11:1 And 1 the apostles and brethren that were in Judaea heard that the Gentiles had also received the word of God.
(1) Peter, being reprehended without reason by
the unskilful and ignorant, does not object and say that he should not be
judged by any, but openly gives an account of his actions.
2 When they heard these things, they
held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles
granted repentance unto life.
(2) Those who ask a question of the truth which
they do not know, ought to be quietly heard, and must also quietly yield to
the declaration of the truth.
11:19 3 Now
they which were scattered abroad upon the persecution that arose about Stephen
travelled as far as Phenice, and Cyprus, and a
Antioch, preaching the word to none but unto the Jews only.
(3) The scattering abroad of Jerusalem is the
cause of the gathering together of many other churches.
(a) He speaks of Antioch which was in Syria and
bordered upon Cilicia.
11:20 4 And
some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene, which, when they were come to
Antioch, spake unto the Grecians, preaching the Lord Jesus.
(4) The church of Antioch, the new Jerusalem of
the Gentiles, was extraordinarily called.
Then tidings of these things came unto the ears of the church which was in
Jerusalem: and they sent forth Barnabas, that he should go as far as Antioch.
(5) The apostles do not rashly condemn an
extraordinary calling, but instead they judge it by the effects.
Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul:
(6) There was no contention amongst the apostles,
either with regard to usurping, or with regard to holding places of degree.
And in these days came prophets from Jerusalem unto Antioch.
(7) God punishes his Church when he punishes the
wicked, in his scourges and plagues which he sends upon the earth, in such a
way that he nonetheless conveniently provides for it.
Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send b
relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judaea:
(8) All congregations or churches make one body.
(b) That is, that the deacons might help the poor
with it: for it was appropriate and helpful to have all these things done
orderly and decently, and therefore it is said that they sent these things to
the elders, that is, to the governors of the Church.