“Jesus, A Miracle Worker”/Paul Before Agrippa cont’d II

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

“Paul Before Agrippa” cont’d II, Acts 26:19) Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the Heavenly vision:  20) But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.  Matthew 3:8.  21) For these causes the Jews caught me in the Temple, and went about to kill me.  22) Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come.  23) That Christ should suffer, and that He should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should shew light unto the people, and to the Gentiles.  24) And as he thus spake for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning doth make thee mad.  2Kings 9:11; 1Corinthians 1;23.  25) But he said, I am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak forth the words of truth and soberness.  26) For the king knoweth of these things, before whom also I speak freely:  for I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from him; for this thing was not done in a corner.  27) King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets?  I know that thou believest.  28) Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.  29) And Paul said, I would to God, that not only thou, but also all that hear me this day, were both almost, and altogether such as I am, except these bonds.  30) And when he had thus spoken, the king rose up, and the governor, and Bernice, and they that sat with them:  31) And when they were gone aside, they talked between themselves, saying, This man doeth nothing worthy of death or of bonds.  32) Then said Agrippa unto Festus, This man might have been set at liberty, if he had not appealed unto Caesar.  Acts 25:11. 

Quest Study Bible – v24, Why did Festus berate Paul’s education?  Much of Pauls’ defense was based on Old Testament Scripture.  To a sensible Roman like Festus, Paul’s mention of The Resurrection from the dead was absurd.  Festus could not believe it.  Even if he did believe it privately, a Roman like Festus would not let such a teaching interfere with his daily life.  v27, Why did Paul think that king Agrippa believed the prophets?  King Agrippa II was great-grandson of Herod the Great and one of a long line of Jewish rulers in the Palestine area.  As a Jew he was well schooled in the Old Testament prophets.  He may have realized that Jesus fulfilled predictions made about The Messiah.  Agrippa confronted with the facts had to make a decision for or against Jesus Christ.  

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v28, Agrippa saw a great deal of reason for Christianity.  His understanding and judgment were for the time convinced, but his heart was not changed.  And his conduct and temper were widely different from the humility and spirituality of the Gospel.  Many are almost persuaded to be *Believers or Saved, but are not quite persuaded; they are under strong convictions of their duty and of the excellence of the Ways of God, yet do not pursue their convictions *because of the longing for the things of this world.  Paul urged that it was the concern of every one to become a true Christian; that there is Grace enough in Christ for all. 

*) This person’s opinion

More to come and God Bless You.  

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