Acts Chapter 26

Acts 26

1Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Thou art permitted to speak for thyself. Then Paul stretched forth the hand, and answered for himself:

2I think myself happy, king Agrippa, because I shall answer for myself this day before thee touching all the things whereof I am accused of the Jews:

3Especially because I know thee to be expert in all customs and questions which are among the Jews: wherefore I beseech thee to hear me patiently.

4My manner of life from my youth, which was at the first among mine own nation at Jerusalem, know all the Jews;

5Which knew me from the beginning, if they would testify, that after the most straitest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee.

6And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made of God, unto our fathers:

7Unto which promise our twelve tribes, instantly serving God day and night, hope to come. For which hope’s sake, king Agrippa, I am accused of the Jews.

8Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should raise the dead?

9I verily thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.

10Which thing I also did in Jerusalem: and many of the saints did I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I gave my voice against them.

11And I punished them oft in every synagogue, and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them even unto strange cities.

12Whereupon as I went to Damascus with authority and commission from the chief priests,

13At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me and them which journeyed with me.

14And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

15And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest.

16But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee;

17Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee,

18To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.

19Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision:

20But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.

21For these causes the Jews caught me in the temple, and went about to kill me.

22Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come:

23That Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should shew light unto the people, and to the Gentiles.

24And as he thus spake for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning doth make thee mad.

25But he said, I am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak forth the words of truth and soberness.

26For the king knoweth of these things, before whom also I speak freely: for I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from him; for this thing was not done in a corner.

27King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets? I know that thou believest.

28Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.

29And Paul said, I would to God, that not only thou, but also all that hear me this day, were both almost, and altogether such as I am, except these bonds.

30And when he had thus spoken, the king rose up, and the governor, and Bernice, and they that sat with them:

31And when they were gone aside, they talked between themselves, saying, This man doeth nothing worthy of death or of bonds.

32Then said Agrippa unto Festus, This man might have been set at liberty, if he had not appealed unto Caesar.

 

26 thoughts on “Acts Chapter 26

  1. As Paul recounted his past life to King Agrippa and then his Damascus experience, it is very clear to see that with the same fervency that he ridiculed the christians before his experience is the same fervency that he served God with. So many people live in the world with all their might, but then when they come to the Lord, they sometimes do give God their all. With Paul as our example, we should give God more than we gave the world, and be able to share that as our testimony as he did to everyone that he was given the opportunity to talk with.

  2. Even though we may be accused of a charge, notice in verse 2-3, Paul continues to respect those in authority, by addressing properly “King Agrippa”. Again in verse 25, he says “most noble Festus”. We as christians also should be respectful at all times, even when there is a disagreement within the church. To Be Church, we give respect and honor to those appointed over us.

    Then in versus 27-29, it seems like King Agrippa wanted to believe in what Paul was saying, since he believed in the prophets. But the King let his prideful spirit interfere with his decision in accepting what Paul was saying.

  3. The reoccurring theme in the book of Acts in particularly dealing with Paul is that he lived for the next opportunity to share his testimony. The story about what GOD had done for for him and in him.

    2 I think myself happy, this should be the theme of the New Testament, Book of Acts Church, “No matter your trial, dilemma, situation, surroundings or circumstances, “THINK YOURSELF HAPPY” at the opportunity to share your testimony”.

    God brought Paul before great people and his testimony never changed.

  4. I think myself happy! This is the day that the Lord has made…what more do you need from Him to make you happy? We have life, air in our lungs, and everything we NEED.
    I Am Persuaded! Not almost.

  5. In this chapter lies much of the problem in our day. We have become kings unto ourselves ruling our own lives with knowledge found in books and school systems. What we are lacking is knowledge and revelation from Jesus Christ. To truly understand who the Messiah is we must understand the prophets and the law which described His coming. Even with the law, the prophets and Jesus himself some still doubt and are almost persuaded.Could it be that most of our struggle in life is because we simply cannot be persuaded. For those that are almost persuaded… Eternity is almost here.

  6. We should be ready to give our testimony at any time especially when asked to answer for our actions for God. Paul gave his testimony so well that even rulers were ready to believe.

  7. Paul took his role so passionately as he told how God had directed him in verses (Message) 17-18…’I’m sending you off to open the eyes of the outsiders so they can see the difference between dark and light, and choose light, see the difference between Satan and God, and choose God. I’m sending you off to present my offer of sins forgiven, and a place in the family, inviting them into the company of those who begin real living by believing in me.’ We need to share our testimony and then pray as Paul in verse 29…..Paul, still in chains, said, “That’s what I’m praying for, whether now or later, and not only you but everyone listening today, to become like me—except, of course, for this prison jewelry!”

  8. I was reading in Ps. 146 before reading Acts 26 this morning. Ps. 146:5 reads, “HAPPY is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help. whose hope is in the Lord his God.” Acts 26:2, Paul says, ” I think myself HAPPY…” Paul’s hope was in the Lord his God. My hope is in the Lord my God. So today, “I think myself HAPPY.”

  9. In Acts 26:28, Agrippa answered Paul’s question. “Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.” How sad it is that Agrippa came so close to salvation and then backed away! In Paul’s day, the Christian doctrine was not contaminated by the Trinitarian doctrine. Being a Christian meant being saved through repentance, baptism in Jesus name, and the Holy Ghost with speaking in other tongues. The word “Christian” is still given to all those who believe in Christ Jesus, but today, most Christians follow the Trinitarian doctrine, which does not teach the apostolic works of salvation.

    The catholic encyclopedia teaches that a person is saved by faith because the Trinitarian doctrine is an “ineffable mystery, infinitely beyond all that we can humanly understand.” However, Paul says “the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead” (Romans 1:20).

    Paul defended the apostolic doctrine against the Pharisees and the religious leaders of his day. His words were very effective because he knew the Word of God and what the people believed. He always had a good true answer. If we want to be effective, we must know the true Word of God and the Trinitarian doctrine to understand what we struggle against. There are many people who like Agrippa, will decide not to be Christian when they count the cost to the flesh but there are also many who truly do want to be saved. If we have the skills like Paul to explain the apostolic doctrine to them, they will gladly do the works of salvation.

  10. 8Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should raise the dead?

    I love this question. It’s a question that could be asked to the church today. A perfect parrallel of where our faith should be compared to where it is… Paul gives his testimony to the King and the King is not willing to fully believe. How many of us are almost persuaded? Almost persuaded to believe the promises of God, almost persuaded to testify or almost persuaded to BE CHURCH!

  11. I pratice the vs. about “I think myself happy,” exspecially when people yell at me at work. Co-workers and managers alike ask me why I’m allways so happy and I tell them “I think it”:)

  12. Paul, a man that knew his past, but didn’t let it determine his future. We have to praise God from what he brought us from & also praise him for where he’s taking us. Our faith in God will take us to another level in him.

  13. It is amazing that Paul is never afraid to tell the testimony of what he use to do and how God changed him to what he is now; in hopes that someone that hears would become as he is.

  14. “And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made of God, unto our fathers: Unto which promise our twelve tribes, instantly serving God day and night, hope to come. For which hope’s sake, king Agrippa, I am accused of the Jews. Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should raise the dead?” v6-8

    I find it so tragic how many people react like many of the children of Israel. They have a hope that they cling to for so long, yet when the fulfillment finally comes, they turn their heads away in disbelief and refuse to accept what is offered.

    It reminds me of one individual who I tried to reach for quite some time. At one point, they mentioned something about them calling out to God and I felt the opportunity had arisen to be blunt with them and told them that God was answering. It is hard to explain it exactly, but it just seemed like the time was right to be blunt with them. They would often dodge matters of God, like they refused to decide exactly how they felt. There seemed to be a part of them that was still hoping, still looking for something despite being cynical and critical about matters of the faith. Like I said, it’s hard to explain but it just seemed like everything that had happened previously led up to that point of finally putting it out there so they could at last take it or leave it. And they seemed like they were really wondering if there wasn’t something to what I was talking about.

    Yet like King Agrippa, no matter how close it seemed they were to being persuaded, they ended up turning away in the end. I don’t believe I ever had another conversation like that with the person after that. It was hard having the doors close, after trying to work with them for over a year, feeling like gradually there was some progress being made.

    • (sorry, it posted before I was finished…)

      Yet the Bible says we must shake the dust off out feet and continue. In thinking of these who seem stuck in turning away when their hope comes, I am stirred in remembering that the effectual fervent prayer of the righteous availeth much. There are many people who seem to be “unreachables” in terms of classic evangelism, yet I believe in that effectual fervent prayer of the saints, God will open doors to individuals who would never have otherwise been reached. I remember praying for that individual and I believe opportunity came to witness to them because of God working in their life. Yes, they decided not to answer God’s call, but they had the opportunity to. It echoes in me “prayer, prayer, prayer.” It is my burden that I not simply plant seeds but water in prayer, so that those seeds might take root in good soil.

  15. Festus asked Agrippa for advice on Paul’s case. When Agrippa asked to hear Paul’s side, Paul takes the opportunity again to chare how Christ has changed his life. Christ fills us with love, hope, and peace; other people may see it but they dont understand it. The way I see it, it is not good enough to say I believe, we must show and prove it with our actions. They are watching to see how we react to things in this world. That is our opportunity to tell and show how Christ has changed our lives.

  16. v24 ( in john 10v20 the Jews said the same thing about Jesus. that He was “raving mad” Here Festus tells Paul that he has studied so much that he is “insane” We can imagine that the actions of Jesus and Paul were not “unemotional” little words but words full of “emotion”. This past week I had the opportunity to visit with a childhood friend that I had not seen in 50 years. He told me that he had left the teachings of his childhood in a Pentecostal movement and joined another belief. When I asked him why his answer was “Well, you know, those were only “emotional experiences” at that little church back home. You have to have a relationship with the Lord.” I said that I believed being in the love with the Lord and his work was pretty emotional. Let’s be “out of our mind” in the word and BE CHURCH.

  17. I am living for God all I think about is being at church & being a good whitness for people to see that living for God doesnt mean living a boring life God is awesome!

  18. Paul’s heart is revealed here in his words: he was more concerned for the salvation of these strangers than for the removal of his own chains. We should ask God to give us a burning desire to see others come to Christ – a desire so strong that it overshadowed our problems.

  19. Paul’s faith was impressive to say the least. Even though he was falsely accused, bound and on his way to face the unknown he kept steadfast and received favor from God. This chapter proves if we hold on even if we are heading for the rocks, Jesus will take care of our NEEDs. God’s ways are not our ways, thank God for the faith and wisdom to “stay in the boat”

  20. Paul showed there is nothing to fear except, God when he shook off the snake. He also showed humility, he could have easily accepted the temptation that was placed before him when they perceived him as a god. This Chapter is an inspiration of faith, courage and wisdom, which other saints like Paul have shown.

  21. In Paul’s testiminy or self defense to King Agrippa & Festus, he lets them know that he has continued witnessing all this time -since he was 1st accused of heresy- by the grace of God. This testimony alone speaks loudly that he was a man of God and the all the enemies plots could not stop God’s will from being done!

  22. Paul kept his testimony. Through all he had come at him, though the political signifiance of the people he met with canged, his testimony never did.

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