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Notes 29 May 2022

29 may 2022

“gospel food”

Joh 4:34  Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.

We see in this chapter our Saviour’s meeting with the woman of Samaria. The disciples enter the city to look for food and leave Christ by the well, where he meets this woman. This woman would believe in Jesus Christ.

When the disciples return and offer him food, our Saviour declines and says his food is the will of the Father.

the will of the Father     

What is this food? What is the will of the Father? The will of the Father is to save sinners. The will of the Father is to take away sin.

This will of the Father to save sinners is full of grace and kindness to sinners.

the sending of the Father     

The will of the Father is to send the Son to be the Saviour of sinners. This sending confirms the will of the Father was more than just some vague intention.

When we speak of the sending of the Father we also are mindful of the coming of the Son. The Son was in agreement with the will of the Father. This sending and this coming was from the great glory of Heaven into a very sinful World. This sending and this coming speaks of a great determination to save sinners.

the food of the Son 

The saving of souls is the food Jesus is speaking of. These words describe his desire and satisfaction in the saving of souls, such as with this woman of Samaria.

We say of someone who loves some aspect of their life “they eat sleep and drink” whatever it might be. We could speak the same of Christ with reverence. Better the words of the gospel being his food.

the finishing of the work 

How important to finish this work of salvation. See the desire and intention in this mention of finishing. He spoke of finishing the work in his prayer to the Father before he died. He said on the cross “It is finished”.

29 may 2022

“new era”

Act 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.

Act 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.

We see in this chapter the beginning of a new era. We see gospel connections and cooperation. We see much gospel activity

from caesarea to jerusalem   

We noted this turning point in the history of the gospel, with the first meeting of Gentiles. News had reached Jerusalem of Peter entering into the house of Gentiles and eating with them. Some of the Jewish Christians were disturbed.

Peter gives report of the unusual circumstances and the leading of the Lord.

After the report the saints at Jerusalem are satisfied and praise God for sending the gospel to the Gentiles.

from jerusalem to antioch  

The gospel account continues with reports of the gospel in Antioch and the surrounding area. News of this progress reaches Jerusalem.

The saints at Jerusalem send Barnabas to help in the gospel work in Antioch.

At first the gospel was limited to the Jews, but very soon the gospel was being preached to the Gentiles. After a while Barnabas goes to Tarsus to bring back Saul to help him in the work. Many were being saved at Antioch. Antioch was fast becoming a centre for the gospel work. It was here at Antioch the term “Christians” was first used

from antioch to jerusalem   

There is mention of Agabus making a prophecy of a great famine in Judea.

On hearing this the church at Antioch sends help to the Christians at Jerusalem. It was a mark of the stature of the church in Antioch and also a gesture of kindness

see the new era   

As we mentioned it was the beginning of a new era in the history of the gospel. We now see for the first time the preaching of the gospel to the Gentiles and Gentiles being accepted in the church.

We also see many connections between churches. Even though the churches were independent they obviously worked together and supported each other. This cooperation was like a partnership in the work of the gospel.

The whole mood is one of activity and blessing. It certainly was not the mood of some academic centre or of some religious tradition. It was rather full of life and activity. There was a very real sense of a forward movement.