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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Acts Chapter 11 

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Luke
Date Penned: (63-70 AD)
Overview: Peter's Ministry (c 1-12)
Theme: The Expansion of the Church (c 8-12)
Message: The Church in Antioch (v 1-30)

Acts 11 Commentary

(11:1-18) Peter Explains His Actions - Word of Peter’s eating with Gentiles caused a negative reaction among the Jewish believers back in Jerusalem. The incident violated Hebrew customs and presuppositions. Following a detailed explanation of events by a persuasive and changed Peter, however, the others became convinced that God had ordered these surprising circumstances. The Jerusalem church began to accept the Gentile mission.

(11:19-30) The Church in Antioch of Syria - The closing verses of chapter 9 and the record in chapter 10 describe Peter’s preparation for the universal dissemination of the gospel; and the opening verses of chapter 11 describe the apostles’ preparation for the universal nature of the gospel, then these final verses of chapter 11 describe the preparation of the church at Antioch for the same thing. The focus of the church is shifting to the north, to this incredible missionary church in Antioch of Syria. The balance of this chapter gives a close-up view of a church that can be used mightily of God to change an entire empire and, beyond it, the world.


Dave Burnette's Life Application

Reaching the Whole World

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the book of Acts Chapter 11. In our text today we see Peter defends his preaching to Gentiles as he tells others of the conversion of Cornelius to see them shocked that Peter would eat with Gentiles to see them later in the chapter rejoice that they came to Christ. In making application we see that we have been instructed to reach the world with the Gospel, even those we find offensive. Today we have radical Muslims and hate groups who need the Gospel just as much as our neighbor and we have been instructed to reach them too. How about you? Do you see the need to reach the whole world with the Gospel? Let us learn from our text today and the conversion of Cornelius to see that we have been instructed to reach the whole world with the Gospel, even those who we see as enemies of the faith because faith cometh by hearing and hearing from the Word of God.


Acts 11

Acts 11

 1And the apostles and brethren that were in Judaea heard that the Gentiles had also received the word of God.

 2And when Peter was come up to Jerusalem, they that were of the circumcision contended with him,

 3Saying, Thou wentest in to men uncircumcised, and didst eat with them.

 4But Peter rehearsed the matter from the beginning, and expounded it by order unto them, saying,

 5I was in the city of Joppa praying: and in a trance I saw a vision, A certain vessel descend, as it had been a great sheet, let down from heaven by four corners; and it came even to me:

 6Upon the which when I had fastened mine eyes, I considered, and saw fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air.

 7And I heard a voice saying unto me, Arise, Peter; slay and eat.

 8But I said, Not so, Lord: for nothing common or unclean hath at any time entered into my mouth.

 9But the voice answered me again from heaven, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.

 10And this was done three times: and all were drawn up again into heaven.

 11And, behold, immediately there were three men already come unto the house where I was, sent from Caesarea unto me.

 12And the Spirit bade me go with them, nothing doubting. Moreover these six brethren accompanied me, and we entered into the man's house:

 13And he shewed us how he had seen an angel in his house, which stood and said unto him, Send men to Joppa, and call for Simon, whose surname is Peter;

 14Who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved.

 15And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning.

 16Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost.

 17Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God?

 18When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.

 19Now they which were scattered abroad upon the persecution that arose about Stephen travelled as far as Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to none but unto the Jews only.

 20And some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene, which, when they were come to Antioch, spake unto the Grecians, preaching the LORD Jesus.

 21And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number believed, and turned unto the Lord.

 22Then tidings of these things came unto the ears of the church which was in Jerusalem: and they sent forth Barnabas, that he should go as far as Antioch.

 23Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord.

 24For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and much people was added unto the Lord.

 25Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul:

 26And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.

 27And in these days came prophets from Jerusalem unto Antioch.

 28And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signified by the Spirit that there should be great dearth throughout all the world: which came to pass in the days of Claudius Caesar.

 29Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judaea:

 30Which also they did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.