Peter, being accused for going in to the Gentiles,
Acts 11:1 And the Apostles, and brethren that were in Iudea, heard that the Gentiles had also receiued the word of God. Acts 11:2 And when Peter was come vp to Hierusalem, they that were of the circumcision contended with him, Acts 11:3 Saying, Thou wentest in to men vncircumcised, & didst eate with them. Acts 11:4 But Peter rehearsed the matter from the beginning, and expounded it by order vnto them, saying,
maketh his defence,
Acts 11:5 I was in the citie of Ioppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision, a certaine vessell descend, as it had beene a great sheete, let downe from heauen by foure corners, and it came euen to me. Acts 11:6 Upon the which when I had fastened mine eyes, I considered, and saw foure footed beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and foules of the aire. Acts 11:7 And I heard a voyce, saying vnto me, Arise Peter, slay, and eate. Acts 11:8 But I said, Not so, Lord: for nothing common or vncleane hath at any time entred into my mouth. Acts 11:9 But the voyce answered me againe from heauen, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common. Acts 11:10 And this was done three times: and all were drawen vp againe into heauen. Acts 11:11 And behold, immediately there were three men already come vnto the house where I was, sent from Cesarea vnto me. Acts 11:12 And the spirit bad me goe with them, nothing doubting: Moreouer, these sixe brethren accompanied me, and we entred into the mans house: Acts 11:13 And he shewed vs how hee had seene an Angell in his house, which stood and said vnto him, Send men to Ioppa, and call for Simon, whose sirname is Peter: Acts 11:14 Who shall tell thee words, wherby thou, and all thy house shal be saued. Acts 11:15 And as I began to speake, the holy Ghost fell on them, as on vs at the beginning. Acts 11:16 Then remembred I the word of the Lord, how that he said, Iohn indeede baptized with water: but ye shall be baptized with the holy Ghost. Acts 11:17 Forasmuch then as God gaue them the like gift as hee did vnto vs, who beleeued on the Lord Iesus Christ: what was I that I could withstand God?
which is accepted.
Acts 11:18 When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance vnto life.
The Gospel being spread into Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, Barnabas is sent to confirm them.
Acts 11:19 Now they which were scattered abroad vpon the persecution that arose about Steuen, trauailed as farre as Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to none, but vnto the Iewes onely. Acts 11:20 And some of them were men of Cyprus, and Cyrene, which when they were come to Antioch, spake vnto the Grecians, preaching the Lord Iesus. Acts 11:21 And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number beleeued, and turned vnto the Lord.
Acts 11:22 Then tidings of these things came vnto the eares of the Church, which was in Hierusalem: and they sent foorth Barnabas, that hee should goe as farre as Antioch. Acts 11:23 Who when hee came, and had seene the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleaue vnto the Lord. Acts 11:24 For he was a good man, and full of the holy Ghost, and of faith: and much people was added vnto the Lord. Acts 11:25 Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seeke Saul.
The disciples there are first called Christians.
Acts 11:26 And when he had found him, he brought him vnto Antioch. And it came to passe, that a whole yeere they assembled themselues with the Church, and taught much people, and the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.
They send relief to the brethren in Judaea in the time of famine.
Acts 11:27 And in these dayes, came Prophets from Hierusalem vnto Antioch. Acts 11:28 And there stood vp one of them, named Agabus, and signified by the spirit, that there should be great dearth throughout all the world: which came to passe in the dayes of Claudius Cesar. Acts 11:29 Then the disciples, euery man according to his abilitie, determined to send reliefe vnto the brethren which dwelt in Iudea. Acts 11:30 Which also they did, and sent it to the Elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.