CHARACTER STUDY: PAUL 8

KEY SCRIPTURE: Acts 13:4 “So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus.”

Paul and Barnabas were sent by the Holy Spirit from the church in Antioch. They were very influential in raising the church of Antioch, but did not claim they had to sit there and ran the church, but they were yielded to the Holy Spirit, ready to obey His instructions. Dear man of God, it is not what you want that you do but what the Lord says.

   They quickly obeyed the Spirit’s commission. May we all be obedient to our Lord’s commission. Matthew 28:19 reads “Go ye therefore and teach all nations. …..” This is the Lord’s commission to every Christian and we must all religiously obey it.  Many of us do not go out there to share the Gospel because we are not ready to lose our comfort.  Serving God means denying yourself to love the Lord and do that which pleases him.

Matthew 16:24 ” Then said Jesus unto his disciples, if any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”

  They first went to Seleucia a distance of about 41 miles by sea, from there they sailed to Cyprus, an Island in the Mediterranean which is not far from Seleucia. Now note this, the Spirit asked them to go and preach but did not tell them where to go in particular. As we have also been commissioned to go and teach all nations, we do not wait for the Spirit to say go here or go there. We get going and share with whomsoever we meet. (The Holy Spirit in some cases can be specific about where to go)

  They got to Salamis which is a principal city and seaport of Cyprus. It was the custom of the apostles to preach first in the synagogues which were Jewish gathering.

         Acts 13:16 reads “when they went through the Isle………” These men were simply combing through the region and sharing the Gospel to as many who were ready to receive them. We must likewise move everywhere to share the Good News with all men.

       The deputy governor of the country (Paphos) was called Sergius Paulus. He invited Paul to listen to the word of God.  What made a deputy of the Land, call on Paul and Barnabas to listen to the Gospel? I believe what prompted this invitation was the impact of the message.

1.The gospel brings peace to all those who believe it.

2.The gospel brings transformation of the life to all who receive it. Sinners receive power to be free from sin.   

3.The sick are healed when they believe the gospel.

4.People who were filled with hatred, strive and anger begin to express true love to their neighbours, when they receive the gospel.

I believe these are some of the impact of the gospel that caused the proconsul or deputy governor to invite Paul and Barnabas to hear them too.

Dear child of God the gospel or good news is the power of GOD unto salvation to everyone who believes. SHARE IT. The gospel declares our Lord Jesus died for our sins ,and was raised on the third day for our Justification or to make us righteous.(Rom 4:25)

Dear reader if you have not received eternal life, then believe on the Lord Jesus today and admit Him to be the Lord of your life, by confessing Him as your Lord.

    CONFESSION

The gospel is the power of God unto salvation to everyone who believes. I share it wherever I go bringing heavenly blessings to all who receive it. It is indeed a great joy to be partner with the Lord in sharing this good news .

FURTHER STUDIES

2 Corinthians 5:15 ” And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again”.

John 3:16 ” For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”.

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