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11:1 And the apostles and brethren that were in Judaea heard that the Gentiles had also received the word of God.
11:2 And when Peter was come up to Jerusalem, they that were of the circumcision contended with him,
11:3 Saying, Thou wentest in to men uncircumcised, and didst eat with them.
11:4 But Peter rehearsed the matter from the beginning, and expounded it by order unto them, saying,
11:5 I was in the city of Joppa praying: and in a trance I saw a vision, A certain vessel descend, as it had been a great sheet, let down from heaven by four corners; and it came even to me:
11:6 Upon the which when I had fastened mine eyes, I considered, and saw fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air.
11:7 And I heard a voice saying unto me, Arise, Peter; slay and eat.
11:8 But I said, Not so, Lord: for nothing common or unclean hath at any time entered into my mouth.
11:9 But the voice answered me again from heaven, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.
11:10 And this was done three times: and all were drawn up again into heaven.
11:11 And, behold, immediately there were three men already come unto the house where I was, sent from Caesarea unto me.
11:12 And the Spirit bade me go with them, nothing doubting. Moreover these six brethren accompanied me, and we entered into the man's house:
11:13 And he shewed us how he had seen an angel in his house, which stood and said unto him, Send men to Joppa, and call for Simon, whose surname is Peter;
11:14 Who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved.
11:15 And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning.
11:16 Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost.
11:17 Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God?
11:18 When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.
11:19 Now they which were scattered abroad upon the persecution that arose about Stephen travelled as far as Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to none but unto the Jews only.
11:20 And some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene, which, when they were come to Antioch, spake unto the Grecians, preaching the LORD Jesus.
11:21 And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number believed, and turned unto the Lord.
11:22 Then tidings of these things came unto the ears of the church which was in Jerusalem: and they sent forth Barnabas, that he should go as far as Antioch.
11:23 Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord.
11:24 For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and much people was added unto the Lord.
11:25 Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul:
11:26 And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.
11:27 And in these days came prophets from Jerusalem unto Antioch.
11:28 And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signified by the Spirit that there should be great dearth throughout all the world: which came to pass in the days of Claudius Caesar.
11:29 Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judaea:
11:30 Which also they did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.

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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
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Book: Acts
Chapter: 11

Peter's defence. (1-18) The success of the Gospel at Antioch.
(19-24) The disciples named Christians, Relief sent to Judea.

1-18 The imperfect state of human nature strongly appears, when
godly persons are displeased even to hear that the Word of God
has been received, because their own system has not been
attended to. And we are too apt to despair of doing good to
those who yet, when tried, prove very teachable. It is the bane
and damage of the Church, to shut out those from it, and from
the benefit of the Means of Grace, who are not in every thing as
we are. Peter stated the whole affair. We should at all times
Bear with the infirmities of our brethren; and instead of taking
Offence, or answering with warmth, we should explain our
motives, and show the nature of our proceedings. That preaching
is certainly right, with which the Holy Ghost is given. While
men are very zealous for their own regulations, they should take
care that they do not withstand God; and those who Love the Lord
will Glorify him, when made sure that he has given Repentance to
Life to any fellow-sinners. Repentance is God's Gift; not only
his free Grace accepts it, but his mighty Grace Works it in us,
Grace takes away the Heart of Stone, and gives us a Heart of
Flesh. The Sacrifice of God is a broken Spirit.

19-24 The first preachers of the Gospel at Antioch, were
dispersed from Jerusalem By Persecution; thus what was meant to
hurt the Church, was made to work for its good. The wrath of Man
is made to praise God. What should the ministers of Christ
preach, but Christ? Christ, and him crucified? Christ, and him
glorified? And their preaching was accompanied with the Divine
power. The Hand of the Lord was with them, to bring that home to
the hearts and consciences of men, which they could but speak to
the outward Ear. They believed; they were convinced of the Truth
of the Gospel. They turned from a careless, Carnal way of
living, to live a holy, heavenly, spiritual Life. They turned
from worshipping God in show and ceremony, to Worship him in the
Spirit and in Truth. They turned to the Lord Jesus, and he
became all in all with them. This was the work of Conversion
wrought upon them, and it must be wrought upon every one of us.
It was the Fruit of their Faith; all who sincerely believe, will
turn to the Lord, When the Lord Jesus is preached in simplicity,
and according to the Scriptures, he will give success; and when
sinners are thus brought to the Lord, really good men, who are
full of Faith and of the Holy Ghost, will admire and rejoice in
the Grace of God bestowed On them. Barnabas was full of Faith;
full of the Grace of Faith, and full of the fruits of the Faith
that Works By Love.

25-30 Hitherto the followers of Christ were called disciples,
that is, learners, scholars; but from that time they were called
Christians. The proper meaning of this name is, a follower of
Christ; it denotes one who, from serious thought, embraces the
religion of Christ, believes his promises, and makes it his
chief care to shape his Life By Christ's precepts and Example.
Hence it is Plain that multitudes take the name of Christian to
whom it does not rightly belong. But the name without the
reality will only add to our guilt. While the bare profession
will bestow neither profit nor delight, the possession of it
will give both the promise of the Life that now is, and of that
which is to come. Grant, Lord, that Christians may forget other
names and distinctions, and Love one another as the followers of
Christ ought to do. True Christians will feel for their brethren
under Afflictions. Thus will Fruit be brought forth to the
praise and Glory of God. If all mankind were true Christians,
how cheerfully would they help one another! The whole Earth
would be like one large family, every member of which would
strive to be dutiful and kind.

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