So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria
enjoyed peace, being built up; and going on in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it continued to increase.
So in this verse seems to connect the last part of the chapter to the first part of the chapter. What in the first part of this chapter made the difference in the church that is recorded in the last part of the chapter? Two men who listened to God and obeyed Him.
Saul whose conversion is recorded in verses 1 to 19 was completely changed. As best as I can tell he was a different kind of person from what he was before. He was still a biblical scholar but now the Scriptures made sense to him. He could see God and God’s plan in them.
Barnabas must have been a man who had a close relationship with God. How else could he have trusted what he saw in Saul’s life? Saul had been a murderer of Christians, yet Barnabas recognized in Saul a change that reflected God’s working in Saul’s life.
Two men who listened to God and obeyed His Word. As a result, the Holy Spirit was able to work, and Christians could grow in the fear of the Lord.
How blessed are those who observe His testimonies,
Who seek Him with all their heart.
one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty,
and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer
but an effectual doer,
this man will be blessed in what he does.