Acts 6:8 – 16:37
The book of Acts includes details of the early church. It documents the work of the Holy Spirit reaching both Jew and Gentile with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The first half of Acts tells us of Peters Ministry and the second half Paul’s Ministry. Events we read about during today’s reading include the stoning of Stephen, Saul’s (Paul) conversion, Peters vision, the Holy Spirit pouring out on Gentiles, Peter released from Jail, the death of Herod and finally Barnabas and Saul set apart for Gods work.
Scripture Acts 13:34-35
38 “Therefore, my brothers and sisters, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. 39 Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses. 40 Take care that what the prophets have said does not happen to you:
41 “‘Look, you scoffers,
wonder and perish,
for I am going to do something in your days
that you would never believe,
even if someone told you.’
Paul is speaking to Jews in the synagogue and shares the good news about Jesus. He begins with Abraham. Paul then includes the captivity, promised land, time of the kings, king David, John the Baptist and finally Jesus Christ the Savior. He continues to share the trial, crucifixion, burial and resurrection of Jesus with the people. Paul’s message proclaims the forgiveness of sins. He quotes the old testament prophets explaining that God predicted something so great and wonderful to take place that nobody would believe. God has used Jesus to free us from sin, a position given to us because our the sacrifice our Lord Jesus made on the cross.
God loves us and has a plan for our lives (John 3:16). The problem is our sin keeps us from having a relationship with God. All of us have sinned (Romans 3:23). In order to solve this problem, even while we were sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). Anyone who places their trust in the Lord Jesus Christ will have their sins forgiven (Acts 13:39). God really does love us and desires that all will come to receive Him as their Lord and Savior.
Father thank you that you loved me so much that you sent your son Jesus to die for my sins. Thank you Lord that I can have eternal life with you!