May 30, 2011

The Book of Acts - Paul's Message of Encouragement

Acts 13:13-44

As you might expect, while Paul is traveling and preaching, he stops at quite a few different synagogues to worship.  This week we listen in as Paul and Barnabas are asked to encourage the believers in Pisidian Antioch.  As with many of the sermons found in Acts, because they are in Jewish territory, they recite much history of the church through the Old Testament.  But they are also addressing Gentile believers, so Paul is sure to bring the Old Testament and New Testament together through the resurrection of Jesus.

Paul's good news and encouragement is simple:  all believers are justified through faith in Christ Jesus.

A simple message with profound ramifications.  Justified=righteous, blameless.  When we are standing before the throne on our final judgment day, all Jesus will see is a precious believer, standing in a white robe, singing praises to God at His throne.

Our sin is unseen through the blood of Jesus poured out for all on the day of his crucifixion.  Hallelujah!

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