Acts 14:26
And there sailed to Antioch, from where they had been recommended to the grace of God for the work which they fulfilled.
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14:19-28 See how restless the rage of the Jews was against the gospel of Christ. The people stoned Paul, in a popular tumult. So strong is the bent of the corrupt and carnal heart, that as it is with great difficulty that men are kept back from evil on one side, so it is with great ease they are persuaded to evil on the other side. If Paul would have been Mercury, he might have been worshipped; but if he will be a faithful minister of Christ, he shall be stoned, and thrown out of the city. Thus men who easily submit to strong delusions, hate to receive the truth in the love of it. All who are converted need to be confirmed in the faith; all who are planted need to be rooted. Ministers' work is to establish saints as well as to awaken sinners. The grace of God, and nothing less, effectually establishes the souls of the disciples. It is true, we must count upon much tribulation, but it is encouragement that we shall not be lost and perish in it. The Person to whose power and grace the converts and the newly-established churches are commended, clearly was the Lord Jesus, on whom they had believed. It was an act of worship. The praise of all the little good we do at any time, must be ascribed to God; for it is He who not only worketh in us both to will and to do, but also worketh with us to make what we do successful. All who love the Lord Jesus, will rejoice to hear that he has opened the door of faith wide, to those who were strangers to him and to his salvation. And let us, like the apostles, abide with those who know and love the Lord.And thence sailed to Antioch - See the note at Acts 11:19.

From whence they had been recommended ... - Where they had been appointed to this missionary tour by the church, Acts 13:1-4.

To the grace of God - His favor and protection had been implored for them in their perilous undertaking.

For the work which they fulfilled - This shows conclusively:

(1) That they had accomplished fully the work which was originally contemplated. It was strictly a missionary tour among the Gentiles. It was an important and hazardous enterprise, and was the first in which the church formally engaged. Hence, so much importance is attached to it, and so faithful a record of it is preserved.

(2) it shows that the act by which they were set apart to this Acts 13:1-3 was not an ordination to the ministerial office. It was an appointment to a missionary tour.

(3) it shows that the act was not an appointment to the apostleship. Paul was an apostle before by the express appointment of the Saviour; and Barnabas was never an apostle in the original and proper sense of the term. It was a designation to a temporary work, which was now fulfilled.

We may remark, also, in regard to this missionary tour:

(1) That the work of missions is one which early engaged the attention of Christians.

(2) it entered into their plans, and was one in which the church was deeply interested.

(3) the work of missions is attended with danger. People are now no less hostile to the gospel than they were in Lystra and Iconium.

(4) Missionaries should be sustained by the prayers of the church. And,

(5) In the conduct of Paul and Barnabas we have an example for missionaries in founding churches, and in regard to their own trials and persecutions. If they were persecuted, missionaries may be now; and if the grace of Christ was sufficient to sustain them, it is not the less sufficient to sustain those of our own times amidst all the dangers attending the preaching of the cross in pagan lands.

26. sailed to Antioch, from whence they had been recommended—(See on [2014]Ac 13:3). Antioch; that Antioch which was in Syria, as appears Acts 13:1-3, to which this relates; and is a sufficient proof that they had not sought God in vain, and that there is no better preparation or provision towards any business, than faithful prayer unto God concerning it; doing our duty, and leaving the event unto his disposing. And thence sailed to Antioch,.... In Syria,

from whence they had been recommended to the grace of God; by the prophets: from this place they first set out on their travels; here they were separated by the order of the Holy Ghost to the work of the ministry, and by them they were sent forth, after they had in prayer commended them to God, and to his grace to assist them, and succeed them, as well as to fit them

for the work which they fulfilled; that is, for the work of the ministry, for the preaching of the Gospel in several places; and which they had now gone through, and finished with great integrity and faithfulness, and with much success, though through many afflictions and persecutions.

And thence sailed to {i} Antioch, from whence they had been recommended to the grace of God for the work which they fulfilled.

(i) Antioch of Syria.

Acts 14:26. κἀκεῖθεν, cf. Acts 7:3, and Luke 11:53, in six other places in Acts in a local sense as here, only once elsewhere in N.T., in Mark 9:30, in same sense; see also Acts 13:21.—ᾖσαν παραδεδομ.: “they had been committed,” R.V., in Acts 15:40 “commended”; in both passages A.V. “recommended,” a rendering which has changed its meaning; only in these two passages in this sense, but cf. 1 Peter 2:23 (John 19:30).—ὃ ἐπλήρωσαν, cf. Acts 12:25, Acts 13:25, still, as hitherto, St. Paul found the χάρις of God “sufficient”.26. from whence they had been recommended to the grace of God] Better, “had been commended.” The verb is not the same as in Acts 14:23, but the sense is. The old English verb “recommended” had the meaning which now belongs only to “commend.”Acts 14:26. Ἀπέπλευσαν) they sailed back.—παραδεδομένοι, from whence they had been recommended [dedicated]) ch. Acts 13:2 : נתינים, Nethinim = ‘devoted:’ applied to the servants of the temple who waited on the Levites.—τῇ χάριτι) the grace (ch. Acts 15:40) which was about to flow through them upon many.—ἐπλήρωσαν, they fulfilled) A most delightful word.Verse 26. - They sailed for sailed, A.V.; committed for recommended, A.V.; had fulfilled for fulfilled, A.V.
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