The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleActs 12:24
But the word of God grew and multiplied.
] The number of
those who were converted by it, and embraced and professed it,
increased; otherwise the word is the same, whether the professors of
it be more or fewer; and this it did, notwithstanding the
persecution raised against it by Herod whilst he was living; and
after his death, it still gained more ground, met with less
opposition, and was more freely professed.