Acts 26:19-23

Paul speaks of his Heavenly vision that we find in Acts 9:4-5.  It is Christ who is speaking to Paul from Heaven.  It is a gentle scolding that he was kicking against the goads, writing indelible things upon his very heart.  Paul now tells King Agrippa that he was not disobedient to this Heavenly vision, but faithfully preached that people should repent and turn to God and do works that genuinely show their repentance was real.  I want to emphasize that phrase ” do works suitable for repentance.”  We can’t de-emphasize the grace of God, but this grace should change us.  I am very disappointed when someones says they are saved but there is no outward show of a changed heart.  There is a term preachers use “faith plus nothing” by which they mean you can’t be saved by works, which is true.  But I sometimes sarcastically say, “faith plus nothing equals nothing.”  Real faith brings change to our inner man.  That change is what confirms our faith, that it is genuine.

Next Paul says he obtained help from God.  God used men such as Claudius Lysosis the Chief Captain and even his nephew who warned Paul about the plot to kill him.  God used humans to  protect Paul’s life.  Besides, the Lord had told Paul that He would bring him to Rome.  Paul now goes on witnessing to both the small and great that Christ should suffer and rise from the dead and give light to all people.  We need that same light today.  If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Christ cleanses us from all sin.  I John 1:7
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