Acts 28:21-24 21 They said to him, “We have neither received letters from Judea concerning you, nor have any of the brethren come here and reported or spoken anything bad about you. 22 But we desire to hear from you what your views are; for concerning this sect, it is known to us that it is spoken against everywhere.”
23 When they had set a day for Paul, they came to him at his lodging in large numbers; and he was explaining to them by solemnly testifying about the kingdom of God and trying to persuade them concerning Jesus, from both the Law of Moses and from the Prophets, from morning until evening. 24 Some were being persuaded by the things spoken, but others would not believe.
The Jews in Rome had no interest in hearing about Paul’s appearance before the Caesar, currently Nero. However they did want to know about the Christian sect they had heard so much about. They set a day and a large number came to his house and Paul testified about the Kingdom of God and Jesus from all the Old Testament. This teaching went on for a full day.
Paul’s presentation met with the same response that the apostle often received from his teaching: a divided response. Paul had sought to convince his audience about Jesus’ being the promised Messiah. At the end of the day, some were persuaded by his message. These listeners responded as Paul hoped they would. They believed his arguments from Scripture about Jesus and God’s kingdom. Did they become Christians? Some Bible commentator’s believe they were saved.
Others in the group in Rome did not believe. This unbelieving response to the gospel proclamation was not unusual then; neither is it unexpected today. Those who are called to share the gospel with others, all believers, cannot believe for our hearers. We must be faithful to carry out our mission as witnesses, but salvation will always remain a work that only God can do in the repentant hearts of those who voluntarily respond to Him in faith.
How can we make the gospel message intriguing and interesting? What did Paul begin with in presenting the gospel?
Henry Luke 3/1/2018
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