What to do first? When Paul went into a new city, he first sought out the Jewish community there. He typically went to the synagogue, if there was one. He followed his pattern when he came into the city of Corinth.
What is a good response? It has long been observed that wherever Paul preached, there was either a revival or a revolt. Paul’s preaching got a response, sometimes good and sometimes not. This passage compares the response in Berea with the response in Thessalonica.
What happened at the synagogue? Paul’s custom was to go to the Jews first when he came into a new city. He went to the synagogue in Thessalonica and preached from the Old Testament that Jesus is the Messiah.
How about suffering? God had revealed to Paul that he was chosen to suffer great things for Christ’s sake. Paul came to Iconium and Lystra and met with great persecution. He was stoned at Lystra and left outside the city supposed to be dead.
How can the guilty be cleared? Paul concludes his sermon in the synagogue at Antioch of Pisidia with a profound declaration. Though faith in Jesus, all who believe are forgiven for sins and justified from the condemnation of the law. He then warns them about unbelief.
What about Jesus? Paul continues his message in the Synagogue at Antioch of Pisidia. He shows Jesus as the fulfillment of the promise for a Messiah, the son of David, to come. Jesus’ resurrection fulfills Scripture and proves him to be the Messiah.