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One Act of the Apostle Paul In Acts 131-12 it is easy to see how God can work in a persons life This story shows us the journey Paul and Barnabas take to Cyprus the preaching and witnessing they do to the people who come to the synagogues and the way God shows the governor that he really can do miracles in anyones life We see how God is good but can use evil to punish those who try to deny his word This message prepares the way for the rest of Pauls journey by helping him see that it is important to show others how much God can do for their lives Paul learns that things arent always easy and that it takes some work to get others to believe in God In order to explore this theme I will discuss the contextual literary and historical aspects of this paper Acts 13 begins in a church at Antioch where prophets and teachers are gathered Saul and Barnabas were called by God to be set apart and to do work for him They sailed to Cyprus and headed to different towns to preach the word of God in the synagogues They met a magician in Paphos who called them over so he could hear the word of God but he turned everything that Saul and Barnabas said around and made it evil The magician turned the governor against God making Saul and Barnabas very angry so that they asked the Lord to blind him so that the governor so that the governor would believe that God really could do good things The governor did believe and was amazed at what the Lord could do This passage is a distinct literary unit because another story about the death of Herod comes before this passage Hence chapter 13 starts a new section of the book with Pauls first missionary journey After this passage in verses 13 ff
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