Paul and Barnabas apostolic partnership was very effective because they already had a very excellent friendship. Their friendship began when the newly converted Saul, returned to Jerusalem and tried to join the Jerusalem church.
Acts 9:26 NKJV
“And when Saul had come to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples; but they were all afraid of him, and did not believe that he was a disciple.”
However, Barnabas chose to believe in the genuineness of Saul’s conversion.
Acts 9:27 NKJV
“But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. And he declared to them how he had seen the Lord on the road, and that He had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus.”
Saul had a very unique testimony. Everyone knew him as a chief persecutor of Christianity, but suddenly he had turned into a preacher of Christ.
Galatians 1:23 NKJV
“But they were hearing only, “He who formerly persecuted us now preaches the faith which he once tried to destroy.”
Saul’s unique testimony and his bold intellectual preaching soon made him a top target of the haters.
Acts 9:29 NKJV
“And he spoke boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus and disputed against the Hellenists, but they attempted to kill him.”
Saul takes refuge in his hometown Tarsus.
The budding friendship between Paul and Barnabas was disrupted because Saul had to flee from Jerusalem.
Acts 9:30 NKJV
“When the brethren found out, they brought him down to Caesarea and sent him out to Tarsus.”
Barnabas traveled to Tarsus and brought Paul with him to Antioch.
Acts 11:25-26a NKJV
“Then Barnabas departed for Tarsus to seek Saul. And when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch.”
May you be blessed with long lasting and faithful friendships. May God’s power propel you into your destiny, in Jesus’s name.