Breaking Down the Barriers

13 From Paphos, Paul and his companions sailed to Perga in Pamphylia, where John left them to return to Jerusalem. 14 From Perga they went on to Pisidian Antioch. On the Sabbath they entered the synagogue and sat down. 15 After the reading from the Law and the Prophets, the leaders of the synagogue sent word to them, saying, “Brothers, if you have a word of exhortation for the people, please speak.”

16 Standing up, Paul motioned with his hand and said: “Fellow Israelites and you Gentiles who worship God, listen to me! Acts 13:13-16

In just a short period of time, the Gospel had spread to modern day Turkey. There are two miracles in these verses. First that the Gospel had spread so quickly is amazing. Secondly, Paul addresses the Israelites and Gentiles in the same place. Not only had the Gospel spread, but the racial and cultural barriers between Jew and Gentile had been lifted. They were free to worship together.

I don’t know a lot about heaven but I’d like to think that all barriers will be dropped between races, nationalities, cultures, and sexes. The worship we will experience will be the fullest and richest we’ve ever seen and heard, and we’ll do it all over again the next day, except there won’t be a next day. It’s all light all the time without a hint of darkness. That light will expose the biases and preconceived notions we had about others, and lead us to worship Him more.

I can’t wait!

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