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Acts Chapter Twenty Six, The Power In A Testimony...

In our study of Acts chapter twenty six, we look at Paul's testimony during his third trial. It is referred to as a trial but technically it was not a legal proceeding as those that were present did not have the authority to give judgement or punishment. Paul had appealed to Caesar and so, as a Roman citizen, he could not be touched by this "court".

Acts 26:1

"Then Agrippa said to Paul, 'You have permission to speak for yourself.' So Paul motioned with his hand and began his defense:" NIV translation

In chapter 25, we saw that he was brought before a king and now he is going to have the chance to tell the king about Jesus Christ.

Acts 26:2 & 3

"'King Agrippa, I consider myself fortunate to stand before you today as I make my defense against all the accusations of the Jews, and especially so because you are well acquainted with all the Jewish customs and controversies. Therefore, I beg you to listen to me patiently.'" NIV translation

Although there were probably several hundred people in the "court", Paul understood that he was there at that time, by the will of God, to tell the gospel to one man (King Agrippa). He considered it a great opportunity to stand before the king and to share his testimony concerning Jesus Christ. We, like Paul, are given unique opportunities by the will of God to share our testimony and we, too, should consider ourselves fortunate for that. If God is prodding you to do so, you can share your story here.

Acts 26:4 & 5

"'The Jews all know the way I have lived ever since I was a child, from the beginning of my life in my own country, and also in Jerusalem. They have known me for a long time and can testify, if they are willing, that according to the strictest sect of our religion, I lived as a Pharisee.'" NIV translation

Paul begins by reminding the king that he had been one of the Jewish rulers and not just a typical Jew but the strictest form of the religion. Those that had accused him were also aware of his past and what God had done in and through Paul. They simply wanted to deny the facts because it did not fit into their religion. The same type of thing has even happened in the "church" today as many reject much of God's Word because it does not fit into their tradition or religion.

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