2 comments on “June 2nd Acts 11:19-30

  1. It is good to be encouraged . Thanks for your encouragement today to be an encourager

  2. These are not my words (I would love to write this well) this is from someone I read as part of my daily study and I found this wonderfully encouraging because we often read small throw away lines with out knowing how great and encouraging a few words can make, (not that there are any such lines in Gods word, it is just an expression of how easily we can read something with out knowing the greatness of it) I hope you will be encouraged as much as I was when I first read it.

    The disciples were first called Christians in Antioch:

    been called disciples (Acts 1:15)
    · They had been called saints (Acts 9:13)
    · They had been called believers (Acts 5:14)
    · They had been called brothers (Acts 6:3)
    · They had been called witnesses (Acts 5:32)
    · They had been called followers of the Way (Acts 9:2)
    · They would be called Nazarenes (Acts 24:5)
    · Now they would be called Christians

    i. In Latin, the ending ian meant “the party of.” A Christ-ian was “of the party of Jesus.” Christians was sort of like saying “Jesus-ites,” or “Jesus People,” describing the people associated with Jesus Christ. Boice thinks the idea was that they were called “Christ-ones.”

    ii. Also, soldiers under particular generals in the Roman army identifed themselves by their general’s name by adding ian to the end. A soldier under Caesar would call himself a Caesarian. Soldiers under Jesus Christ could be called Christians.

    iii. In Antioch, they probably first used the term Christians to mock the followers of Jesus. “Antioch was famous for its readiness to jeer and call names; it was known by its witty epigrams.” (Gaebelein) But as the people of Antioch called the followers of Jesus the “Jesus People,” the believers appreciated the title so much that it stuck.

    iv. “Ironside says that when he was traveling in China years ago he was frequently introduced as ‘Yasu-yan.’ At first he did not know what the word meant, but he asked about it and learned that Yasu was the Cantonese word for Jesus, and yan was ‘man.’ So he was being introduced as a ‘Jesus man.’” (Boice)

    v. First called Christians can also have the idea that they were called Christians before they were called anything else. They first identity was now to be called Christians. Today, Christians must be willing to take at least the idea of the title “Jesus People,” and must also be worthy of the name. Instead of claiming any other title – Roman Catholic, Protestant, charismatic, whatever – we should be first called Christians.

    vi. Eusebius, the famous early church historian, described a believer named Sanctus from Lyons, France, who was tortured for Jesus. As they tortured him cruelly, they hoped to get him to say something evil or blasphemous. They asked his name, and he only replied, “I am a Christian.” “What nation do you belong to?” He answered, “I am a Christian.” “What city do you live in?” “I am a Christian.” His questioners began to get angry: “Are you a slave or a free man?” “I am a Christian” was his only reply. No matter what they asked about him, he only answered, “I am a Christian.” This made his torturers all the more determined to break him, but they could not, and he died with the words “I am a Christian” on his lips. (Eusebius, Church History)
    (David Guzik)

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