God's Word for Today Acts 26

January 8, 2012

 
 

Paul is a Jew himself and he remembers and tells how he used to be opposed to Christianity just like others Jews were still.  This is one reason he could endure two years of prison and such abuse from the religious leaders. He had been one of them. He knew exactly how they felt.

Then in verse 13 he tells of his experience on the Damascus road, how the Lord Jesus spoke to him, and changed his heart and life.   Before Paul had trusted religion, but when he met Jesus Christ, he got rid of all his religion.  Now he had a relationship with the living Savior.  Next Paul tells Festus and King Agrippa that the Lord called him to preach to the Gentiles.   Beginning with verse 19, Paul tells his response to the vision that he had. He says he couldn’t be disobedient to what God told him to do.  From the beginning Paul made it clear that “The Way” is a fulfillment of the Old Testament promise.  It is not contrary to the Old Testament.

Now Paul presents the gospel to King Agrippa, and the entire crowd assembled there that day heard it. Verse 23 that the Christ must suffer and that, by being the first to rise from the dead, he would proclaim light both to our people and to the Gentiles.

บทที่ 23 คือว่าพระคริสต์จะต้องทนทุกข์ทรมาน   และพระองค์จะทรงแสดงความสว่างแก่ชนอิสราเอลและแก่คนต่างชาติ   โดยที่ทรงเป็นผู้แรกซึ่งคืนพระชนม์   Notice that he has presented the gospel: that Christ died for our sins, that He was buried, and that He rose again. Paul, as always, emphasized the Resurrection. God demonstrated His love, God so loved the world that He gave His Son.

Agrippa seemed to understand the Gospel but was not willing to commit.  His response to Paul’s message was, "you almost persuade me to be a Christian”.  How said, he almost became a Christian, but he didn’t.  Almost will not do. It must be all or nothing. Either you accept Christ or you don't accept Christ. Either He is your Savior or He is not your Savior. It is one of the two. There is no such thing as a middle ground. It cannot be almost.

Paul is saying that he longs for them to have a relationship to Christ and be like he is.  He wants all people to become Christians and to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.   Paul said earlier that he “continued until this day”.   It is one thing to have a great beginning, with visions and voices, a super natural conversion experience, but then quite another thing to keep on going, especially when the going is tough.  Paul kept on going.  Philippians ฟีลิปปี 3:12-14

12มิใช่ว่าข้าพเจ้าได้แล้ว   หรือสำเร็จแล้ว   แต่ข้าพเจ้ากำลังบากบั่นมุ่งไป   เพื่อข้าพเจ้าจะได้ฉวยเอาไว้เป็นของตน   อย่างที่พระเยซูคริสต์ได้ทรงฉวยข้าพเจ้าไว้เป็นของพระองค์แล้ว

13ดูก่อนพี่น้องทั้งหลาย   ข้าพเจ้าไม่ถือว่าข้าพเจ้าได้ฉวยไว้ได้แล้ว   แต่ข้าพเจ้าทำอย่างหนึ่ง   คือลืมสิ่งที่ผ่านพ้นมาแล้วเสีย   และโน้มตัวออกไปหาสิ่งที่อยู่ข้างหน้า

14ข้าพเจ้ากำลังบากบั่นมุ่งไปสู่หลักชัย   เพื่อจะได้รับรางวัล   ซึ่งในพระเยซูคริสต์พระเจ้าได้ทรงเรียกจากเบื้องบน   ให้เราไปรับ

    Both Agrippa and Festus declared that Paul was innocent of any crime deserving of death. What Agrippa and Festus did not understand was that Paul was giving the way for them to avoid God’s judgment.  They had been shown the light and the way to freedom, but they had closed their eyes and ears and returned to their sins. Perhaps they felt relieved that Paul would go to Rome and trouble them no more. What a wonderful thing is the opportunity to trust Jesus Christ and be saved! What a terrible thing is wasting that opportunity and perhaps never having another For more see www.wdbydana.com/sermon.html