Acts Chapter 22

Acts 22

1Men, 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: and he saith,)

3I 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.

4And I persecuted this way unto the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women.

5As 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.

6And 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.

7And I fell unto the ground, and heard a voice saying unto me, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?

8And I answered, Who art thou, Lord? And he said unto me, I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest.

9And they that were with me saw indeed the light, and were afraid; but they heard not the voice of him that spake to me.

10And 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 do.

11And 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.

12And one Ananias, a devout man according to the law, having a good report of all the Jews which dwelt there,

13Came unto me, and stood, and said unto me, Brother Saul, receive thy sight. And the same hour I looked up upon him.

14And he said, The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldest know his will, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of his mouth.

15For thou shalt be his witness unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard.

16And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.

17And it came to pass, that, when I was come again to Jerusalem, even while I prayed in the temple, I was in a trance;

18And saw him saying unto me, Make haste, and get thee quickly out of Jerusalem: for they will not receive thy testimony concerning me.

19And I said, Lord, they know that I imprisoned and beat in every synagogue them that believed on thee:

20And 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.

21And he said unto me, Depart: for I will send thee far hence unto the Gentiles.

22And they gave him audience unto this word, and then lifted up their voices, and said, Away with such a fellow from the earth: for it is not fit that he should live.

23And as they cried out, and cast off their clothes, and threw dust into the air,

24The chief captain commanded him to be brought into the castle, and bade that he should be examined by scourging; that he might know wherefore they cried so against him.

25And as they bound him with thongs, Paul said unto the centurion that stood by, Is it lawful for you to scourge a man that is a Roman, and uncondemned?

26When the centurion heard that, he went and told the chief captain, saying, Take heed what thou doest: for this man is a Roman.

27Then the chief captain came, and said unto him, Tell me, art thou a Roman? He said, Yea.

28And the chief captain answered, With a great sum obtained I this freedom. And Paul said, But I was free born.

29Then straightway they departed from him which should have examined him: and the chief captain also was afraid, after he knew that he was a Roman, and because he had bound him.

30On the morrow, because he would have known the certainty wherefore he was accused of the Jews, he loosed him from his bands, and commanded the chief priests and all their council to appear, and brought Paul down, and set him before them.

 

34 thoughts on “Acts Chapter 22

  1. Paul give a great account of the change in his life in this chapter. Our testimony of how the Lord has changed us is something others can not deny. Rev 12V11 says that we are overcomers by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our tesitmony. Paul used his testimony of who he was (and how he was changed by the blood of the Lamb) to persuade others of Christ. I have to ask myself “Has my lifestyle changed enough that those who knew me before will be drawn to the cross. Does my change impact lives? ” If I am to BE CHURCH it must!

  2. This is the second occasion where Paul’s past caught up with him and became a stumbling block and the 2nd time he overcame it with his testimony. Hence establishing that we are over-comers by the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony.

    vs 28 And the chief captain answered, With a great sum obtained I this freedom. And Paul said, But I was free born. This verse shows the value placed on linage. When we understand we have been born again of the water and the spirit into the Kingdom of GOD we realize that it was at a great price to our savior Jesus.

    Share your testimony today and BE Church

  3. God gives us chances to tell our testimonies to show His goodness and grace. Paul is telling his not only in hopes of pursuading the people to release him, but also to tell of God’s wonderful love for us. God saw Paul in his mess that he was in, turned him around, and told him to teach. God has done the same with us. We just have to act on it. Let’s tell of God’s goodness, and spread his word.

  4. Verses 14-16 in the Message Version say….Then he said, ‘The God of our ancestors has handpicked you to be briefed on his plan of action. You’ve actually seen the Righteous Innocent and heard him speak. You are to be a key witness to everyone you meet of what you’ve seen and heard. So what are you waiting for? Get up and get yourself baptized, scrubbed clean of those sins and personally acquainted with God.’ We too need to be witnesses to everyone we meet and testify of what God has done in our lives.

  5. (14)…the God of our fathers hath chosen thee,that thou shouldest know his will…I see Gods mercy,i see a miracle happening.(16)…Arise and be baptized and wash away you sins,one more time the scriptures proove,it is necesary to be baptized.(18)make haste and get there quickly out of jerusalem:for they will not recieve thy testimony.___i can not believe same thing is happening again;you would think after Jesus was raised,they would be more flexible ,easy to accept the gospal,bot “no”Jesus told paul”for they will not receive thy testimony concerning me,but us gentiles did. “Thanksgiving Day”would be a great chance for me to reasure my testimony in front of my loveones,i think…wich i also believe we ought to live it everysingle day,not only on sunday mornings…

  6. The crowd listened until they heard something they did not agree with. Paul was not a crowd pleaser; did not water down his testimony so they would be more accepting of it, and stood by it. What a perfect example of how we should live out our own.

  7. Paul’s testimony was his greatest weapon. Every time his past tries to hinder his future he tells his testimony.
    We must be bold and tell our testimony. When the past creeps up in our lives remid yourself that God brought you out.

  8. This shows that God can turn anyone around and use them greatly, as long as they are willing to obey and follow His ways! I know that when I fall God is always there to pick me up. I know He has something great in store for me I just must be willing to use His strength to get up and move forward, and turn away from the things that brought me down. We must trust in Him always, for a life without Him is dead and empty. May we continue to press forward with His Word and deliver His message to all, for we all are called to be witnesses in His Name! May we also be blessed with His mighty strength and authority to overcome all obstacles! God bless! I love everyone of you!

  9. 30 Paul used his tie of persecution as an opportunity for him to witness. Even his enemies were creating a platform for him to address the entire Sanhedrin. If we are sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s leading, we will see increased opportunities to share our faith, even in the face of opposition.

  10. What a great testimony Paul gave. (We overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony.) If we want to be overcomers, we need to testify about the great things God has done in our lives. Let’s be his witnesses of the things which we have seen and have heard him do.

  11. Vs. 26 – When the centurion heard that, he went and told the chief captain, saying, ” Take heed what though doest: for this man is a roman.” I’m reminded of another scripture that talks about how a good name is rather to be chosen than great riches. It is important for us as christians to have the name of Jesus on us, so that, when the enemy comes against us, he will have second thoughts.

    • That’s awesome, the scripture you’re referencing is Prov 22:1, the chapter of Acts of the day coincides with the Proverb of the day.

  12. The captain was impressed. “I paid a huge sum for my citizenship. How much did it cost you?”

    “Nothing,” said Paul. “It cost me nothing. I was free from the day of my birth.” msg

    Though this is referring to Paul’s citizenship, it reminds me of when I was born again. I didn’t have to pay the price for this glorious citizenship from heaven, in fact, I was born free.

    No longer can the enemy claim me as his, my home is in glory, and he has no ties to me.

  13. This chapter is proof that our past life/sins can be washed away, and an example of Gods mercy & grace. While we may never be martyrs we will for sure face trials and tribulations. Thank God for the blood that washes away our sins before the Day of Judgment. May the good Lord bless and keep you all

  14. Our Lord will use everything in our lives, both positive and negative to His Glory. Our testimony of what God has pulled us out of, help others relate to us and find that common ground, and because He deliver us, we can offer the same hope to others. Paul speaks to them in Hebrew to make that connection, tells them his testimony, without looking to please them. He uses His testimony to share the gospel with them. We should do the same, we should share His Gospel in everyone of our conversation, bodly and without hesitation.

  15. Paul had quite a pedigree. God can use our past and present to create our future. You never know who you can reach with your testimony!

  16. What an encounter with Christ. To see that WE ALL have a calling in our lives. Saul was so passionate in persecuting the ‘church’ now his PASSION is to be a witness unto all men, of what he has seen and heard.

  17. When God told Ananias that Paul was going to suffer great things, he did just that. Paul was beaten several & falsly accused, but still he maintained his trust in God. There’s going to come a time when we must suffer for the name of Jesus. Are YOU ready?

  18. Paul’s past was not pretty. He is now on the receiving end of the persecution that he used to dish out to christians before his conversion. Even though he had a conversion experience and now doing the will of God in his personal life, he is faced with reaping what he had sown perviously. Many people think that when they become christians that not only does God forgive and forget but there are no consequences to pay for wrong doing, but God’s word does not lie, you do reap what you sow somewhere down the road. This teaches me that I should be careful in every aspect of my life, so I don’t sow something that I don’t want to reap later down the road.

  19. Even after Paul had been beaten by the Jews with the intent of killing him, he still desired to speak/teach them and managed to be a give a great testimony! I am reminded that we must be ‘instant in season and out’ and ‘able to give an account to every man of what we believe’.

    He was still reaching out to those who hated him with all the mercy and grace that God showed to him on the road to Damascus-even though he was a person who consented to the death & imprisonment of many Christians.

    Even after we come to God, if we can remember -as Paul did – that we were once like those we are trying to reach and pull out of the fire, then we will Be THE Church.

  20. Our testaments are very important to God and others Paul had one and he told it even when the people was trying to kill him

  21. Paul gave a step by step testimony of from where God had brought him from. Even as he was being held he was witnessing to God’s great ability to turn even a killers life around. God had a Crazy Love for Paul. Paul was able to go from persecuter to preacher. God can take each one of us to where we need to be, but we must be willing as Paul was.

  22. Paul shows us how to show others who God is with our testimony. To be full of the Holy Ghost, have faith, and be willing to open my mouth to tell others what God has done for me is the way to Be Church to those around me. Paul was not afraid to be church to anyone no matter what the circumstances. What an example God gave us in His Word.

  23. As Paul spoke in the Hebrew language, he shows, that we must try anything to catch someone’s attention. Paul was persecuted and he was still willing to do anything to reach people, and let them know about God, and we should also do the same. We should be ready to give a testimony on what God has done for us, and how we came to know Jesus.

  24. Jerusalem had been in Paul’s sights for a long time and even though he had been warned several times, he was determined to go, no matter what came of it. Maybe, he felt in the Spirit that Rome would be his final destination so he wanted to go to Jerusalem first. He was feisty and considered himself a free man (Acts 22:28) so he went to Jerusalem and entered into the temple to purify himself. The Holy Ghost told him to leave and go unto the Gentiles (Acts 22:18, 21) but he stayed because the people gave him audience and listened to his defense. However, instead of receiving his testimony, they cried against him. The Bible doesn’t say that Paul ever regretted going to Jerusalem and he would get the job done, but God’s way would have been much better than going to Rome as a prisoner held under house arrest.

    When Paul was on the road to Damascus, Jesus said, “It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks” (Acts 9:5). Probably, every time Paul thought about Jerusalem, he mulled over all the persecutions he had instigated there (Acts 22:4, 5). He sorrowed for Jerusalem because of what he had done there before his conversion. He said, “Lord, they know that I imprisoned and beat in every synagogue them that believed on thee. 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” (Acts 22:19, 20).

    I wonder how many tears Paul shed for Stephen and how many times he saw the last glimmer of life fade from Stephen’s face. Even though we are new creatures in Christ, sometimes we suffer regret for things done in the past. We can’t change the past but we can be forgiven and learn from the past. Usually, those who are forgiven the most will give the most.

  25. It’s so awesome to see Paul and what he did prior to being a believer! He hated those that believed and beat them. But it let’s us know that even the person you might think would never accept truth into their life, or seems to be the furthest from God still has a longing desire to fill that void in their life. I don’t ever want to be guilty of passing on by a person and not telling them of God’s truth just because of the way they look, where they are from or what they have done!

  26. Paul spoke hebrew and they listened. What language are we speaking to get people to listen. The best language to speak is “example”, in word and deed. Speak and do the things that will glorify God and not flesh.

  27. Verses 3, 18, and 21 highlight what Jesus said in Mark 6:4 “But Jesus, said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.” Paul himself confessed when he prayed that the people knew of what he had done. When he spoke to those at Jerusalem, perhaps their response can be illustrated: Who is this Paul? Is he not Saul who we knew, who grew up among us? Is this not Saul the tentmaker, and the disciple of Gamaliel? It is true that sometimes those who were closest to us (like family) will seem to resist our testimony the most and not respect what we say.

    Despite the adverse reaction to Paul’s testimony, I find this chapter encouraging concerning the sharing of testimonies in that we are still over-comers by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony, even if not everyone receives it, and that if we are in a place that won’t receive it, God will send us to others who will (v18 & 21.) I find this personally encouraging in that my testimony is not pretty and I feel social pressure to not talk about the details of it that I feel really reveal the power in it, however v18 and 21 confirm what I’ve been feeling that it doesn’t matter how many people won’t receive it, there are still some who will and God will give me opportunity to share it with those people.

    Also 2 Tim 1:5-8 (esp 7 & 8, I recommend the AMP version) goes along with this. In my KJV Bible, there is a subhead break between v7 and 8, so I don’t think I have often in my mind linked them together, but it make so much more sense it you read it together and don’t try to detach those two verses. It seems to me according to this passage in 2 Timothy, one of the devil’s biggest tools for shutting down the sharing of the testimonies is fear (the opposite of faith, which Paul encourages Timothy to have rather than fear), though Rev 12:10-11 tells us we overcome the devil by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. I don’t believe it is coincidence that Jesus used Paul to pen these words in 2 Timothy considering the boldness we see in Paul in Acts 22. (I say this especially to myself) we must be bold in the Lord and not allow fear to keep us from being church.

  28. Paul was very eloquent when speaking to the people as he explain his life to them & how he imprisoned people like himself it made me thankful to know that Gods grace is abundant he forgave Paul & told him what he needed to do I pray the Glory of God blind us all from sin

  29. Paul Reveals His Roman Citizenship 24. The chief captain commanded him to be brought into the castle, and bade that he should be examined by scourging; that he might know wherefore they cried so against him. 25. And as they bound him with thongs, Paul said unto the centurion that stood by, Is it lawful for you to scourge a man that is a Ro’-man, and uncondemned? 26. When the centurion heard that, he went and told the chief captain, saying, Take heed what thou doest: for this man is a Ro’-man. 27. Then the chief captain came, and said unto him, Tell me, art thou a Ro’-man? He said, Yea. 28. And the chief captain answered, With a great sum obtained I this freedom. And Paul said, But I was free born. 29. Then straightway they departed from him which should have examined him: and the chief captain also was afraid, after he knew that he was a Ro’-man, and because he had bound him. 30. On the morrow, because he would have known the certainty wherefore he was accused of the Jews, he loosed him from his bands, and commanded the chief priests and all their council to appear, and brought Paul down, and set him before them.

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