Barnabas, Many great men and women of faith are mentioned throughout the Scriptures, and one of them is Barnabas. Joseph was his birth name and he was a Levite hailing from Cyprus. He was a wealthy man who sold his property and brought the entire proceeds to the Apostles to support their ministry.

Biography :
Birth: Salamis, Cyprus
Death: 61 AD, Salamis
Native Place: Cyprus
Place of Vision: Cyprus, Antioch

The Bible identifies him as a “good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith” who brought “a great number of people … to the Lord” (Acts 11:24).
His name ‘Barnabas’ was given by Apostles to him, which means ‘son of encouragement,’ and he led a life which truly epitomizes that name.

He had a penchant for encouraging and supporting other believers. When he saw how Paul had become a fervent follower of Christ, he took him under his wing and introduced him to the other Apostles in Jerusalem.

Barnabas Ministry in Cyprus, Antioch

Though other disciples were highly suspicious of the former persecutor, Barnabas courageously vouched for Paul. His encouragement helped Paul to stay in Jerusalem and speak boldly in the name of the Lord.

He worked alongside Paul in taking the Gospel to places like Cyprus, Perga, Antioch in Pisidia, Iconium, and Lystra. Despite the oppositions and persecutions they faced, they continued to spread the Truth. The churches established by them grew steadily.

He never gave up on anyone easily despite their shortcomings. After parting ways from Paul, he took John Mark, who once abandoned him, with him to Cyprus on a missionary journey. Barnabas forsook the pleasures of life and being married, to not to hinder the gospel of Christ.

His steadfast faith and persistence in ministry led many people to Christ, both Jews and gentiles. It is said that, when he was preaching in a synagogue, he was dragged out with a rope bound around his neck, and then was killed publicly.

Beloved, are you a ‘son of encouragement’ for the other believers?

Take away from the article

“Lord, help me not give up on anyone and prepare me for the ministry of encouragement. Amen!”

Word of Prayer

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