Acts 13:38–43 (ESV)
Paul and Barnabas at Antioch in Pisidia (Part 4)
38 Let it be known to you therefore, brothers, that through this man forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, 39 and by him everyone who believes is freed from everything from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses.
40 Beware, therefore, lest what is said in the Prophets should come about:
41 “ ‘Look, you scoffers,
astounded and perish;
for I am doing a work in your days,
a work that you will not believe, even if one tells it
to you.’ ”
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.
Paul is still delivering the Gospel to those in Antioch. He first gave them the Law to convict
them and in today’s reading, he is delivering the Gospel. Remember, Gospel is not what you do for God, but what God has done (and is doing) to you. Without the Law, you would never want to hear the Gospel and would never realize that you
need it. Law and Gospel are equal and necessary opposites that work together. The Law Shows Our Sins and the Gospel Shows
If we could be perfectly holy,
we could be saved by keeping the Ten Commandments perfectly. Since we can't keep God's Law perfectly, everytime we hear God's Law, God's Law...
Our Sin (SOS)
- Makes us feel guilty,
- Condemns us to eternal life in hell,
- Reminds us that God will punish us for our sins, and
- Promises that we will die for our sin.
The Gospel teaches us that Jesus has paid the price for our sins. The Gospel is God's remedy for all the punishment promised by the Law. The Gospel is God's undeserved gift of salvation given to us in Jesus Christ.
- Shows Our Savior (SOS)
- Comforts sinners with Jesus'
- Reminds us Jesus paid for all our sins, and
- Promises eternal life.
In today’s reading, you see how happy the people of Antioch are to hear the Gospel. 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.
I pray: O Lord, Help me
to effectively teach the Law in a way to convict them of their sins and then to teach them the Gospel when they are ready to receive God’s gift of Salvation. Use me Lord to carry out you will and to share your love and forgiveness. Amen.