For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and much people was added to the Lord.
I. A GOOD CREED. Divine truth is the basis of all holy and devoted life. A good man has just views of Deity, of the method of salvation, of the present life, and of that which is to come.
II. A GOOD HEART. It is not possessed as natural to himself. The declaration with respect to the human heart is that it is "deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked." We require, therefore, to have it renewed. And, hence, the promise under both Testaments is, that God will take away the heart of stone and give the heart of flesh — that is, He will give us new dispositions; He will reclaim us from our corrupt affections. Hence, therefore, we are said to be born again, to have received the Holy Spirit, of which Barnabas was full.
III. A GOOD LIFE. The Christian's life is essentially right. It is governed by the fear of God; it is moved by love to Himself; and it is dedicated to the glory of His name.
Parallel VersesKJV: For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and much people was added unto the Lord.