Bible: Acts 11

Peter Defends His Actions to the Jerusalem Church

11:1 Now the apostles and the brothers who were throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles too had accepted 1  the word of God. 2  11:2 So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, 3  the circumcised believers 4  took issue with 5  him, 11:3 saying, “You went to 6  uncircumcised men and shared a meal with 7  them.” 11:4 But Peter began and explained it to them point by point, 8  saying, 11:5 I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision, 9  an object something like a large sheet descending, 10  being let down from heaven 11  by its four corners, and it came to me. 11:6 As I stared 12  I looked into it and saw four-footed animals of the earth, wild animals, reptiles, 13  and wild birds. 14  11:7 I also heard a voice saying to me, ‘Get up, Peter; slaughter 15  and eat!’ 11:8 But I said, ‘Certainly not, Lord, for nothing defiled or ritually unclean 16  has ever entered my mouth!’ 11:9 But the voice replied a second time from heaven, ‘What God has made clean, you must not consider 17  ritually unclean!’ 11:10 This happened three times, and then everything was pulled up to heaven again. 11:11 At that very moment, 18  three men sent to me from Caesarea 19  approached 20  the house where we were staying. 21  11:12 The Spirit told me to accompany them without hesitation. These six brothers 22  also went with me, and we entered the man’s house. 11:13 He informed us how he had seen an angel standing in his house and saying, ‘Send to Joppa and summon Simon, who is called Peter, 11:14 who will speak a message 23  to you by which you and your entire household will be saved.’ 11:15 Then as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on 24  them just as he did 25  on us at the beginning. 26  11:16 And I remembered the word of the Lord, 27  as he used to say, 28 John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ 29  11:17 Therefore if God 30  gave them the same gift 31  as he also gave us after believing 32  in the Lord Jesus Christ, 33  who was I to hinder 34  God? 11:18 When they heard this, 35  they ceased their objections 36  and praised 37  God, saying, “So then, God has granted the repentance 38  that leads to life even to the Gentiles.” 39 

Activity in the Church at Antioch

11:19 Now those who had been scattered because of the persecution that took place over Stephen 40  went as far as 41  Phoenicia, 42  Cyprus, 43  and Antioch, 44  speaking the message 45  to no one but Jews. 11:20 But there were some men from Cyprus 46  and Cyrene 47  among them who came 48  to Antioch 49  and began to speak to the Greeks 50  too, proclaiming the good news of the Lord Jesus. 11:21 The 51  hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number who believed 52  turned 53  to the Lord. 11:22 A report 54  about them came to the attention 55  of the church in Jerusalem, 56  and they sent Barnabas 57  to Antioch. 58  11:23 When 59  he came and saw the grace of God, he rejoiced and encouraged them all to remain true 60  to the Lord with devoted hearts, 61  11:24 because he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith, and a significant number of people 62  were brought to the Lord. 11:25 Then Barnabas departed for Tarsus to look for Saul, 11:26 and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. 63  So 64  for a whole year Barnabas and Saul 65  met with the church and taught a significant number of people. 66  Now it was in Antioch 67  that the disciples were first called Christians. 68 

Famine Relief for Judea

11:27 At that time 69  some 70  prophets 71  came down 72  from Jerusalem 73  to Antioch. 74  11:28 One of them, named Agabus, got up 75  and predicted 76  by the Spirit that a severe 77  famine 78  was about to come over the whole inhabited world. 79  (This 80  took place during the reign of Claudius.) 81  11:29 So the disciples, each in accordance with his financial ability, 82  decided 83  to send relief 84  to the brothers living in Judea. 11:30 They did so, 85  sending their financial aid 86  to the elders by Barnabas and Saul.

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