A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus
“Paul Preaches at Rome Under Guard”, Acts 28:17) And it came to pass, that after three days Paul called the chief of the Jews together: and when they were come together, he said unto them, Men and brethren, though I have committed nothing against the people, or customs of our fathers, yet was I delivered prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans. Judges 15:13. 18) Who, when they had examined me, would have let me go because there was no cause or death in me. 19) But when the Jews spake against it, I was constrained to appeal unto Caesar; not that I had ought to accuse my nation of. 20) For this cause therefore have I called for you, to see you, and to speak with you: because that for the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain. Ephesians 6:20. 21) And they said unto him, We neither received letters out of Judaea concerning thee, neither any of the brethren that came shewed or spake any harm of thee. 22) But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest: for as concerning this sect, we know that every where it is spoken against. Luke 2;34; 1Peter 2:12. 23) And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the Kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening. Luke 24:27; Acts 26:22, 23. 24) And some believed the things which were spoken and some believed not. Romans 3:3. 25) And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that Paul had spoken one word, Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias the prophet unto our Fathers. 26) Saying, Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive: Isaiah 6:9; Jeremiah 5:21; Ezekiel 12:2. 27) For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. 28) Be it known therefore unto you, that the Salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it. Romans 11:11. 29) And when he had said these words, the Jews departed, and had great reasoning among themselves. 30) And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came In unto him. 31) Preaching the Kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him. Philippians 1:13.
Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v17-22, It was for the honour of Paul that those who examined his case, acquitted him. In his appeal he sought not to accuse his nation, but only to clear himself. v23-31, Paul persuaded the Jews concerning Jesus. Some were wrought upon by the Word, and others hardened: some received the Light, and others shut their eyes against It. And the same has always been the effect of the Gospel. Paul parted with them, observing that the Holy Ghost had well described their state. The Apostle preached not himself, but Christ, and he was not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ. Though Paul was placed in a very narrow opportunity for being useful, he was not disturbed in it. We learn also from Philippians 1:13, how God overruled Paul’s imprisonment for the furtherance of the Gospel. It was from his prison, that the Apostle wrote the epistles (letters) to the Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Hebrews: epistles showing, perhaps more than any others, the Christian love with which his heart overflowed, and the Christian experience with which his soul was filled. Let us seek to live more and more in the love of the Saviour; to labour to glorify Him by every action of our lives; and we shall assuredly by His strength, be among the number of those who now overcome our enemies and shall sit with Him upon His Throne, even as He also has overcome, and is sitting on His Father’s Throne, at God’s right hand for evermore. Amen.