There are 239 verses of Paul’s imprisonment narrative and 226 verses of his missionary narrative. Paul’s testimony to defend the faith was as important as his missionary work for the faith. Paul was arrested by the Jews and the Romans but he was surrendered to Jesus Christ.
- Paul was falsely accused - 21:26–39
- Paul was accused of going against God - John 16:2–3 They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service. And these things they will do to you because they have not known the Father nor Me.
- Paul did not break any commandment nor did he defile the temple.
- Paul was beaten without an opportunity to defend himself - Matthew 5:39 But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.
- The Roman government was an unlikely, untrustworthy, and unwitting help. God will sometimes provide help through unusual means.
- The Roman commander had his own incorrect opinion of Paul.
- Paul’s defense was his testimony - 21:40–23:10
- Paul revealed his life-long faithfulness to Judaism.
- Paul admitted his past opposition to “this Way.”
- Paul explained how his life was changed by Jesus.
- Paul protested the Lord’s command to leave Jerusalem. What better testimony than his? A former Pharisee and persecutor now a follower?
- Paul’s defense was that it was the Lord who commanded him to leave Israel and it was the Lord who sent him to the Gentiles!
- Paul’s Roman enemies intended to destroy him but Jesus protected him.
- Paul took advantage of and worked within Roman law.
- Paul’s Roman citizenship was of the providence of God.
- Paul was not a political insurgent or a threat to Rome. He was a lawful Roman citizen.
- Paul’s Jewish enemies intended to destroy him but Jesus protected him.
- Paul took advantage of worked within Jewish law.
- Paul’s Pharisee membership was of the providence of God.
- Paul was not against Israel or God. He hoped in the promise of the Messianic kingdom and the resurrection.
- Paul’s defense was that he lived his life according to the hope of the future promises to Israel of the resurrection of the dead!
Paul testified for Jesus at Jerusalem so the Lord sent him further to Rome.
Will you testify of Jesus at Jerusalem? Surrender to Him there and He will send you to further and greater places of testimony for the hope and resurrection of Jesus Christ!
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