Acts 14:19-22 Preaching From Actual Experience.

The apostate Jews from Antioch and Iconium once again turned the multitudes against Paul, and as a result they attempted to murder him by stoning (v. 19 Cf. 13:45; 50-51; 14:2-5; II Cor. 11:25; 12:1-4). Leaving him for dead, Paul was able to rise up in the presence of his fellow disciples and stayed in Lystra until the next day when he and Barnabas departed to Derbe (v. 20). Once again, circumstances caused them to move on to another place, but in doing so they were able to bring the gospel to a new group, and they “made many disciples” (v. 21a Cf. Mt. 28:19). However, contrary to what most would be willing to do, they decided to return to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch, because they wanted to strengthen the disciples there, encouraging them to continue in the faith (vv. 21b-22a Cf. 11:23). Paul clearly spoke from actual experience when he said, “We must through many tribulation enter the kingdom of God” (v. 22b; II Tim. 3:10-12).

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