Acts 26:19-23..19 “So, King Agrippa, I did not prove disobedient to the heavenly vision,
Paul had shared with the King the testimony of his salvation on the Damascus Road in Acts 26:1-18.
62 AD – V.19 Paul obeyed the command of Jesus to proclaim the gospel. V.20 he started where he was saved in Damascus, then in Jerusalem, Judea and to the Jews & Gentiles in the world. This is the command given to all Disciples in Acts 1:8. Paul’s message to all people was they should repent and turn to God and then perform deeds that indicated they had repented. In all his writings Paul rejected good works for salvation, but that works would result from salvation.
21 For this reason some Jews seized me in the temple and tried to put me to death.
V.21 it was because he proclaimed the word to Gentiles that the Jews tried to kill him.
22 So, having obtained help from God, I stand to this day testifying both to small and great, stating nothing but what the Prophets and Moses said was going to take place; 23 that the Christ was to suffer, and that by reason of His resurrection from the dead He would be the first to proclaim light both to the Jewish people and to the Gentiles.”
V.22-23 Paul had been rescued by the Roman commander in Jerusalem and transferred under heavy guard to Caesarea where he had been tried by Felix and was again on trial by Agrippa. Paul gave the credit for his rescue to God and he was testifying both to small and great people the gospel of Jesus “to this day”. The gospel had been foretold by the Prophets and Moses. There are over 300 prophecies in the Old Testament that were fulfilled by the birth, life, death, burial, resurrection and ascension of Jesus. These are settled facts and truth for these 16 reasons. A
He would suffer and proclaim the light of the gospel to the Jews and Gentiles. The message of a suffering and resurrected Jesus are the gospel. Paul, as Christ’s servant and messenger and all His disciples now, are an instrument through which Christ fulfilled His ministry as a light. The Scripture is powerful unto salvation.
Each time we have the opportunity to talk to others about our faith, we should be prepared to point them to the Scriptures. Is someone asks a question you can’t answer, say I will get back with you and then search for the answer. If you cannot find the answer ask a pastor or teacher.
Henry Luke 2/22/2018
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