Acts 13:26-52 The Message Bible

26  "Dear brothers and sisters, children of Abraham, and friends of God, this message of salvation has been precisely targeted to you. 27  The citizens and rulers in Jerusalem didn't recognize who he was and condemned him to death. 28  They couldn't find a good reason, but demanded that Pilate execute him anyway. 29  They did just what the prophets said they would do, but had no idea they were following to the letter the script of the prophets, even though those same prophets are read every Sabbath in their meeting places. 30  And then God raised him from death. 31  There is no disputing that - he appeared over and over again many times and places to those who had known him well in the Galilean years, and these same people continue to give witness that he is alive. 32  "And we're here today bringing you good news: the Message that what God promised the fathers 33  has come true for the children - for us! He raised Jesus, exactly as described in the second Psalm: My Son! My very own Son! Today I celebrate you! 34  "When he raised him from the dead, he did it for good - no going back to that rot and decay for him. That's why Isaiah said, 'I'll give to all of you David's guaranteed blessings.' 35  So also the psalmist's prayer: 'You'll never let your Holy One see death's rot and decay.' 36  "David, of course, having completed the work God set out for him, has been in the grave, dust and ashes, a long time now. 37  But the One God raised up - no dust and ashes for him! 38  I want you to know, my very dear friends, that it is on account of this resurrected Jesus that the forgiveness of your sins can be promised. 39  He accomplishes, in those who believe, everything that the Law of Moses could never make good on. But everyone who believes in this raised-up Jesus is declared good and right and whole before God. 40  "Don't take this lightly. You don't want the prophet's sermon to describe you: 41  Watch out, cynics; Look hard - watch your world fall to pieces. I'm doing something right before your eyes That you won't believe, though it's staring you in the face."

42  When the service was over, Paul and Barnabas were invited back to preach again the next Sabbath. 43  As the meeting broke up, a good many Jews and converts to Judaism went along with Paul and Barnabas, who urged them in long conversations to stick with what they'd started, this living in and by God's grace. 44  When the next Sabbath came around, practically the whole city showed up to hear the Word of God. 45  Some of the Jews, seeing the crowds, went wild with jealousy and tore into Paul, contradicting everything he was saying, making an ugly scene. 46  But Paul and Barnabas didn't back down. Standing their ground they said, "It was required that God's Word be spoken first of all to you, the Jews. But seeing that you want no part of it - you've made it quite clear that you have no taste or inclination for eternal life - the door is open to all the outsiders. And we're on our way through it, 47  following orders, doing what God commanded when he said, I've set you up as light to all nations. You'll proclaim salvation to the four winds and seven seas!" 48  When the non-Jewish outsiders heard this, they could hardly believe their good fortune. All who were marked out for real life put their trust in God - they honored God's Word by receiving that life. 49  And this Message of salvation spread like wildfire all through the region. 50  Some of the Jews convinced the most respected women and leading men of the town that their precious way of life was about to be destroyed. Alarmed, they turned on Paul and Barnabas and forced them to leave. 51  Paul and Barnabas shrugged their shoulders and went on to the next town, Iconium, 52  brimming with joy and the Holy Spirit, two happy disciples.

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