Acts 13:30

ESV But God raised him from the dead,
NIV But God raised him from the dead,
NASB But God raised Him from the dead;
CSB But God raised him from the dead,
NLT But God raised him from the dead!
KJV But God raised him from the dead:
NKJV But God raised Him from the dead.

What does Acts 13:30 mean?

The only reason the Jews are still a people in the time of Paul is because of God's saving work. God used Moses to save them from slavery in Egypt and starvation in the wilderness, Joshua to save them from the nomadic, landless life, and judges and kings to save them from foreign oppressors. Through the prophets, including prophecies of David and John the Baptist, God also promised a Savior who would sit on David's throne and bring peace and independence to Israel (Acts 13:17–25, 27).

The problem is, the Savior has come and gone, and Israel is neither independent nor at peace.

Paul is explaining to a group of Jews and God-fearing Gentiles that there is more to peace than politics. There is also peace with God through the forgiveness of sins (Acts 13:38–39). First, however, Paul must explain who this Savior is and how He can offer this salvation. He has shared how the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem betrayed and rejected the Savior, fulfilling the prophecies found in Jewish Scripture (Acts 13:26–29). Now he is revealing an unexpected turn of events: God saved the Savior!

Jesus was beaten, crucified, killed, and buried. And then God raised Him from the dead. It is because God saved Jesus from what people did to Him that Jesus can save those same people who rejected God. This message, not political prosperity and independence, is the heart of the covenant God made with Abraham (Genesis 12:3).
What is the Gospel?
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