Peter, being accused for going in to the Gentiles,
Acts 11:1 And the apostles and brethren, who were in Judea, heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. Acts 11:2 And when Peter was come up to Jerusalem, they that were of the circumcision contended with him, Acts 11:3 Saying: Why didst thou go in to men uncircumcised and didst eat with them? Acts 11:4 But Peter began and declared to them the matter in order, saying:
maketh his defence,
Acts 11:5 I was in the city of Joppe praying: and I saw in an ecstasy of mind a vision, a certain vessel descending, as it were a great sheet let down from heaven by four corners. And it came even unto me. Acts 11:6 Into which looking, I considered and saw fourfooted creatures of the earth and beasts and creeping things and fowls of the air. Acts 11:7 And I heard also a voice saying to me: Arise, Peter. Kill and eat. Acts 11:8 And I said: Not so, Lord: for nothing common or unclean hath ever entered into my mouth. Acts 11:9 And the voice answered again from heaven: What God hath made clean, do not thou call common. Acts 11:10 And this was done three times. And all were taken up again into heaven. Acts 11:11 And behold, immediately there were three men come to the house wherein I was, sent to me from Caesarea. Acts 11:12 And the Spirit said to me that I should go with them, nothing doubting. And these six brethren went with me also: and we entered into the man's house. Acts 11:13 And he told us how he had seen an angel in his house, standing and saying to him: Send to Joppe and call hither Simon, who is surnamed Peter, Acts 11:14 Who shall speak to thee words whereby thou shalt be saved, and all thy house. Acts 11:15 And when I had begun to speak, the Holy Ghost fell upon them, as upon us also in the beginning. Acts 11:16 And I remembered the word of the Lord, how that he said: John indeed baptized with water but you shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost. Acts 11:17 If then God gave them the same grace as to us also who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ: who was I, that could withstand God?
which is accepted.
Acts 11:18 Having heard these things, they held their peace and glorified God, saying: God then hath also to the Gentiles given repentance, unto life.
The Gospel being spread into Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, Barnabas is sent to confirm them.
Acts 11:19 Now they who had been dispersed by the persecution that arose on occasion of Stephen went about as far as Phenice and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the word to none, but to the Jews only. Acts 11:20 But some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who, when they were entered into Antioch, spoke also to the Greeks, preaching the Lord Jesus. Acts 11:21 And the hand of he Lord was with them: and a great number believing, were converted to the Lord.
Acts 11:22 And the tidings came to the ears of the church that was at Jerusalem, touching these things: and they sent Barnabas as far as Antioch. Acts 11:23 Who, when he was come and had seen the grace of God, rejoiced. And he exhorted them all with purpose of heart to continue in the Lord. Acts 11:24 For he was a good man and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith. And a great multitude was added to the Lord. Acts 11:25 And Barnabas went to Tarsus to seek Saul: whom, when he had found, he brought to Antioch.
The disciples there are first called Christians.
Acts 11:26 And they conversed there in the church a whole year: and they taught a great multitude, so that at Antioch the disciples were first named Christians.
They send relief to the brethren in Judaea in the time of famine.
Acts 11:27 And in these days there came prophets from Jerusalem to Antioch. Acts 11:28 And one of them named Agabus, rising up, signified by the Spirit that there should be a great famine over the whole world, which came to pass under Claudius. Acts 11:29 And the disciples, every man according to his ability, purposed to send relief to the brethren who dwelt in Judea. Acts 11:30 Which also they did, sending it to the ancients, by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.