Acts 11


Acts 11:18

When they heard this, they quieted down and glorified God, saying, “Well then, God has granted to the Gentiles also the repentance that leads to life.”

(a) God has granted to the Gentiles also. Initially Peter understood that God had granted repentance only to Israel (Acts 5:31), but now he understood that God’s grace is for all.

(b) Granted… repentance. Repentance, like faith, is a gift from God (Eph. 2:8). It is goodness of God revealed in Jesus the exalted Savior that leads us to change our unbelieving minds and repent (Rom. 2:4).


Acts 11:21

And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a large number who believed turned to the Lord.

Turned to the Lord. In the new covenant, repentance is often described as a return or turning to God (see entry for Acts 26:20).


Acts 11:23

Then when he arrived and witnessed the grace of God, he rejoiced and began to encourage them all with resolute heart to remain true to the Lord;

The grace of God refers to the goodwill, lovingkindness, and favor of God that is freely given to us so that we may partake in his divine life. See entry for Grace of God.


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