Paul’s Appeal

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Bible Text: Acts 23:11-25:12 | Series:

Paul’s Appeal

Acts 23:11–25:12

Paul surrendered himself to the will of God and testified for Jesus at Jerusalem. Because Paul surrendered at Jerusalem God promised to send him further to Rome.

  1. Making an appeal to the providence of God - 23:12–35
    1. The enemy will always be scheming and conspiring - Ephesians 6:11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 
    2. Paul did not know of the plan his enemies had to kill him.
    3. We do not know how Paul’s nephew heard of the plan to kill Paul but we do know that God knows everything!
    4. Paul could never have set-up his Roman enemies to protect him from his Jewish enemies - Psalm 37:7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.
  1. Making an appeal to the truth of God - 24:1–21
    1. The wicked rely upon flattery, exaggerations, half-truths and lies.
    2. Paul had nothing to hide and was willing to testify to the truth.
    3. Paul admitted that he followed the Way but that the Way is neither against Rome nor does it contradict the word of God.
    4. Paul’s recourse and defense was his clear conscience before God.
    5. Paul got to the heart of the matter and the real reason he was being prosecuted: his faith in Jesus.
  1. Making and appeal for the salvation of God - 24:22–26
    1. God provided an extended opportunity for Paul to witness to Felix.
    2. Paul pressed three points of truth in his gospel witness:
      1. The need for the righteousness of God.
      2. The need for self-control against sin.
      3. The need to be saved from the judgment of God.
    3. Felix put off his salvation and so presumably never got saved.
  1. Making an appeal to will of God - 24:27–25:12
    1. Paul waited in a prison for two years for God to act.
    2. There was a change of the Roman administration from Felix to Festus.
    3. The Jews tried again to bring Paul to Jerusalem so they could kill him.
    4. Surrendered to God’s purpose and plan, Paul made his appeal to Caesar.

Are you surrendered to the sovereign purpose and plan of God in your life?

Make your appeal to Him and wait for Him to bless - Philippi 1:12 But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel

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