Acts 15:32

ESV And Judas and Silas, who were themselves prophets, encouraged and strengthened the brothers with many words.
NIV Judas and Silas, who themselves were prophets, said much to encourage and strengthen the believers.
NASB Judas and Silas, also being prophets themselves, encouraged and strengthened the brothers and sisters with a lengthy message.
CSB Both Judas and Silas, who were also prophets themselves, encouraged the brothers and sisters and strengthened them with a long message.
NLT Then Judas and Silas, both being prophets, spoke at length to the believers, encouraging and strengthening their faith.
KJV And Judas and Silas, being prophets also themselves, exhorted the brethren with many words, and confirmed them.

What does Acts 15:32 mean?

A young man named Saul had stood over the coats of the men who murdered the Christian deacon Stephen. Saul approved of the mob justice as he believed this new sect of Judaism that worshiped Jesus of Nazareth as God and the Son of God was an abomination. He received permission to persecute Jesus-followers in Jerusalem and abroad and did so ruthlessly… until Jesus appeared to him and claimed him (Acts 7:54—8:3; 9).

Due to his persecution, Christians fled Jerusalem and took the good news of Jesus' offer of salvation throughout Judea, Samaria, and beyond (Acts 8:4–40). Refugees from Cyprus and Cyrene traveled north to Syrian Antioch, planting a church with a great number of Gentiles. When the leaders in Jerusalem heard, they sent Barnabas, who was from Cyprus, to investigate. He found a healthy young church that needed training. He sought out Saul, who had been tucked away in nearby Tarsus, to help (Acts 11:19–26).

It appears that church in Syrian Antioch had been left relatively unattended by Jerusalem since then. Recently, however, a group of Jewish Christians, desperately clinging to their old identity as Pharisees, had gone to Antioch and told the Gentiles they must be circumcised in order to be saved. Saul—now going by the name Paul—and Barnabas traveled to Jerusalem with their concerns. The apostles and elders in Jerusalem disavowed the message of the Pharisees and sent Judas Barsabbas and Silas, along with a letter, to reassure the Antiochenes. They are doing nothing wrong. They are, indeed, welcome members of the church (Acts 15:1–31).

The New Testament mentions prophets in the church several times but rarely explains what it is they prophesy outside of general truths or events during the end times. Agabus predicted a famine (Acts 11:28) and Paul's arrest (Acts 21:10–11), but other messages delivered to specific churches are somewhat rare. So, we don't know what it is Judas and Silas tell the Antiochenes. It is interesting to note, however, that with Jerusalem, Alexandria, Rome, and later Constantinople, Syrian Antioch becomes one of the most important cities in the early church's development of theology.
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