Paul finishes with the life of Jesus and in this sermon introduces the idea of Justification, which is very characteristic of his letters. He highlights the inability to be righteous through the law. Whoever believes is made righteous.
The persecution came when Paul became too popular. This happens with both Jews and Gentiles. The opposition was led by prominent religious women.
All who were appointed to eternal life believed (Acts 13:48)! God makes sure people believe. How encouraging to evangelism!
The theme of 'decay' is interesting. The resurrection means no decay. Yeah!