Today I read the 13th chapter of the Book of Acts and this is the first recorded sermon of Apostle Paul. He is in Antioch, proclaiming the good news of salvation by faith in the shedding of blood by the risen Christ. The gospel Paul (and all the other apostles) proclaimed something that was a consummation of all that the Old Testament promised and anticipated. Paul presented the gospel in such a way that it connected all the dots, reaching the conclusion that Jesus is the Messiah, God’s only provision for the forgiveness of our sins. In his sermon, which indicts the people of Jerusalem and their leaders for the rejection and crucifixion of Jesus,
The message that Paul preaches is so compelling that no one in our text is able to dispute his facts, or his theology.There is no debate on this particular Sabbath, or on the next, when the entire city comes to hear what Paul has to say about Jesus and Judaism.
When reading Acts 3 let’s do so with joyful and grateful hearts, knowing that we have the sure and faithful Word of God as our text, a Word which is not shaken by newly revealed heresies. And let us look to the Spirit of God to quicken our hearts and minds to respond to the truth as we should.