Acts 11

Peter Reports to the Church

1 Now the apostles and brethren who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles had also received the word of God. 2 And when Peter came up to Jerusalem, a those of the circumcision contended with him, 3 saying, b "You went in to uncircumcised men c and ate with them!" 4 But Peter explained it to them d in order from the beginning, saying: 5 e "I was in the city of Joppa praying; and in a trance I saw a vision, an object descending like a great sheet, let down from heaven by four corners; and it came to me. 6 "When I observed it intently and considered, I saw four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, creeping things, and birds of the air. 7 "And I heard a voice saying to me, 'Rise, Peter; kill and eat.' 8 "But I said, 'Not so, Lord! For nothing common or unclean has at any time entered my mouth.' 9 "But the voice answered me again from heaven, 'What God has cleansed you must not call common.' 10 "Now this was done three times, and all were drawn up again into heaven. 11 "At that very moment, three men stood before the house where I was, having been sent to me from Caesarea. 12 "Then f the Spirit told me to go with them, doubting nothing. Moreover g these six brethren accompanied me, and we entered the man's house. 13 h "And he told us how he had seen an angel standing in his house, who said to him, 'Send men to Joppa, and call for Simon whose surname is Peter, 14 'who will tell you words by which you and all your household will be saved.' 15 "And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them, i as upon us at the beginning. 16 "Then I remembered the word of the Lord, how He said, j 'John indeed baptized with water, but k you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.' 17 l "If therefore God gave them the same gift as He gave us when we believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, m who was I that I could withstand God?" 18 When they heard these things they became silent; and they glorified God, saying, n "Then God has also granted to the Gentiles repentance to life."

The Church in Antioch

19 o Now those who were scattered after the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to no one but the Jews only. 20 But some of them were men from Cyprus and Cyrene, who, when they had come to Antioch, spoke to p the Hellenists, preaching the Lord Jesus. 21 And q the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number believed and r turned to the Lord. 22 Then news of these things came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent out s Barnabas to go as far as Antioch. 23 When he came and had seen the grace of God, he was glad, and t encouraged them all that with purpose of heart they should continue with the Lord. 24 For he was a good man, u full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. v And a great many people were added to the Lord. 25 Then Barnabas departed for w Tarsus to seek Saul. 26 And when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for a whole year they assembled with the church and taught a great many people. And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.

27 And in these days x prophets came from Jerusalem to Antioch. 28 Then one of them, named y Agabus, stood up and showed by the Spirit that there was going to be a great famine throughout all the world, which also happened in the days of z Claudius Caesar. 29 Then the disciples, each according to his ability, determined to send a relief to the brethren dwelling in Judea. 30 b This they also did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.

  1. Cross References
    Acts 10:45
    And those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also.
  2. Cross References
    Matthew 9:11
    And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to His disciples, "Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?
    Acts 10:28
    Then he said to them, "You know how unlawful it is for a Jewish man to keep company with or go to one of another nation. But God has shown me that I should not call any man common or unclean.
  3. Cross References
    Galatians 2:12
    For before certain men came from James, he would eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing those who were of the circumcision.
  4. Cross References
    Luke 1:3
    It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write to you an orderly account, most excellent Theophilus.
  5. Cross References
    Acts 10:9
    The next day, as they went on their journey and drew near the city, Peter went up on the housetop to pray, about the sixth hour.
  6. Cross References
    John 16:13
    However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.
    Acts 10:19
    While Peter thought about the vision, the Spirit said to him, "Behold, three men are seeking you.
    Acts 15:7
    And when there had been much dispute, Peter rose up and said to them: "Men and brethren, you know that a good while ago God chose among us, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe.
  7. Cross References
    Acts 10:23
    Then he invited them in and lodged them. On the next day Peter went away with them, and some brethren from Joppa accompanied him.
  8. Cross References
    Acts 10:30
    So Cornelius said, "Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing.
  9. Cross References
    Acts 2:1 - 4
    When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
    Acts 15:7 - 9
    And when there had been much dispute, Peter rose up and said to them: "Men and brethren, you know that a good while ago God chose among us, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe.
  10. Cross References
    Matthew 3:11
    I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance...
    Mark 1:8
    "I indeed baptized you with water, but He will ...
    John 1:26
    John answered them, saying, "I baptize with wat...
    John 1:33
    "I did not know Him, but He who sent me to bapt...
    Acts 1:5
    "for John truly baptized with water, but you sh...
    Acts 19:4
    Then Paul said, "John indeed baptized with a ba...
  11. Cross References
    Isaiah 44:3
    For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, And floods on the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit on your descendants, And My blessing on your offspring.
  12. Cross References
    Acts 15:8
    So God, who knows the heart, acknowledged them by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He did to us.
    Acts 15:9
    And made no distinction between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.
  13. Cross References
    Acts 10:47
    "Can anyone forbid water, that these should not be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?"
  14. Cross References
    Isaiah 42:1
    Behold! My Servant whom I uphold, My Elect One ...
    Isaiah 42:6
    I, the LORD, have called You in righteousness, ...
    Isaiah 49:6
    Indeed He says, 'It is too small a thing that Y...
    Luke 2:32
    A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, An...
    John 11:52
    And not for that nation only, but also that He ...
    Romans 10:12
    For there is no distinction between Jew and Gre...
    Romans 10:13
    For "whoever calls on the name of the LORD shal...
    Romans 15:9
    And that the Gentiles might glorify God for His...
    Romans 15:16
    That I might be a minister of Jesus Christ to t...
  15. Cross References
    Acts 8:1
    Now Saul was consenting to his death. At that time a great persecution arose against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.
    Acts 8:4
    Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word.
  16. Cross References
    Acts 6:1
    Now in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, there arose a complaint against the Hebrews by the Hellenists, because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution.
    Acts 9:29
    And he spoke boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus and disputed against the Hellenists, but they attempted to kill him.
  17. Cross References
    Luke 1:66
    And all those who heard them kept them in their hearts, saying, "What kind of child will this be?" And the hand of the Lord was with him.
    Acts 2:47
    Praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.
  18. Cross References
    Acts 9:35
    So all who dwelt at Lydda and Sharon saw him and turned to the Lord.
    Acts 14:1
    Now it happened in Iconium that they went together to the synagogue of the Jews, and so spoke that a great multitude both of the Jews and of the Greeks believed.
  19. Cross References
    Acts 4:36
    And Joses, who was also named Barnabas by the apostles (which is translated Son of Encouragement), a Levite of the country of Cyprus.
    Acts 9:27
    But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. And he declared to them how he had seen the Lord on the road, and that He had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus.
  20. Cross References
    Acts 13:43
    Now when the congregation had broken up, many of the Jews and devout proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas, who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.
    Acts 14:22
    Strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, "We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.
  21. Cross References
    Acts 6:5
    And the saying pleased the whole multitude. And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas, a proselyte from Antioch.
  22. Cross References
    Acts 5:14
    And believers were increasingly added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women.
    Acts 11:21
    And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number believed and turned to the Lord.
  23. Cross References
    Acts 9:11
    So the Lord said to him, "Arise and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus, for behold, he is praying.
    Acts 9:30
    When the brethren found out, they brought him down to Caesarea and sent him out to Tarsus.
  24. Cross References
    Acts 2:17
    And it shall come to pass in the last days, say...
    Acts 13:1
    Now in the church that was at Antioch there wer...
    Acts 15:32
    Now Judas and Silas, themselves being prophets ...
    Acts 21:9
    Now this man had four virgin daughters who prop...
    1 Corinthians 12:28
    And God has appointed these in the church: firs...
    Ephesians 4:11
    And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some p...
  25. Cross References
    John 16:13
    However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.
    Acts 21:10
    And as we stayed many days, a certain prophet named Agabus came down from Judea.
  26. Cross References
    Acts 18:2
    And he found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla (because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to depart from Rome); and he came to them.
  27. Cross References
    Romans 15:26
    For it pleased those from Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor among the saints who are in Jerusalem.
    1 Corinthians 16:1
    Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given orders to the churches of Galatia, so you must do also:
    2 Corinthians 9:1
    Now concerning the ministering to the saints, it is superfluous for me to write to you.
  28. Cross References
    Acts 12:25
    And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem when they had fulfilled their ministry, and they also took with them John whose surname was Mark.
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