Bible study on Acts of the Apostles – Chapter 22
Dear brothers and sisters,
In the Bible study on the 22th chapter of the Acts of the Apostles I will discuss:
- Paul speaks to the crowd (continued)
- Paul the Roman citizen
Paul speaks to the crowd (continued)
As mentioned in the previous chapter Paul silenced the crowd and addressed them in Aramaic. He now takes the opportunity to come to his own defense. We as Christians still have the right to come to our defense, but let it be guided by the Holy Spirit.
He tells them that he also is a Jew and just like them used to persecute anyone that did not obey the law. See how he doesn’t sugar coat his past sins, but he openly admits him. We also need to be open about our sins and do not pretend if we never have sinned, how horrible the sin may have been. He also tells them of all that happened on the road to Damascus were he was blinded and all that came after it, leading to him to become a follower of Christ. And how all this lead to God asking him to go the gentiles to spread the word of God. We should and need to take very opportunity to give witness to God and what He has an still does in our life. Our real life testimony of how we came to faith have so much impact on people that listen and open to hear about God.
Paul the Roman citizen
Unfortunately he was met by a crowd that were so hardened in their hearts that they demanded that he was still killed, but the Roman commander did not listen to this and took him to their barracks. They did however started to flog him, when he reminded him that they were actually flogging a Roman citizen. When the commander heard this, he was scared as were his men and they stopped immediately and released him. The day after the Roman commandeered ordered the chief priest and the members of the Sanhedrin to exactly find out what had happened.
See how God intervened. They were busy punishing him without even a fair travel, but through the Holy Spirit Paul knew to let them know that he was a Roman citizen and punishing a Roman citizen without a fair investigation and trial would really hurt themselves. See how the Holy Spirit always leads us and lets us speak the right words in the right time.