Acts 13:38-41

Therefore let it be known to you, brothers, that through this one forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you,  and by this one everyone who believes is justified from everything from which the law of Moses could not justify you.  Watch out, then, that what is spoken about by the prophets does not happen to you:  ‘Look, you scoffers; be amazed and perish! For I am doing a work in your days, a work you would never believe, even if someone tells you.’”

“Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.  Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses.  Take care that what the prophets have said does not happen to you:  “‘Look, you scoffers, wonder and perish, for I am going to do something in your days that you would never believe, even if someone told you.’”

Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins;  and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses.  Beware therefore, lest what has been spoken in the prophets come upon you:  ‘Behold, you despisers, Marvel and perish! For I work a work in your days, A work which you will by no means believe, Though one were to declare it to you.’”

“Brothers, listen! We are here to proclaim that through this man Jesus there is forgiveness for your sins.  Everyone who believes in him is declared right with God—something the law of Moses could never do.  Be careful! Don’t let the prophets’ words apply to you. For they said,  ‘Look, you mockers, be amazed and die! For I am doing something in your own day, something you wouldn’t believe even if someone told you about it.’”

Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins:  And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.  Beware therefore, lest that come upon you, which is spoken of in the prophets;  Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish: for I work a work in your days, a work which ye shall in no wise believe, though a man declare it unto you.


Paul is at Antioch, and this is an excerpt from his preaching concerning how God has orchestrated redemptive history to hinge upon Jesus Christ. God has done the unbelievable in our midst in Christ Jesus: He has provided the necessary sacrifice for sin, so that we may again be His family. In Genesis, we saw this scenario play out with Abraham and Isaac. God asked Abraham to take Isaac and sacrifice him. This is where we see Abraham’s faith, because he does this. Along the way, Isaac questions and asks where the sacrifice is for the offering – and Abraham tells Isaac, “God will provide the sacrifice.” Jesus is the One provided as a sacrifice for all sin. Salvation, however impossible it may seem, is found in Christ Jesus…and is available to all. That is the good news – believe it!