The Mission To Rome Confirmed

Still strengthened by the Holy Spirit, Paul concluded his testimony (312).   “King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision.  Instead, I declared — first to the Jews in Damascus, Jerusalem & all of Judea, and then to the Gentiles — that they should repent from their sins & turn to God, and that they should then practice what they professed to believe.

“Some Jews reacted by seizing me in the temple & trying to kill me. However, with God’s help, I continue to witness, to small & great alike.  I teach just what the prophets & Moses taught — that the Christ would suffer, that He would be the first to rise from the dead, and that he would proclaim light to the Jews & to the Gentiles.”

Festus, the Roman governor, interjected loudly, “Paul, your religious ideas are too complicated!  You sound like you’re crazy!”

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Paul replied, “But I’m not crazy, most noble Festus.  I only speak words of truth & reason. King Agrippa knows of these things, I’m sure; none of them has been done secretly.

Turning to the king, Paul asked: “King Agrippa, do you believe what the prophets have said about the Christ? I’m sure you do believe.”  Agrippa replied, “You almost persuade me to become a Christian!”

Then Paul declared, “I pray to God that not only you, but also everyone who hears me today, might become just as I am, except for these chains.”

The king went aside to meet privately with the governor & Bernice & their counselors; they talked among themselves, saying, “This man is doing nothing deserving of death or chains.”

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Finally, Agrippa said to Festus, “Paul might have been set free today, if he had not appealed to Caesar!”

 

(312) Acts 26:19-32