Acts 11

Now the Apostles and brethren who were in Jerusalem, heard, that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. And when Peter was come up to Jerusalem, they who were of the circumcision contended with him, saying, You did go in to men who were uncircumcised, and did eat with them. And Peter beginning, opened to them the matter in order, saying, I was praying in the city of Joppa; and, in a trance, I saw a vision, something like a great sheet descending from heaven, let down by the four corners, and it came close to me: and looking attentively upon it, I observed, and saw four-footed creatures of the earth, and wild beasts, and reptiles, and fowls of the air: and I heard a voice saying to me, Arise, Peter, kill, and eat: but I said, By no means, Lord; for nothing common or unclean has ever entered into my mouth. And the voice answered me the second time from heaven, Those things which God has cleansed, do not you call common. 10 And this was done three times. And all the things were drawn up again into heaven. 11 And behold, at that instant, three men were come to the house in which I was, sent from Cesarea to me. 12 And the Spirit commanded me to go with them, without any scruple: and these six brethren also went along with me. And we entered into the man's house: 13 and he told us how he had seen a messenger standing in his house, and saying to him, Send to Joppa, and bring hither Simon, whose surname is Peter; 14 who shall speak words to you, by which you and all your family shall be saved. 15 And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them, as as on us at the beginning. 16 And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he said, John immersed in water; but you shall be immersed in the Holy Spirit. 17 Since, therefore, God gave to them the same gift as he did to us, who had believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, what was I, that I should be able to obstruct God? 18 And when they heard these things, they acquiesced, and glorified God; saying, God has, then, given to the Gentile also reformation to life.

19 Now, indeed, those who had been dispersed, on account of the distress which arose about Stephen, had traveled as far as Phenicia, and Cyprus, and Antioch, speaking the word to none but Jews only. 20 Yet some of the, being men of Cyprus, and Cyrene; when they came to Antioch, spoke to the Greeks, announcing the glad tidings concerning the Lord Jesus. 21 And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number believed, and turned to the Lord. 22 And the report concerning them came to the ears of the congregation that was at Jerusalem; and they sent Barnabas, to go as far as Antioch. 23 Who, when he was come, and beheld the favor of God, rejoiced, and exhorted them all to adhere to the Lord, with full determination of heart; 24 for he was a good man, and full of the Holy Spirit, and of faith: and a considerable number were added to the Lord. 25 Then Barnabas went to Tarsus, to seek Saul; 26 and finding him, he brought him to Antioch. And it came to pass, that they assembled with the congregation, for a whole year, and taught considerable numbers; and the disciples were first named Christians at Antioch.

27 And in these days prophets came from Jerusalem to Antioch. 28 And one of them, whose name was Agabus, stood up, and signified by the Spirit, that there should be a great famine over all the land: which came to pass in the days of Claudius. 29 And the disciples determined, that, according to the respective abilities of each, they should send to the assistance of the brethren who dwelt in Judea. 30 And this they did, sending it to the elders, by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.

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