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Bible study on Acts of the Apostles – Chapter 24

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Bible study on Acts of the Apostles – Chapter 24

Dear brothers and sisters,

In the Bible study on the 24th chapter of the Acts of the Apostles I will discuss:

  • Paul’s trial before Felix

Paul’s trial before Felix

5 days later the high priest Ananias went down to Caesarea with some elders and a lawyer, named Tertullus. See how determined enemies of God are to try and take down true believers. Luckily we can rely on the protection of God!

When Paul was brought before Felix, it was the lawyer that opened his statement. Here we can see how he tries to flatter Felix so much to get him on their site. People that are in a trial against believers will use others means like flattering or lies to get the believer to be convicted, because they know based on the facts they have no chance. Also for this reason it is important to continuously rely on the Holy Spirit.

After the flattering they immediately started their lies about Paul that he was nothing but a troublemaker, while during his whole ministry he himself did not cause any trouble at all. In fact, it were always his enemies (with their hearts hardened by the devil) that made trouble against him.

See how Paul silently waited his turn and did not interrupt until Felix allowed him to speak and he thanked Felix to allow him to defend himself. He uses the truth as his defense telling that the only reason that he came to Jerusalem was to worship and that he did not make any trouble and that he has more than enough witnesses to that fact. He also was lead by the Holy Spirit by telling that his accusers had no prove for all their (false) accusations against him. He did admit that they way that he follows God, is considered by the elders as a sect, but that he also holds the law and believes in all that the prophets have foretold. Also that he has the same hope of the resurrection of both the righteous and wicked.

He came to Jerusalem after years of absence and clean and was only bringing offering for the poor. See how Paul does not fear the attacks of his enemies. We also need to put our faith on God to know even in time of attacks that God is always with us. Also he confronted the elders to bring those accusers from Asia if they have proof.

We see however that although this Felix was part of the rulers of the land (as a Roman) he did not dare to make a decision and stopped the hearing and to appease the elders he let Paul stay in jail for 2 years when he was replaced by Porcius Festus. That we are in fact right doesn’t mean that all people will do what is considered to be the right thing. Bug even in those time God is always with us, so don’t despair.

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Bible study on Acts of the Apostles – Chapter 22

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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.

Amen!