Acts 28:28

28 Therefore let it be known to you that 1this 2salvation of God 3has been sent to the Gentiles; 4they will listen."[a]

Acts 28:28 Meaning and Commentary

Acts 28:28

Be it known therefore unto you
Unbelievers and despisers, take this along with you at parting, and do not say you were never acquainted with it:

that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles;
meaning the Gospel, which is a publication and declaration of that salvation, which God contrived from all eternity; made provision for, and secured in the covenant of grace; which he appointed, called, and sent Christ to effect, in the fulness of time; and which he has accomplished, by his obedience, sufferings, and death; even a full, complete, spiritual, and eternal salvation, from sin, Satan, the world, the curse of the law, and eternal death; that that Gospel which proclaims this, and is the power of God unto it, to them that believe, is sent to the Gentile world, by God himself, who has ordered his ministers to turn to them, upon the rejection of it by the Jews:

and [that] they will hear it:
and do understand it and obey it, believe it and profess it: this the apostle could assert upon his own knowledge, who had preached it in many nations of the world; and could testify how gladly they heard it, with what pleasure they received it, how readily they obeyed it, and how cheerfully they professed it, and how steadily they held it; though the Jews despised and put it away from them, judging themselves unworthy of everlasting life: this the apostle says, reproaching them with their folly, stupidity, and infidelity; when the Gentiles, which knew not God, received the Gospel and are saved.

Acts 28:28 In-Context

26 "'Go to this people, and say, You will indeed hear but never understand, and you will indeed see but never perceive.
27 For this people's heart has grown dull, and with their ears they can barely hear, and their eyes they have closed; lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and turn, and I would heal them.'
28 Therefore let it be known to you that this salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles; they will listen."
30 He lived there two whole years at his own expense, and welcomed all who came to him,

Cross References 4

  • 1. Acts 13:26
  • 2. Psalms 67:2; Isaiah 40:5; Luke 2:30; Luke 3:6; [Romans 11:11]
  • 3. See Acts 13:46
  • 4. John 10:16; [Acts 13:48; Matthew 8:11; Matthew 21:43]

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Some manuscripts add verse 29: And when he had said these words, the Jews departed, having much dispute among themselves
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