Friday, January 13, 2012

The Message of This Salvation

Acts 13:16-25 (NRSV)

Leaders prior to Christ's coming

So Paul stood up and with a gesture began to speak:

"You Israelites, and others who fear God, listen. The God of this people Israel

chose our ancestors and made the people great during their stay in the land of

Egypt, and with uplifted arm he led them out of it. For about forty years he put

up with them in the wilderness. After he had destroyed seven nations in the

land of Canaan, he gave them their land as an inheritance for about four

hundred fifty years. After that he gave them judges until the time of the

prophet Samuel. Then they asked for a king; and God gave them Saul son of

Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, who reigned for forty years. When he had

removed him, he made David their king. In his testimony about him he said, 'I

have found David, son of Jesse, to be a man after my heart, who will carry out

all my wishes.' Of this man's posterity God has brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus,

as he promised; before his coming John had already proclaimed a baptism of

repentance to all the people of Israel. And as John was finishing his work, he

said, 'What do you suppose that I am? I am not he. No, but one is coming after

me; I am not worthy to untie the thong of the sandals on his feet.'

"My brothers, you descendants of Abraham's family, and others who fear God,

to us the message of this salvation has been sent.

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