Acts 13:46 Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.
Paul and Barnabas have been preaching now for two Saturdays straight at the synagogue. On the first sabbath (Saturday) they had preached the gospel very clearly. When the service was over the Jews departed and the Gentiles stayed after to talk to God’s men.
They begged them to preach these great truths to them. They had a heart and interest in the things of God.
The next Saturday even more people came out to hear the Word of God preached. This time the Jews became very jealous. They began to preach against Paul and to contradict what he had said.
Now comes Paul and Barnabas’ reaction. We felt it was necessary to preach to you first the Word of God. You are the nation of Israel, the people of God. BUT
If you want to put the Word of God away from you, if you want to reject the truth then that is your decision.
It is you that have decided that you are not worthy of everlasting life. It is you that have decided to reject the truth of God.
Now this brings us to the application. There are many people out there that today are know as atheists or agnostics. I have some very dear loved ones that have put themselves in that category.
Not only the atheists and agnostics but many of you that would say that you want to believe but you do not have time right now. You want to believe but other things are more important. You are too busy for the things of God right now.
You want to argue the finer points of theology but you are not ready to submit yourselves to the truths of God’s Word-well to all of you let me remind you of the very harsh words that we find in this passage:
You are putting the Word of God from you, you are judging yourself unworthy of everlasting life. What a sad commentary. You are not able to blame anyone. Blaming Christians that have done poorly or incorrectly will not be an excuse. Blaming the hypocrites will not suffice.
You are making a personal decision. A decision that I beg you to reconsider. I know that there have been many false Christians. I know that much has been done wrong in the name of Christ.
I too am embarrassed about much that I have seen and heard but that does not change the fact that you are not rejecting a church or hypocrites but the God of Heaven and His Word.
Please do not push the Word away. Please do not decide that you are not worthy of Everlasting Life.
Others will hear. They will accept. God will make a tremendous difference in their life here on earth and then for all of eternity. I challenge you.
Reject the false Christianity that is every where. Reject the hypocrites and the merchandising ministers but do not reject the God of the Bible, Jesus come in human flesh to pay your sin debt.
Get a copy of the Bible. Get into it and learn what God has to say. Come and learn do not run and hide!