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Barnabas and Grace

April 26, 2018

“Then when he arrived and witnessed the grace of God, he rejoiced and began to encourage them all with resolute heart to remain true to the Lord,” (Acts 11:23, NASB).

At this point in the book of Acts, the Gospel comes to Antioch. After hearing about a large number of converts, the church at Jerusalem sends Barnabas to work with the new church. There are three parts to this verse, that describes Barnabas’ visit.

First, we read that Barnabas saw the grace of God. Any work of God that occurs in any city must be by the grace of God. It is God’s grace working in the heart of men, that causes them to turn to Christ and believe. We must remember that salvation is a work of God. Having the answer to be able to offer unbelievers is good and right. However, we can have all the answers in the world, but if God is not at work by His grace, then there will be no conversion. We must remember that it is only the grace of God that saves (Eph. 2:6-8).

Second, Luke tells us that Barnabas encouraged the people with a resolute heart. By the grace of God, we must pray that God give us resolution in our works of service. As we serve God, difficulties will come, and troubles will arise. We must pray that God grant us a resolute heart so that we will remain faithful and true to the service to which we have been called. The next verse in Acts reads, “for he was a good man, and full of the Holy Spirit and of faith,” (Acts 11:24a, NASB). The connection between being filled with the Spirit and having a resolute heart is not accidental. We must pray that God fill us and empower us to remain faithful.

Third, Barnabas encouraged the people to remain true to the Lord. Oh how we need the grace of God to accomplish this. Attacks from false gospels are constantly coming against the church. Attempts to cause Christians to fall are persistently brought against them in the form of various temptations. How we must constantly be encouraged, and strengthened by the Spirit of God, through the grace of God, to remain true to the Lord. How we need him to grant us a resolute heart to never abandon the truth and the commands of God. Let us be thankful that God does provide this to His people, by the power of the Holy Spirit.

May we pray that God would cause us to see a wonderful move of the grace of God, and many converts join the church. May we pray that God would grant us resolute hearts to remain faithful. May God keep us in His truth, and give us the power to obey Him.

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