1 Kings 22:1-53
New Testament: Acts 13:16-41
Summary: Paul and Barnabas at Antioch in Pisidia
“Brothers, sons of the family of Abraham, and those among you who fear God, to us has been sent the message of this salvation.
~ Acts 13:26
To those among you who fear God!
Is death something you fear? Death is an unknown territory for us, so I believe we all fear it. It is not unknown territory to Jesus, though. Unlike all other people, he raised himself from the dead after dying. Just type “Who raised himself from the dead?” in a search engine and see whose name comes up. You should look to him for information about who you should fear. (Matthew 10:28). We all should fear God.
Acts 13 begins with Paul spreading the Gospel in this way. We still need to focus on this message today. This message is again taken to the synagogue, not because this is a church building, but to open people’s eyes to the false religion being taught there.
Let it be known to you therefore, brothers, that through this man (Jesus) forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, and by him everyone who believes is freed from everything from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses. ~ Acts 13:38-39
It is God now sending his son on the mission of salvation to be the Savior. Do you know what the word savior means? It means the deliverer from destruction. It means the rescuer, it from ruin.
And you ask the question, “What do we need to be saved from?” And the answer is God.
Every man must be saved, delivered, and rescued from the wrath of God that is revealed from heaven against all unrighteousness and ungodliness of men. You don’t need to be saved from loneliness. You don’t need to be saved from singleness. You don’t need to be saved from a bad job. You need to be saved from the coming wrath of God upon sin. And there is only one who can save from God, and that is God himself. And in the sending of his Son, the mercy and grace of God triumphs over the judgment and the wrath of God. Salvation Is from God, through God, from God, for God, and that is what salvation is.
And there is only one Savior. And that is the one who said, I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father, but through me, the Lord Jesus Christ. ~ Steven Lawson