Then they passed through Pisidia and came to Pamphylia. When they had spoken the Word in Perga, they went down to Attalia. From there they sailed back to Antioch, where they had been commended to the Grace of God for the work that they had completed. When they arrived, they called the Church together and related all that God had done with them, and how He had opened a door of Faith for the Gentiles. And they stayed there with the disciples for some time. Acts 14:24-28
Remember Acts 8:3. Paul’s conviction by the Presence of Jesus Christ, his eyes covered with scales, and Jesus says, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute Me?” In Chapter 9 of Acts the Lord tells Ananias to go and lay his hands on Saul and that is the moment when the Holy Spirit’s Power fills Saul. Saul receives New Birth in Christ. Yet his ministry will not be easy for unbeknownst to him he will take the Word of the Lord to the Gentiles and be persecuted for it.
At today’s moment in Scripture Saul, now Paul, and Silas/Barnabas return to Antioch and the fruits of the laying on of hands is clear as they call the Church together and relate all that God has done. The nature and design of the laying on of hands produces the open door of Faith in Savior Jesus for the Gentiles. The synagogues of the Jews were the sounding boards for the Savior’s Spirit to fall afresh.
The open of the Door of Faith let the Light of Christ Alive fall to women, men, and children’s hearts who receive Christ as Savior and Lord. Yet not without cost to the two travelers who have been persecuted to the fullest extent during their ministry and now stay with the disciples for some time to heal, reflect, and revive themselves for the persecution ahead. Thus, our Faith rests on the blood of Christ and the bloodiness of the saints who started first Churches.