It had become clear that Gentiles could be received into the community of Jesus. The Church had reached an important point in its early life.
The apostles used different approaches in addressing different publics. God’s agents have offered His salvation in many ways.
The failure of Paul and Barnabas with the Jews led to a success far beyond what they had looked for.
We are all children of God! Life and forgiveness of sin are ours for the taking.
The Church continues to present the good news of salvation today in a thoughtful and orderly way.
We know that God chooses to employ our capabilities for His purposes, even as He sent Barnabas and Paul to do His work in Cyprus.
What Barnabas found at Antioch impressed him deeply. Here were many Gentiles ready to accept Jesus as Lord.
Peter finally convinced the Jewish members of the Church that God could grant salvation to Gentiles, too.
Our acceptance of Jesus as bread of life is a gift that can only be bestowed and accepted through the goodness of the Spirit of the Lord.
Most of us have not been called to ministry as spectacularly as Paul was, but we each have a role to play.