Gentile Salvation Defended 11 1The apostles and the brothers who were throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles had welcomed God’s message also. 2When Peter went up to Jerusalem, those who stressed circumcision[Y] argued with him, 3saying, “You visited uncircumcised men and ate with them!” 4Peter began to explain to them in an orderly sequence, saying: 5“I was in the town of Joppa praying, and I saw, in a visionary state, an object that resembled a large sheet coming down, being lowered by its four corners from heaven, and it came to me. 6When I looked closely and considered it, I saw the four-footed animals of the earth, the wild beasts, the reptiles, and the birds of the sky. 7Then I also heard a voice telling me, ‘Get up, Peter; kill and eat!’ 8“ ‘No, Lord!’ I said. ‘For nothing common or ritually unclean has ever entered my mouth!’ 9But a voice answered from heaven a second time, ‘What God has made clean, you must not call common.’ 10“Now this happened three times, and then everything was drawn up again into heaven. 11At that very moment, three men who had been sent to me from Caesarea arrived at the house where we were. 12Then the Spirit told me to accompany them with no doubts at all. These six brothers accompanied me, and we went into the man’s house. 13He reported to us how he had seen the angel standing in his house and saying, ‘Send[Z] to Joppa, and call for Simon, who is also named Peter. 14He will speak a message[A] to you that you and all your household will be saved by.’ 15“As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit came down on them, just as on us at the beginning. 16Then I remembered the word of the Lord, how He said, ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ 17Therefore, if God gave them the same gift that He also gave to us when we believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, how could I possibly hinder God?” 18When they heard this they became silent. Then they glorified God, saying, “So God has granted repentance resulting in life[B] even to the Gentiles!” The Church in Antioch 19Those who had been scattered as a result of the persecution that started because of Stephen made their way as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, speaking the message to no one except Jews. 20But there were some of them, Cypriot and Cyrenian men, who came to Antioch and began speaking to the Hellenists,[C][D] proclaiming the good news about the Lord Jesus. 21The Lord’s hand was with them, and a large number who believed turned to the Lord. 22Then the report about them was heard by the church that was at Jerusalem, and they sent out Barnabas to travel[E] as far as Antioch. 23When he arrived and saw the grace of God, he was glad and encouraged all of them to remain true to the Lord with a firm resolve of the heart, 24for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And large numbers of people were added to the Lord. 25Then he[F] went to Tarsus to search for Saul, 26and when he found him he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year they met with the church and taught large numbers. The disciples were first called Christians at Antioch. Famine Relief 27In those days some prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. 28Then one of them, named Agabus, stood up and predicted by the Spirit that there would be a severe famine throughout the Roman world.[G] This took place during the time of Claudius.[H] 29So each of the disciples, according to his ability, determined to send relief to the brothers who lived in Judea. 30They did this, sending it to the elders by means of Barnabas and Saul.
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