A Good Man

Then tiding of these things came unto the ears of the church which was in Jerusalem: and they sent forth Barnabas, that he should go as far as Antioch.  Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord.  For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and much people was added unto the Lord.

Acts 11:22-24

Even if we knew nothing else in the Scripture of this man, Barnabas, we would know this about him: “…he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith.”  As far as his character, that’s really all we need to know about him.  What a great testimony.  We should strive to have something similar said about us.

This passage doesn’t tell us a lot about what Barnabas did, other than to say that, when he came to the church in Antioch, he “exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord.”  He encouraged people to follow the Lord, stay close to Him, and serve Him with their whole hearts.  I’m sure that he did other things also, but just encouraging people in the Lord is a very good start on the way to being classified as “a good man.”

He was also “full of the Holy Ghost and of faith.”  He submitted himself to the leading of the Spirit and was full of faith.  He believed what God had said.  He believed in Him.

Barnabas was a good man.  He was full of the Holy Ghost.  He was full of faith.  Those seem like simple things, but could the same be said of us?  Could the Lord have written this verse about us as we live today?

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