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The apostles and the believers throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God.

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Starting from the beginning, Peter told them the whole story:

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“I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision. I saw something like a large sheet being let down from heaven by its four corners, and it came down to where I was.

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I looked into it and saw four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, reptiles and birds.

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Then I heard a voice telling me, ‘Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.’

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“I replied, ‘Surely not, Lord! Nothing impure or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’

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“The voice spoke from heaven a second time, ‘Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.’

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This happened three times, and then it was all pulled up to heaven again.

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“Right then three men who had been sent to me from Caesarea stopped at the house where I was staying.

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The Spirit told me to have no hesitation about going with them. These six brothers also went with me, and we entered the man’s house.

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He told us how he had seen an angel appear in his house and say, ‘Send to Joppa for Simon who is called Peter.

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He will bring you a message through which you and all your household will be saved.’

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“As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit came on them as he had come on us at the beginning.

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Then I remembered what the Lord had said: ‘John baptized with[fn] water, but you will be baptized with[fn] the Holy Spirit.’

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So if God gave them the same gift he gave us who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to think that I could stand in God’s way?”

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When they heard this, they had no further objections and praised God, saying, “So then, even to Gentiles God has granted repentance that leads to life.”

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Now those who had been scattered by the persecution that broke out when Stephen was killed traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus and Antioch, spreading the word only among Jews.

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Some of them, however, men from Cyprus and Cyrene, went to Antioch and began to speak to Greeks also, telling them the good news about the Lord Jesus.

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The Lord’s hand was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord.

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News of this reached the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch.

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When he arrived and saw what the grace of God had done, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts.

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He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord.

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Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul,

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and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.

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During this time some prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch.

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One of them, named Agabus, stood up and through the Spirit predicted that a severe famine would spread over the entire Roman world. (This happened during the reign of Claudius.)

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The disciples, as each one was able, decided to provide help for the brothers and sisters living in Judea.

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This they did, sending their gift to the elders by Barnabas and Saul.
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