Acts 12

Acts 12:1

Now about that time Herod the king laid hands on some who belonged to the church in order to mistreat them.

Herod the king. Herod Antipas was tetrarch of Galilee at the time of Christ’s crucifixion. He was responsible for the murder of John the Baptist (Luke 9:9) and had tried to kill Jesus (Luke 13:31). See entry for Luke 3:1.

Acts 12:24

But the word of the Lord continued to grow and to be multiplied.

(a) The word of the Lord is synonymous with the word of God. The gospel of Jesus, in other words. Jesus is the Word of God made flesh (John 1:14, Rev. 19:13), and the exact radiance or representation of God the Father (Heb. 1:3).

See entry for Word of God.

(b) Continued to grow. The preaching of the gospel bore fruit. People were turning to God and being delivered from sin and sickness.

The Christians of the early church bore witness to the great fruitfulness of the gospel (Acts 13:49, 19:10, 20). By the time Paul wrote to the Colossians, the gospel was bearing fruit all over the world (Col. 1:6).

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