Paul and Barnabas boldly answered those who rejected Christ, and they moved on. Not everyone will receive the gospel you bring them.

Scripture: Acts 13:42-52

ESV Text: Acts 13:42-52

Acts 13:42-52 (Listen)

42 As they went out, the people begged that these things might be told them the next Sabbath. 43 And after the meeting of the synagogue broke up, many Jews and devout converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas, who, as they spoke with them, urged them to continue in the grace of God.

44 The next Sabbath almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord. 45 But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and began to contradict what was spoken by Paul, reviling him. 46 And Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly, saying, “It was necessary that the word of God be spoken first to you. Since you thrust it aside and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we are turning to the Gentiles. 47 For so the Lord has commanded us, saying,

“‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles,
that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’”

48 And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord, and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed. 49 And the word of the Lord was spreading throughout the whole region. 50 But the Jews incited the devout women of high standing and the leading men of the city, stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and drove them out of their district. 51 But they shook off the dust from their feet against them and went to Iconium. 52 And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit. (ESV)


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 13

     42 And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next sabbath. 43 Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God. 44 And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God. 45 But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spake against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming. 46 Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles. 47 For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth. 48 And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed. 49 And the word of the Lord was published throughout all the region. 50 But the Jews stirred up the devout and honourable women, and the chief men of the city, and raised persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them out of their coasts. 51 But they shook off the dust of their feet against them, and came unto Iconium. 52 And the disciples were filled with joy, and with the Holy Ghost.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 504:
O Spirit of the Living God

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. O Spirit of the living God, 
In all Thy plentitude of grace, 
Where’er the foot of man hath trod, 
Descend on our apostate race. 

2. Give tongues of fire and hearts of love 
To preach the reconciling Word; 
Give pow’r and unction from above 
Where’er the joyful sound is heard. 

3. Be darkness, at Thy coming, light; 
Confusion, order, in Thy path; 
Souls without strength inspire with might; 
Bid mercy triumph over wrath. 

4. O Spirit of the Lord, prepare 
A sinful world their God to meet; 
Breathe Thou abroad like morning air 
Till hearts of stone begin to beat. 

5. Baptize the nations; far and nigh 
The triumphs of the Cross record; 
The name of Jesus glorify 
Till every kindred call Him Lord. 

6. God from eternity hath willed 
All flesh shall His salvation see; 
So be the Father’s love fulfilled, 
The Savior’s sufferings crowned through Thee.