Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all…
I. WHAT ARE WE TO UNDERSTAND BY THE GRACE OF GOD?
1. His free love or favour (Ephesians 2:5), by which believers are delivered from the curse of a broken law, from wrath, from the guilt, love, and dominion of sin.
2. A Divine principle in the heart (2 Peter 3:18; Colossians 3:16).
II. HOW THIS GRACE MAY BE SEEN.
1. In spiritual quickening (Ephesians 2:1).
2. In the work of conversion.
3. In the outward deportment (Matthew 7:17; Matthew 12:35).
4. By the company kept.
5. By the places of resort frequented (Psalm 84:1, 2).
III. THE EFFECT THE SIGHT HAD ON BARNABAS.
1. He was glad —
(1) That sinners were called,
(2) That their lives were reformed.
(3) That Christ was believed on.
(4) That the gospel was received.
(5) That God was glorified thereby.
2. He exhorted them to cleave unto the Lord.
(1) Unto His Person.
(2) To His blood for pardon.
(3) His righteousness for acceptance.
(4) His fulness for supplies of grace.
Parallel VersesKJV: 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.
WEB: who, when he had come, and had seen the grace of God, was glad. He exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they should remain near to the Lord.