Tag: Acts 26

Preaching repentance!

Scripture reading for June 9th:  Acts 26

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Acts 26:20-23  “I preached that they should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds.  This why the Jews seized me in the temple courts and tried to kill me.  But I have had God’s help to this very day, and so I stand here and testify to small and great alike.  I am saying nothing beyond what the prophets and Moses said would happen–that the Christ would suffer and, as the first to rise from the dead, would proclaim light to His own people and to the Gentiles.”

Paul next stood before King Agrippa and gave his testimony of encountering Jesus.  He shared how he was compelled to share this testimony and the Gospel message of Christ’s suffering and resurrection to all who would listen, small or great! His message demanded repentance that was demonstrated by deeds. This message had so affected the Jews that they had tried to kill him and he was no imprisoned.  This message was one that Paul shared even with King Agrippa, in hopes that he would repent as well!

Observations for over-comers:  The Gospel cannot be preached without conviction of sin and a call to repent!  Repentance is always demonstrated by corresponding actions!  Over-comers preach repentance and faith in Jesus Christ!  “Against You, and You only have I sinned and done what is evil in Your sight, so that You are proved right when You speak and Justified when You judge.”  (Psalm 51:4)

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Is Paul insane?

Scripture reading for June 10th:  Acts 26

After hearing the story of Paul, King Agrippa asked to hear Paul personally.  The king and his wife came dressed royally and with much fanfare to hear Paul and help Festus determine what charges they might send to Rome for the trial before Caesar.  Paul was brought before them and given permission to speak!  As a servant of Jesus and one called to preach, Paul seized the opportunity to share his testimony with this influential but unsaved king and his wife!

Paul was very polite and appealed to the king for patience as he shared his story.  He shared how he was raised in the strictest sect of the Jewish community as a Pharisee, who believed in the resurrection of the dead as promised by God.  Paul shared how he initially opposed Jesus of Nazareth, whom His followers proclaimed had been raised from the dead.  In fact, he had the followers arrested, imprisoned, and even put to death, thinking Jesus was a false prophet.

On one of his trips to arrest believers, he encountered Jesus alive!  Paul shared how Jesus spoke to him and called him to preach the message of repentance and faith in Jesus to the Jews as well as the Gentiles.  This is why the Jews were persecuting him.  Paul insisted that his message was what Moses and the Prophets had said, “That the Christ would suffer and as the first to rise from the dead, would proclaim light to His own people and to the Gentiles.”   (Acts 26:23)   When Paul said this, Festus accused him of being insane!

Paul responded that he was not insane,  but only proposed what was reasonable.  He appealed to King Agrippa, asking if he believed in the prophets!  Paul used every opportunity to share the message!  We should too!

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