The Acts of the Apostles
Paul's Testimony on the Life of Paul The Apostle
Paul and the Gentiles Adventure
It is always nice to have you back with us at Daily Bread! I know
you're as anxious as I am to know what Paul said to the people as he
stood on the castle steps in chains, but let me first remind you of
why he's there.
The Jewish people found out that he was in Jerusalem and Paul had a
reputation among the Jewish people that he turned people against the
law, when in fact, he was just trying to tell them about the New
Testament that God had given to the people through Jesus death, of
remission of sins through repentance.
Now, Paul stands in front of the people, and tries to say, Hey, I
used to be like you, but Jesus opened my eyes. Let's look in and see
what he says to them, then afterward, we'll dig deeper into it.
Paul's Testimony on the Life of Paul for Jesus
Paul and the Gentiles Saga
1 Men, brethren, and fathers, hear ye my defence which I
make now unto you.
2 (And when they heard that he spake in the Hebrew tongue
to them, they kept the more silence [paid closer attention]: and he
3 I am verily a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city
in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, and
taught according to the perfect manner of the law of the fathers, and
was zealous toward God, as ye all are this day.
4 And I persecuted this way [Christianity] unto the death,
binding and delivering into prisons both men and women.
5 As also the high priest doth bear me witness, and all
the estate of the elders: from whom also I received letters unto the
brethren, and went to Damascus, to bring them which were there bound
unto Jerusalem, for to be punished.
6 And it came to pass, that, as I made my journey, and was
come nigh unto Damascus about noon, suddenly there shone from Heaven
a great light round about me.
7 And I fell unto the ground, and heard a voice saying
unto me, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
8 And I answered, Who art thou, Lord? And he said unto me,
I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest.
9 And they that were with me saw indeed the light, and
were afraid; but they heard not the voice of Him that spake to me.
10 And I said, What shall I do, Lord? And the Lord said
unto me, Arise, and go into Damascus; and there
it shall be told thee of all things which are appointed for thee to
11 And when I could not see for the glory of that light,
being led by the hand of them that were with me, I came into Damascus.
12 And one Ananias, a devout man according to the law,
having a good report of all the Jews which dwelt there,
13 Came unto me, and stood, and said unto me, Brother
Saul, receive thy sight. And the same hour I looked up upon him
[could see him].
14 And he said, The God of our fathers hath chosen thee,
that thou shouldest know His will, and see that Just One [Jesus], and
shouldest hear the voice of His mouth.
15 For thou shalt be His witness unto all men of what thou
hast seen and heard.
16 And now why tarriest thou [What are you waiting for]?
arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name
of the Lord.
17 And it came to pass, that, when I was come again to
Jerusalem, even while I prayed in the Temple, I was in a trance;
18 And saw Him saying unto me, Make
haste [hurry], and get thee quickly out of Jerusalem: for they will
not receive thy testimony concerning me.
19 And I said, Lord, they know that I imprisoned and beat
in every synagogue them that believed on thee:
20 And when the blood of thy martyr Stephen was shed, I
also was standing by, and consenting unto his death, and kept the
raiment of them that slew him.
21 And He said unto me, Depart: for I
will send thee far hence unto the Gentiles.
Paul's Testimony on the Life of Paul Presentation
Paul and the Gentiles Path
The people, thinking it absurd that the Gentiles should deserve
Divine Grace, loudly objected, suggesting that Paul wasn't fit to
live. And as they cried out, and tore their clothes, and threw dust
into the air. The chief captain commanded Paul to be brought into the
castle, and said that he should be tested by scourging (whipping),
hoping to find out more of why the people were so against him.
As they tied him with straps, Paul said to the centurion that stood
nearby, Is it lawful for you to scourge a man that is a Roman, and
without a trial? Hearing this, the centurion went and asked the chief
captain, What are you about to do? This man is a Roman. Then the
chief captain came, and asked Paul, Tell me, are you a Roman? Paul
said, Yes. And the chief captain replied, It cost me dearly to
enjoy this freedom. And Paul said, But I was free born (a native Roman).
Second Journey concerning Paul being a Roman.)
Paul's Testimony on the Life of Paul Summary
Paul and the Gentiles Explanation
Now, let's summarize what just happened. We heard what Paul said to
the people, and their reaction was quite contrary to him, but Paul
has another card up his sleeve, doesn't he? Now remember, the chief
captain doesn't even know what Paul is accused of, and when Paul
speaks to the people, he speaks in Hebrew, therefore the chief
captain, who speaks Greek, doesn't understand.
The captain orders Paul to be whipped, thinking that he'll find out
what Paul has done, but Paul says to a centurion standing there, Is
it legal for you to whip a Roman? The centurion is afraid now, and
has a little talk with the captain, saying, Hey man, think about what
A Roman having another Roman beaten won't look good. So the captain
asks Paul, Are you really a Roman? Paul affirms and the captain says,
With great expense I gained the freedom to be called a Roman. And
Paul said, I was born with that freedom, which would make scourging
Paul even more questionable.
Now let's back up to a few messages that should be pointed out from
this story. Paul wasn't a whiner. He admitted to the people that he
persecuted Christians, but that Jesus showed him the light and now
his job is to shine that light to the Gentiles because the Jewish
people wouldn't find him credible.
Paul's Testimony on the Life of Paul Truth
Paul and the Gentiles Facts
He didn't wallow in pools of self pity saying, I was so bad, I'm too
bad to ever be of any good. He used his past failure to be more of a
success for the cause. Sometimes we experience things so that
we can help others so they won't have to go through them, or to help
them get up again when they've fallen. Nobody is too bad to have
their sins washed away, and once they are, like Paul, you have to let
them go, and use your experiences to bring other people up, not to be
down on yourself.
Back to our story ... Immediately the soldiers who were ordered to
whip Paul, left, and the chief captain was also afraid after he found
out that Paul was a Roman, and because he had bound him. On the next
day, because the captain wanted to know exactly why Paul was accused
by the Jewish people, he untied him, and ordered the chief priests
and all their council to appear, and he brought Paul down, and set
him before them.
One last thing before we wrap it up for today ... You know how we've
talked about discrepancies in the Bible several times, right? Well, I
didn't want to distract you from the story and interrupt right in the
middle of Paul's speech, so I'll tell you about one that is here in
the Book of Acts.
You can take a look at the two verses below and clearly see a
difference. This is not to degrade Luke's writing, Heaven knows that
writing the Acts of the Apostles is a tremendously admirable
accomplishment and blessing to us. One can't possibly remember every
detail of such a span of time as this with perfect accuracy ...
Paul's Testimony on the Life of Paul Conclusion
Paul and the Gentiles Story
They didn't have computers back then, so let's just understand
clearer what Paul has said, and we've repeated several times, it's
not the letter of the Word, but the Spirit that counts.
And they that were with me saw indeed the light, and were
afraid; but they heard not the voice of him that spake to me.
And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing
a voice, but seeing no man.
In the next chapter, we find out what happens as Paul is taken before
the council, so be sure to come on back and don't miss the next Daily
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