else. They said we want to hear what the Word of God tremendous. Right? Not LMS the sorcerer withstood them. He withstood God's men, Saul and Barnabas. try his best to turn away the deputies from the date. He did his best to say to the deputy of the country, these men have nothing to give to you. I've got the connection. I know the scar. Why do you want to listen to them for and he did his best to turn away the deputy from the faith named Saul who also is tall. I told you solid his Hebrew name. Paul was his Greek name. When he moved among the Jews, they would call him song when he moved among the Gentiles. They say Hi, Paul. Same deal. Then, so filled with what the only goes, no article in the original text. It simply makes a great statement that Paul was filled with a spirit. Hall was full of the Spirit and being filled with the Spirit. He was operating nine manifestations of the Spirit at his control under his command. Namely, he was speaking in tongues. Hall was interpreting. He was prophesying. Paul was receiving the word of knowledge, the word of wisdom, and he had the discerning of spirits Faith, miracles and healing all nine manifestations were in operation. And here in that town that de Gaulle being filled with a set, set his eyes on him on LMS, the bar Jesus fellow, the sorcerer, who was seeking to turn away the deputy from hearing the Word of God.
So by revelation, God told him, by discerning of spirits wants to score was by word of knowledge, he told him to scarred by word of wisdom, he told him what to do. Paul looked at him, and he said, Oh, full of all subtleties, and all mystery. Why you child of the devil, you enemy of righteousness, will found not cease to pervert the life ways of the Lord. Automatically, wasn't it? By the face to face encounters. Why don't withstanding you know what the average church member would say, Paul didn't have any love. But she won't say it about Paul, because we've had it hearing the Bible so long. Don't know anything about anyways, but then there. But we don't wouldn't say that he didn't have a lot. But if any man said that to another man today, and some people heard it, they say didn't me love. All I love to love. Boy, when you have revelation, and God is showing you that that's from the devil. And God told Paul wants to score was, Paul said, Why you burn? You're just full of all subtlety. And you're full of all Misty, you're an enemy of righteousness. Won't you cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord. Then comes this great 11th Verse. And now behold, the hand of the Lord is upon the this hand of the Lord is a figure of speech can be sent to and to the Lord. Behold, the hand of the Lord is upon the then there comes an entirely new thought content. It isn't the hand of the Lord that made him blind. But it's the hand of the Lord that was upon him. I'll watch it. I'll get all this wound up for you after this verse leveling the last part of that, or the middle section there is by revelation. How did the Apostle Paul move? Thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a one season? How did he know this? By revelation by word of knowledge, he knew it. Did the Apostle Paul making blind? No, did God make him blind? No, but the true God, knowing this ahead of time, knowing this ahead of time, was showing Paul what was going to happen and Paul simply declared it that's why you couldn't put the screws on anyone unless you had revelation. You cannot cause anyone to go blind. You can't do this to anybody. But if you've got revelation, that's what's going to happen to them. You can declare it just like an axe. The section enacts when? What's his name to to the Lord? And an eye offense a fire? I remember. Did Peter kill him? No, no, no. But by revelation, God showed Peter they're going to die. Right? And therefore, by revelation, he spoke forth the word then it happened. It didn't happen because he spoke it, but because it was going to happen, he just told it. Understand. Immediately, there fell on him a mist and darkness. And he went about seeking some deleting by the hand. Then the deputy the surgeons policy, when he saw another text gives it understood, I don't know if that's Aramaic where I got that from could be and the deputy when he understood what was done. They didn't believe he got saved. He believed, being astonished at the doctrine or the teaching of the Lord. You know why? Because here were two men, Saul and Barnabas, who had a great connection and they were not afraid prayed, they were both. They did not just walk into a situation blindly. They walked in with a knowledge of God's Word, and the revelation they needed to carry out the situation.
I talked to my teachers last night that are going out to teach this fall. And we talked about the setups in the areas. We talked about the responsibility of the teacher. And time and time and time again last night, I told my teachers, when you keep you walk by revelation, you know God's word. You know God's word, you're able to teach God's word, but you can never anticipate, since knowledge wise everything God wants you to do therefore, you constantly walk by revelation. You teach by revelation, you walk by it, because without walking by revelation, a teacher isn't worth his salt. He must walk by revelation. Because then he'll know when God's clicking on something special that he needs to teach, then he will know how to help God's people in the best play in the best possible manner in which it can be done. That's why with Revelation, you got a wonderful ministry without revelation, you're simply an educated stupid fool. That's all. No knowledge of greatness of God's Word. Now, it's got that fella saved anyways, in that when Paul and his company, loose from papers, they came to Perga in Pam failure, they moved up north a little bit, have you found it? Look at your map again.
They moved up north now into Penn failure. Get my map back here that I can look out to. Everybody found it was very pleasant to hear. 13 find? They came to Perga in Pam failure. And it was there that John did was departing from them. He went back home to mama to Jerusalem, or try exactly what it is. John Mark left them and he returned to Jerusalem. But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch, great north, Antioch in Presidio. And the reason I wanted you to check it on the map because hardly anybody that is ordinary people in the churches ever recognize the two Antiox, one Antioch in Syria and the other Antioch in northern Syria. And they went into the synagogue in this Antioch in Presidio on the Sabbath day, and sat down. And after the reading of the law, back to verse 15, because we're going to stay in Antioch a little while now. And so after the reading of the law in verse 15, and the prophets, the rulers of the synagogue, sent unto them Barnabas and Saul saved, he met him, brother, if you have any word of exhortation for the people say on them Paul stood up. And this is unique. Ordinarily, they sat down when they taught. Remember, they stood up when the Word of God was read?
Well, whenever they spoke, they sat down. Here is a contradiction of Eastern culture. I wonder why Paul students? Couldn't you see over the crowd? He stood up because of revelation God told him twice. And by the way, people this is the first recorded sermon in the book of Acts that the apostle Paul preached, here you have gotten this is it. First one, all stood up. The first recorded one remember that may not be the first one but this the first recorded one. He packed in with his hand and he said, None of Israel and deed that fear or have reverence respect for God. Listen to me Give audience the god of this people of Israel chose our fathers and exalted the people when they dwelt as strangers in the land of Egypt, and without a high arm, Brought HE them out of it out of Egypt, and about the time of 40 years suffered, the word suffered is the word sustained. He's them, their manners suffered, He their manners is sustained. He them, you know, for about 40 years, the Sainty them in the wilderness. And when he had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, he divided their land to the bylaws. And after that he gave judges about the space of 400 years, 450 years, until Samuel the prophet. And afterward they decided to King verse 21. And God gave unto them Saul, the son of kissed a man of the tribe of Benjamin, by the space of 40 years. And when he had removed him, he raised up under them David to be their king, to whom also He gave testimony and said, I found David the son of Jesse, a man after my own heart, which shall fulfill all my will, of this man seed of God, according to his promise raised unto Israel as Savior Jesus. When John had first preached before he's coming to baptism of repentance, to all the people of Israel. And as John fulfilled his course, he said, whom think he is that I am, I am not he, but behold, that come upon after me who chews up his feet, I am not worthy to lose. This is John the Baptist, we're reading about here. Men and brothers, killed her know the stock of Abraham, and whosoever among you feared God to you, as the word of this salvation sent, For they that dwell a Jerusalem and their rulers, they caused a new him not, nor yet the voices of the prophets, which are read every Sabbath day. They have fulfilled them in condemning him, isn't that something? Every Sabbath day they read was the voice of the prophets, they heard every Sabbath day, but they never recognized. It's like reading the Bible that people hear today. Once the ordinary person hears the Bible read, it's just a closed book. It was just like that in those days, they read the prophet, but they never understood what they read. That's why we have classes on power for abundant living. This is why God raised us up. This is why God gave us teachers. This is why the ministry of the waste is worldwide today. Because people again, have to know God's word, not just read it, but know what they're reading. And so we go around teaching people exactly what it is they're reading so they can again, understand. Remember, one day there have been a man to the greatest church convention of his day and of his time. He had been in the great city of Jerusalem, the center of all religious knowledge. He'd been at the temple there. And he was going back home and he was sitting in his chair, and it was reading from the scroll of Isaiah. And a man by the name of Philip joined himself to him. And Philip asked him one little question, understand us now what I read is King James says, VP says, Do you understand what you're reading? And the man gave a remarkable reply. He said, How can I accept somebody tell me just come from the great center of religious information? Why did they tell you the cause? They did not know. How can I understand that someone helped me someone teach me. Someone opened my understand. They had read the prophets. Paul said to them, you've read them Sabbath day after Sabbath day after Sabbath day, but you still don't understand. Verse 28. And though they found no cause of death in him that is in Jesus, they decide that Pilate, they desired they yet desired a pilot, they requested of pilots, that he, Jesus should be sleep. And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him. They took him down from the tree, the cross, and laid him in a separate thought versus verse 30. Odd raised him from odd. That's what it says, That's what is. And this Jesus, whom God raised from the dead, was seen many days, many days of them, which came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are His witnesses unto the people. We declare unto you glad tidings not wonderful not sorrow for Titan, not tidings of defeat of horrible pressure, not tidings of frustration or fear or worry, we declare unto you what kind of time glad tidings, something that makes your heart happy on the inside something that makes things ever best within you, that makes things to gel that gives you an enjoyment, a purpose for living, and you're tickled to death that you're alive. Right? You're just faithful to God, that this is the day and the hour that you can live, makes life worth living Glad Tidings show. Oh, that's a promise which was made under the Father. Verse 33, gods had fulfilled the same unto us their children, and that he has raised up Jesus again, as it is also written in the second song, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee, this day have I begotten thee? And as concerning that He raised Him from the dead, now no more to return to lot corruption? had Jesus not been raised from the dead? What would have happened to his body? It would have totally corrupted? Did his bodies start to corrupt when they put him in the grave? Your heads aren't all going the same way. Your How could he have tasted death for every man? How could he have gone through what every man must start through? When they laid him in that grave that day, his body started to crop and he would have totally corrupted had God not done one thing, what? That's what we're going to read here in a minute. He's concerned He raised Him from the dead, even now no more to return to grips. No more to return to what corruption. He said on this way, I will give him the dirty wherefore remai 35. He says also in another song, Thou shalt not suffered Thy Holy One to see corruption. Now this does not mean that he had not started to crop, it simply means that he would not totally corrupt had he stayed in that grave he would have watched, totally corrupted, but he was there for three days and three nights before God got him up. Or David after he'd served his own generation, verse 36, by the will of God fell on sleeping, it was laid onto his father's and saw what he saw corrupt, and that means he's totally corrupted. But he whom God raised again, saw no one. Had he stayed in that grave, however, he would have totally won. Throughout it, he had three days of it, and three nights. But God did what raised him from that. And therefore he did not see corruption had he God not raised him, his body would have corrupted the same as yours or mine. The unknown on to use air for men and brothers, that through this man through this lot, man, not God through this man who? Jesus Christ. For this man, Christ Jesus is preached on to you that forgiveness, or the remission of sin, and by him by the Lord Jesus Christ, all that beneath. All that believe that God raised Him from the dead, are justified some old things from which he could not man could not be justified by on the Law of Moses, man, you can keep every law in the book and still head straight for him. Right? You can observe every law today, but you're still without Christ. You're dead in trespasses and sins without God and without hope. There is only one way up and out. And that's the way of the Lord Jesus Christ. That's a tremendous boy, what I miss. I tell you, no wonder is thrilled the hearts of the people who really wanted to believe God's word. When Paul spoke these tremendous truths. They were there for less than come upon you. Verse 40, which is spoken of in the prophets. Behold, he despisers and wonders and perish. Where I work, I work in your day work, which he Challis, no wise, believe, though a man declared on to you. And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, that Gentiles the thought that these words might be preached to them the next Sabbath, is that something? You would have thought that the Jews would have begged them for the greatness of God's word? They were the religious people, the Gentiles were the dogs. But they were sitting on the outside, they were listening. And as Paul Barnabas came out. They said, Paul, that's the message we want to hear. Those are the glad tidings, won't you come next Sabbath day and teach it to us? Now, when the congregation was broken up, and a break in the congregation, many other Jews, religious proselyte followed Paul and what? Barnabas, who's speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God and the next Sabbath came almost a whole city to gather to hear the Reader's Digest. Here, what's the word of God? Not a late news reporter. They wanted a current news reporter, one who was reporting the greatness of what God wrought in Christ. Isn't that something the whole Senate came to hear? Where can you get people today to come here? The Word of God,
the whole city? Why whose kids? Tremendous, isn't it? I wondered how much the news of bar Jesus could have preceded the Apostle Paul and Barnabas.
I wonder about these things I don't know. All I know is that the whole city almost came together to hear the Word of God. But when the Jews, their religious people saw the multitude, they were filled with lots. And they, they were filled with me and speak against those things, which were spoken by Paul, contradicting the Apostle Paul and blasphemy. And Paul and Barnabas, wax bow, and said, it was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you. But seeing he had put it off from you and judge yourself unworthy of everlasting life, law, we're going to go to law, the Gentiles. For so half the Lord commanded us saying, I have set the to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest before salvation unto the ends of the earth. And when the Gentiles heard this, they were tickled to death. They were glad and glorified the word of the Lord. And as many as were ordained to eternal life believe those whom God knew ahead of time would get saved. They believe God's word because the word was preached. And the word of the Lord was published throughout all the region, that the Jews stirred up the devout. That's the religious, and the honorable women. The leaders of the clubs of the societies of the bridge gang, and the chief man about the city, only the top echelon, were they concerned about people with influence and prestige, they stood up, and they raised persecution against Paul and Barnabas. And they threw them out of the area, they expelled them out of their coats. But Paul and Barnabas shook off the dust from their feet. And Orientalism meaning they carried no animosity, they carry no bread, just no bitterness, they simply suck the dust off of their feet. And they came into the city of i codium. And it gives us a tremendous statement that the disciples and the disciples, the disciples in that area that they had met and had converted and had one to the Lord Jesus Christ. It says that those disciples were filled with lot joy. And with Holy Spirit, the new moggill those disciples were tickled to death. They were full of joy, because they too, had been born again. And they had nine manifestations they were filled with the Holy Spirit. They could speak in tongues and did they could interpret and they did, they could prophesy, and they did. They could receive word of knowledge, word of wisdom, discerning the spirits, and they did. They could Minister faith, miracles and healing and they did and therefore those new disciples in that great Antioquia city, were just joined and overjoyed with what they had, because they were filled with the power of God. Well, why is your identity tremendous chapter. Man, how people today when we teach them in these classes, get the joy and the rejoicing of their hearts when they get the word of God and they believe God's word, and they get filled with the Holy Spirit, right? This is why we teach why we carry the word. Because there is nothing that'll bring joy to a man or a woman's heart and life like the joy of God's Word. And to know that you know that, you know, let's have a word of prayer. Father, we thank you tonight for the greatness of thy word. And especially now, Father Do our people who are listening to the broadcast as we go off the air here in a moment father may just be a wonderful week for them. Many have been raised up tonight to believe the words maybe belong to those people that the word spoke about those who are called ordained of God to be saved. May the people tonight who hear this word be saved by the power of God for this Father, we thank thee in praising and made they have a wonderful week. Even as our people here at the weight biblical Research Center made the greatness of thy words live abundantly in the hearts and lives of our people. For this power father we praise the unseen see this night through Christ ....