we finish Acts 13 today, see how the ‘word’ moves here,
word of God to you first. Since you reject it and do not consider yourselves worthy of eternal life, we now turn to the Gentiles. 47 For this is what the Lord has commanded us:
“‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles,
that you[g] may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.
48 When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and honored the word of the Lord; and all who were appointed for eternal life believed.
‘49 The word of the Lord spread through the whole region. 50 But the Jewish leaders incited the God-fearing women of high standing and the leading men of the city. They stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them from their region. 51 So they shook the dust off their feet as a warning to them and went to Iconium. 52 And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy ‘Spirit.’
Our purpose is to speak, spread the word, … how people respond to truth is not our responsibility. But…
‘52 And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.’
Joy comes from the word; by with the Holy Spirit
These are the first three steps-
I come to
Then, finally, I come in joy to believe. Three steps, three first steps