Paul begins revolutionizing the world with one simple tool: the preached word.
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Acts 13 (ESV)
1 Now there were in the church at Antioch prophets and teachers,
Simeon who was called Niger,
Lucius of Cyrene,
Manaen a lifelong friend of Herod the tetrarch,
2 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said,
“Set apart for me
Barnabas and Saul
for the work to which I have called them.”
after fasting and praying
they laid their hands on them and sent them off.
4 So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit,
they went down to Seleucia,
and from there they sailed to Cyprus.
5 When they arrived at Salamis,
they proclaimed the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews.
And they had John to assist them.
6 When they had gone through the whole island as far as Paphos,
they came upon a certain magician,
a Jewish false prophet named Bar-Jesus.
7 He was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus,
a man of intelligence,
who summoned Barnabas and Saul and sought to hear the word of God.
8 But Elymas the magician (for that is the meaning of his name) opposed them, seeking to turn the proconsul away from the faith.
9 But Saul, who was also called Paul,
filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him
10 and said,
son of the devil,
you enemy of all righteousness,
full of all deceit and villainy,
will you not stop making crooked the straight paths of the Lord?
11 And now, behold,
the hand of the Lord is upon you,
and you will be blind and unable to see the sun for a time.”
mist and darkness fell upon him,
and he went about seeking people to lead him by the hand.
12 Then the proconsul believed,
when he saw what had occurred,
for he was astonished at the teaching of the Lord.
13 Now Paul and his companions set sail from Paphos and came to Perga in Pamphylia.
And John left them and returned to Jerusalem,
14 but they went on from Perga and came to Antioch in Pisidia.
And on the Sabbath day they went into the synagogue and sat down.
15 After the reading from the Law and the Prophets, the rulers of the synagogue sent a message to them, saying,
“Brothers, if you have any word of encouragement for the people, say it.”
16 So Paul stood up, and motioning with his hand said:
“Men of Israel and you who fear God, listen.
17 The God of this people Israel
chose our fathers
made the people great during their stay in the land of Egypt,
and with uplifted arm he led them out of it.
18 And for about forty years he put up with them in the wilderness.
19 And after destroying seven nations in the land of Canaan, he gave them their land as an inheritance.
20 All this took about 450 years.
And after that he gave them judges until Samuel the prophet.
21 Then they asked for a king,
and God gave them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years.
22 And when he had removed him,
he raised up David to be their king,
of whom he testified and said, ‘I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will.’
23 Of this man’s offspring
God has brought to Israel a Savior,
Jesus, as he promised.
24 Before his coming, John had proclaimed a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.
25 And as John was finishing his course, he said,
‘What do you suppose that I am?
I am not he.
No, but behold, after me one is coming,
the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to untie.’
26 “Brothers, sons of the family of Abraham, and those among you who fear God,
to us has been sent
the message of this salvation.
27 For those who live in Jerusalem and their rulers,
because they did not recognize him
the utterances of the prophets,
which are read every Sabbath,
fulfilled them by condemning him.
28 And though they found in him
no guilt worthy of death,
they asked Pilate to have him executed.
29 And when they had carried out all that was written of him,
they took him down from the tree
and laid him in a tomb.
30 But God raised him from the dead,
31 and for many days he appeared to those
who had come up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem,
who are now his witnesses to the people.
32 And we bring you
the good news that what God promised to the fathers,
33 this he has fulfilled to us their children by raising Jesus,
as also it is written in the second Psalm,
“ ‘You are my Son,
today I have begotten you.’
34 And as for the fact that he raised him from the dead,
no more to return to corruption,
he has spoken in this way,
“ ‘I will give you the holy and sure blessings of David.’
35 Therefore he says also in another psalm,
“ ‘You will not let your Holy One see corruption.’
36 For David,
after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation,
and was laid with his fathers and saw corruption,
37 but he whom God raised up did not see corruption.
38 Let it be known to you therefore, brothers,
that through this man
forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you,
39 and by him
everyone who believes
from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses.
40 Beware, therefore, lest what is said in the Prophets should come about:
41 “ ‘Look, you scoffers,
be astounded and perish;
for I am doing a work in your days,
that you will not believe,
even if one tells it to you.’ ”
42 As they went out,
the people begged that these things might be told them the next Sabbath.
43 And after the meeting of the synagogue broke up,
many Jews and devout converts to Judaism
followed Paul and Barn