June 10/Acts 26

Paul’s defense is going along pretty well until the subject of Jesus comes up. People don’t mind talking about God or religion or their own way of worship but when you talk Jesus it all becomes personal. They now have a decision to make. Either Jesus is who he said he is, God, or he isn’t. There is enough evidence to prove that he is God; being raised from the dead is pretty convincing, the miracles are pretty convincing, all the prophecies concerning him that he fulfilled are pretty convincing, everything that he ever said came to pass is pretty convincing and the fact that he lived a perfect life is pretty convincing. If people believe that Jesus is God they would have to repent of their sin and change their lifestyle; but people really love their sin.

Acts 17:30–31 (NLT) — 30 “God overlooked people’s ignorance about these things in earlier times, but now he commands everyone everywhere to repent of their sins and turn to him. 31 For he has set a day for judging the world with justice by the man he has appointed, and he proved to everyone who this is by raising him from the dead.”

Verse 20 -23> here Paul talks about repenting of sins and turning to God.

Our world doesn’t want to talk about sin because then they would have to admit they have done something wrong. The message of repentance is not a popular message. It was that message that got Noah, Amos, Jeremiah, and all the prophets, Daniel, John the Baptist and Jesus in trouble. Paul is on trial because of that message. That message says that people who think they have it together don’t. People who think they are ok aren’t. People who think they will make it to heaven on their own, won’t. True repentance will lead to Christ like behavior.

Verses 24-30 > Like Paul we might not persuade people to become Christians but we must still preach the message of repentance. Preach it to ourselves first and then to others. Don’t be like Festus, Agrippa and Bernice. They walked out without repenting. Insane people are those who refuse to repent of their sins and turn to Jesus. If there is any sin you need to repent of, to turn away from, do it now while the Holy Spirit is nudging you. Enjoy the peace and joy and sanity that comes from being right with Jesus.

Be Inspired Hilltop!

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    Once again the plans of man are shown to be different from the plans of God. Paul gives his testemony again and unfortunately gets the same response from Festus and Agrippa. King Agrippa was lauded on how he knew the prophecies from the old testament but he still could not recognize their fulfillment in Jesus. At the end of the chapter it was agreed that Paul should be set free except that he had requested the case be set before Caesar. God needed Paul to go to Rome and write the epistles.