The Apostle Paul: Paul Concludes His Message.

40 “Beware, therefore, lest what is said in the Prophets should come about: 41 “ ‘Look, you scoffers, be astounded and perish; for I am doing a work in your days, a work that you will not believe, even if one tells it to you.’ ” 42 As they went out, the people begged that these things might be told them the next Sabbath. 43 And after the meeting of the synagogue broke up, many Jews and devout converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas, who, as they spoke with them, urged them to continue in the grace of God.” (Acts 13:40-43)

Nearing the end of his address to the attendees at the synagogue at Pisidia Antioch, the Apostle Paul warned the people. He quoted from Habakkuk 1:5 which says, “‘Look, you scoffers, be astounded and perish; for I am doing a work in your days, a work that you will not believe, even if one tells it to you.’ ” This was God’s announcement to the people of Judah through Habakkuk the prophet concerning the impending judgment of Judah, by God, through the nation of Babylon in the 8th century B.C.  

Following the conclusion of the service, the people wanted to hear more. They continually and persistently implored Paul and Barnabas to return the next Sabbath day and preach the same things from God’s Word.

Luke records, “And after the meeting of the synagogue broke up, many Jews and devout converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas, who, as they spoke with them, urged them to continue in the grace of God.” (Acts 13:43)

These people were full converts to Judaism who had been circumcised. By urging Paul and Barnabas to continue in the grace of God they were indicating that they were truly saved. They encouraged the two missionaries to persevere and validate the reality of their salvation by continuing in the grace of God (cf. John 8:31; 15:1–6Col. 1:21–231 John 2:19). With such validation, Paul and Barnabas hoped to convince those who were intellectually persuaded of the truths of the gospel, but as yet had not exercised saving faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Paul and Barnabas did not want these people to resort to legalism rather than completely embracing Christ.

Soli deo Gloria!

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