QT 06/06/2024 Thursday. Acts 26. God directed freedom. 神所指引的自由。

QT 06/06/2024 Thursday. Acts 26. God directed freedom. 神所指引的自由。

QT 06/06/2024 Thursday. Acts 26.

The next judge also found that Paul did NO wrong! Luke is portraying again in Acts that Christianity should be allowed to exist in the Roman Empire.

It was to Paul's ADVANTAGE that King Agrippa was "familiar with all the customs and controversies of the Jews" (Acts 26:2-3). He TAPPED on this familiarity and entered into a theological discussion plus personal testimony (Acts 26:4-23).

Although Festus, sitting with King Agrippa, shouted in response "Paul, you are out of your mind; your great learning is driving you out of your mind" (Acts 26:24), King Agrippa concluded that "This man could have been SET FREE if he had not appealed to Caesar" (Acts 26:32). Others concurred (Acts 26:31).

Paul's theology & testimony were so persuasive that Agrippa said to Paul, “In a short time would you persuade me to be a Christian?” (Acts 26:28)

REFLECTION (1): Should Paul have retracted his appeal to Caesar? If Paul did not appeal to Caesar he would have been, perhaps, a FREE MAN already?

No. Paul's imprisonment was "NECESSARY" to PAVE THE WAY for his audience and testimony before the superpower's leader of those days–the Caesar (Emperor) in Rome. Paul's personal liberty was subordinated to the freedom and advancement of the gospel.

REFLECTION (2): Do you see God's mighty hands? Journeying to meet the Roman Emperor under the guard of Roman soldiers seemed the cheapest and safest way to go to Rome to FULFILL Paul's LIFE MISSION of carrying the Lord's name "before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel. For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name" (Acts 9:15b,16).

APPLICATION: Be willing to RESPOND by STARTING to subordinate more of our so called "freedom" for the sake of the gospel's advancement.

星期四 2024年6月6日 今日读经:使徒行传26章。 神所指引的自由。