Acts 26:27-29.. 27 King Agrippa, do you believe the Prophets? I know that you do.”
Paul turned to Agrippa and asked him if he believed in the message of the prophets. Before the king could respond, Paul answered in the affirmative for him—I know you believe. Agrippa had sufficient Old Testament knowledge to assure Festus that Paul’s arguments based on prophecy were well-founded. But Paul had more in mind than simply establishing his innocence. He wanted to convince Agrippa so that he too would have a personal relationship with Christ.
28 Agrippa replied to Paul, “In a short time you will persuade me to become a Christian.” 29 And Paul said, “I would wish to God, that whether in a short or long time, not only you, but also all who hear me this day, might become such as I am, except for these chains.”
Agrippa replied something like this; do you think in this short time you can persuade me to become a Christian. Paul had delivered the invitation and Agrippa responded.
Paul prayer to God was that whether in a short or long time Agrippa and all who heard him that day would become a believer in Jesus like him, but without the chains.
32 And Agrippa said to Festus, “This man might have been set free if he had not appealed to Caesar.”
We have no indication that anyone believed in Jesus that day but Agrippa did say Paul could be set free except for his appealing to Rome. He had to do that to keep from being sent back to Jerusalem for trial by Festus in Acts 25:6-12. Paul was faithful to deliver the message and leave the result to those hearing and to the hand of Jesus.
Paul saw every circumstance as an opportunity to present the gospel. Everyone who hears the gospel must be given the opportunity to make a decision about Jesus. Can you think of ways you can give people the opportunity to respond even in unusual circumstances?
Henry Luke 2/24/2018
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