Good News That Divides

Good News That Divides

The Good News of Jesus Christ is a message that divides its listeners. This was evident in how those listening to Paul responded to his message. Many received the word of God with great joy and longed to hear more. By their belief they confirmed that they “were appointed to eternal life” (v. 48). Whereas many of the Jewish leaders, jealous at the response Paul and Barnabas received, stirred up much trouble for them and drove them out of the district. By their rejection of the Good News they “judged themselves unworthy of eternal life” (v. 46). The divisions for the message are:

  1. Good News received (vv. 42-44)
  2. Good News rejected (vv. 45-46, 50-51)
  3. Good News rejoiced over (vv. 47-49, 52)

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