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From Trials to Triumph, Page 94

Chapter 18—The Apostles Are Both Persecuted and Adored

This chapter is based on Acts 14:1-26, RSV.

In Iconium as at Antioch, Paul and Barnabas began their labors in the synagogue of their own people. “A great company believed, both of Jews and of Greeks.” But as in other places, “the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brethren.”

However, in the face of opposition and prejudice the apostles went on, “speaking boldly for the Lord,” and God “bore witness to the word of His grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands.” Converts multiplied.

The popularity of the message filled the unbelieving Jews with envy, and they determined to stop Paul and Barnabas. By false reports they led the authorities to fear that the city would be incited to insurrection. They suggested that it was for secret and dangerous designs that large numbers were attaching themselves to the apostles.

The disciples were repeatedly brought before the authorities, but their defense was so clear and sensible that the magistrates dared not condemn them. They could not but acknowledge that the teachings of Paul and Barnabas, if accepted, would improve the morals and order of the city.

Through opposition the message of truth gained publicity; the Jews’ efforts to thwart the work resulted only in adding greater numbers to the new faith. “The

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