Posted by: Rex Boyles | June 9, 2008

“But Barnabas took him …”

“When he came to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he really was a disciple. 27 But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. He told them how Saul on his journey had seen the Lord and that the Lord had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had preached fearlessly in the name of Jesus” (Acts 9:26-28; NIV).

Saul had seen the Lord. Saul had obeyed the Lord. Saul was now Paul, the apostle.

But …

But the disciples were afraid of him, “not believing that he was a disciple”.

I don’t blame them. How would they know? How would they ever be able to trust this (former) terrorist? 

Thank God for Barnabas.

Does he “know” anymore than the other disciples? Does he have some kind of guarantee that Saul is really Paul? Is there no risk to Barnabas standing up for Paul?

Thank God for Barnabas.

He accepted a man, who was unacceptable to others.

He trusted a man’s testimony of his new life, when others could only focus on his past life.

He invested his reputation and even his life in a man whose reputation and life were suspect to others. 

Thank God for Barnabas.

He did what no one else would do … and the man he accepted … trusted … invested in … preached the gospel – “that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven” (Colossians 1:23, NIV).

Thank God for Barnabas


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