1The emissaries and the brothers throughout Y’hudah heard that the Goyim had received the word of God; 2but when Kefa went up to Yerushalayim, the members of the Circumcision faction criticized him, 3saying, “You went into the homes of uncircumcised men and even ate with them!”
4In reply, Kefa began explaining in detail what had actually happened: 5“I was in the city of Yafo, praying; and in a trance I had a vision. I saw something like a large sheet being lowered by its four corners from heaven, and it came down to me. 6I looked inside and saw four-footed animals, beasts of prey, crawling creatures and wild birds. 7Then I heard a voice telling me, ‘Get up, Kefa, slaughter and eat!’ 8I said, ‘No, sir! Absolutely not! Nothing unclean or treif has ever entered my mouth!’ 9But the voice spoke again from heaven: ‘Stop treating as unclean what God has made clean.’ 10This happened three times, and then everything was pulled back up into heaven.
11“At that very moment, three men who had been sent to me from Caesarea arrived at the house where I was staying; 12and the Spirit told me to have no misgivings about going back with them. These six brothers also came with me, and we went into the man’s house. 13He told us how he had seen the angel standing in his house and saying, ‘Send to Yafo and bring back Shim‘on, known as Kefa. 14He has a message for you which will enable you and your whole household to be saved.’
15“But I had hardly begun speaking when the Ruach HaKodesh fell on them, just as on us at the beginning! 16And I remembered that the Lord had said, ‘Yochanan used to immerse people in water, but you will be immersed in the Ruach HaKodesh.’ 17Therefore, if God gave them the same gift as he gave us after we had come to put our trust in the Lord Yeshua the Messiah, who was I to stand in God’s way?”
18On hearing these things, they stopped objecting and began to praise God, saying, “This means that God has enabled the Goyim as well to do t’shuvah and have life!”
19Now those who had been scattered because of the persecution which had arisen over Stephen went as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus and Antioch; they spoke God’s word, but only to Jews. 20However, some of these, men from Cyprus and Cyrene, when they arrived at Antioch, began speaking to the Greeks too, proclaiming the Good News of the Lord Yeshua. 21The hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number of people trusted and turned to the Lord.
22News of this reached the ears of the Messianic community in Yerushalayim, and they sent Bar-Nabba to Antioch. 23On arriving and seeing for himself the grace of God at work, he was glad; and he encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with their whole hearts; 24for he was a good man, full of the Ruach HaKodesh and trust.
25Then Bar-Nabba went off to Tarsus to look for Sha’ul; 26and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. They met with the congregation there for a whole year and taught a sizeable crowd. Also it was in Antioch that the talmidim for the first time were called “Messianic.”
27During this time, some prophets came down from Yerushalayim to Antioch; 28and one of them named Agav stood up and through the Spirit predicted that there was going to be a severe famine throughout the Roman Empire. (It took place while Claudius was Emperor.) 29So the talmidim decided to provide relief to the brothers living in Y’hudah, each according to his means; 30and they did it, sending their contribution to the elders in the care of Bar-Nabba and Sha’ul.