A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus
“Paul the Roman Citizen”, Acts 22:22) And they gave him audience unto this word, and then lifted up their voices, and said, Away with such a fellow from the earth: for it is not fit that he should live. Acts 25:24. 23) And as they cried out, and cast off their clothes, and threw dust into the air, 24) The chief captain commanded him to be brought into the castle, and bade that he should be examined by scourging; that he might know wherefore they cried so against him. 25) And as they bound him with thongs, Paul said unto the centurion that stood by, Is it lawful for you to scourge a man that is a Roman, and uncondemned? Acts 16:37. 26) When the centurion heard that, he went and told the chief captain, saying, Take heed what thou doest: for this man is a Roman. 27) Then the chief captain came, and said unto him, Tell me, art thou a Roman? He said, Yea. 28) And the chief captain answered, With a great sum obtained I this freedom. And Paul said, But I was free born. 29) Then straightway they departed from him which should have examined (tortured) him: and the chief captain also was afraid, after he knew that he was a Roman, and because he had bound him. 30) On the morrow, because he would have known the certainty wherefore he was accused of the Jews, he loosed him from his bands, and commanded the chief priests and all their council to appear, and brought Paul down, and set him before them.
Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v22-30, The Jews listened to Paul’s account of his conversion, but the mention of his being sent to the Gentiles, was so contrary to all their national prejudices, that they would hear no more. Their frantic conduct astonished the Roman officer, who supposed that Paul must have committed some great crime. Paul pleaded his privilege as a Roman citizen, by which he was exempted from all trials and punishments which might force him to confess himself guilty. Let us value that freedom to which all the children of God are born; which no sum of money, however large, can purchase for those who remain unregenerate (not morally or spiritually reborn, regenerate). The Apostle asks, simply, Is it lawful? He knew that the God whom he served would support him under all sufferings for His Name’s sake. But if it were not lawful, the Apostle’s religion (Spirit) directed him, if possible, to avoid it.
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