Acts Chapter 22

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Acts 22

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: and he saith,)

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 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 do.

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.

14 And 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.

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

16 And now why tarriest thou? 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, 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.

22 And 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.

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

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 Roman, 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 Roman.

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

22 thoughts on “Acts Chapter 22

  1. HANDPICKED OF GOD!!!!

    “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.’ (Acts 22:14-16 MSG)

    Wow! These scripture in the message version put a huge smile on my face as I read! To be chosen of God !! I’m so thankful for his love, his mercy, his grace towards me. He didn’t have to, but He did and still to this day he continues to show himself more and more to me.

    Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. (Jeremiah 1:5 KJV)

    But when He, Who had chosen and set me apart [even] before I was born and had called me by His grace (His undeserved favor and blessing), saw fit and was pleased [Isa. 49:1; Jer. 1:5.] To reveal (unveil, disclose) His Son within me so that I might proclaim Him among the Gentiles (the non-Jewish world) as the glad tidings (Gospel), immediately I did not confer with flesh and blood [did not consult or counsel with any frail human being or communicate with anyone]. (Galatians 1:15, 16 AMP)

    Lets get up and get ready, there is work that needs to be done, lets do what we the church (POFW) has been called to do…. BRINGING IN THE HARVEST!! God is counting on you today, you don’t need a degree to do this. He’s just looking for someone that has a willing heart.

  2. 22 And 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.

    Paul told of his conversion and how he had the blood of Stephen on him, yet God had forgave him and made him a great worker in the kingdom of God.
    The greatest miracle in life is to be converted. A new life, A new man. Thinking that Paul changed from a persecuter of the church to an apostle to the gentiles, The bright light, brighter than the noon day sun shined into his life and made a change in his life.
    When we see who we are and what we are and realize we need to make a change that the life we live is not any good. It takes a miracle to change us and let us see ourselves as we are.
    Thnak God for the miracle of the Holy Ghost, it makes a difference in our lives. New birth experience, being born again.

  3. Verses 1-2 MSG “My dear brothers and fathers, listen carefully to what I have to say before you jump to conclusions about me.” When they heard him speaking Hebrew, they grew even quieter. No one wanted to miss a word of this. This good news is to be shared with anyone and everyone. We can’t jump to our own conclusions and think “He doesn’t need Jesus”; but, “He does”. You never know who God has handpicked to do a great work for him in the Kingdom and its our job to plant that seed. The time is NOW…..let’s go.

  4. The Power of your testimony.
    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 do.
    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.

    Sometimes the world needs to know WHY WE CHANGED?, WHO CHANGED US?, AND HOW HE CHANGED US? There is power in your testimony. Rev 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

  5. 14 And 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.

    There is Just One! I pray that I am sensitive to know His will, hear His voice and oh, Iwant to see Him!

    Oh, I want to see Him, look upon His face,
    There to sing forever of His saving grace;
    On the streets of glory let me lift my voice,
    Cares all past, home at last, ever to rejoice.

  6. TRUTH = MANS GREATEST SELF DEFENSE

    1 Men, brethren, and fathers, hear ye my defence which I make now unto you.

    So often when trouble arises we seek to find someone to come to our defense. In our society the accused hire attorneys in hopes of self defense. The hired defense will represent and defend offenders based on the facts that are presented to them.

    Paul was called upon to defend himself. Trusting in the GOD he served and hoping in the promises given him, led by the Spirit that was in him. Paul spoke in him own defense. Paul spoke the TRUTH of HIS own TESTIMONY. He did not attempt to prove his accusers wrong by pointing out their faults, he simply shared the TRUTH of what happened to HIM by the hand of the LORD JESUS.

    Our only hope of defense is to share the TRUTH of what JESUS has done for us.

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  7. Where’s The Love?

    22 And 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.

    How quickly did those without truth turn on one that had been their own! One of the deceptions of sin is that it will tell us in it we will have an identity and belong. Yet we see the nature of the world’s loyalty pictured here. Yes there will be times that an old lifestyle will come calling back with that “remember when we were best friends?” type of line, but look at the big picture: we are of no use to sin other than to be consumed and be subject of the devil to drag others down as well.

    Carnal thinking will operate by this; unless it multiplies death and sin, there’s nothing worth taking back. On the inverse, Jesus had everything invested in us while we were yet serving sin and not Him, yet still called us in pure Love. For a season, sin may appeal as it calls us to join its party, but in the end it is not commited to us, has no love for us, will not die for us… There is no loneliness quite like being forsaken by a sinful lifestyle after you turned your back on God. Where do you have left to turn?

    But as the Prodigal learned, even if we get sucked into the deception of “belonging” in sin, we still have amazing Love and acceptance awaiting our return to Jesus. And also, as Paul learned, while we are walking in the Spirit and not death, we may encounter the pain of the retaliation of an old lifestyle we abandoned, but our comfort and peace and belonging are still in Christ. Paul could have allowed feelings of condemnation to come into his mind when the Jews declared it was not fit for someone like him to live, but he rested instead in the security of God’s love and justification. The world may condemn us, but if we are in Christ, we get to have true Love and freedom.

    Romans 8:1
    There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

    Romans 5:7-11
    7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.

    8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

    9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

    10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

    11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.

  8. 27 Then the chief captain came, and said unto him, Tell me, art thou a Roman? 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 Roman, and because he had bound him.

  9. 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 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.

    Just tell the story. What a great witnessing tool. Your own testimony. We all have a story to tell. God has done great wonders with each of our lives. In here we see how Paul shared the truth of his personal story. This is what God did in my life. “Look what the Lord has done”.
    We all have been chosen with a purpose.

    14 And 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.

    Sometimes it becomes hard to find a way to witness, but we call all relate somehow to things past in our lives. Not that we are proud and want to brag about being the baddest “bad” that was there but to use that to say this is how The Lord changed me
    In revelation 12:11
    11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

    We have to power to impact a life..this is why Paul needed to talk to the people. No eloquent speech just the truth of his testimony. Not all the time, but there will be times that you may be prompted by God to share your story.

    So what’s your story?

  10. 15 For thou shalt be his witness unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard.

    This chapter verifies the power of our testimony. Many may think what I have been delivered from is not noteworthy, but we never know how it is going to effect others. Paul recounts his life as Saul and how God brought him to where he is now telling his testimony to these men. Some will be moved, others will not, but who are we to judge if it will be accepted or not.

    If we do our part, God will do His.

  11. v22 For thou shalt be his witness unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard.

    ” TELL HIS STORY”
    JESUS died for the sins of all people and HIS WILL is that none should perish but that everyone would obey the gospel and receive salvation . JESUS’ last words to his disciples were that they would witness in the” uttermost part of the earth” Acts1:8

    Empowered witnessing causes conviction to the hearts of people who heard Peter preach .Acts 2:37
    GOD’s Word convicts grips our hearts and causes us to ask, ” What should we do about it ? GOD initiates this wonderful process .
    Other examples: Paul witness to Agippa nearly persuaded him to surrender to GOD and Felix accused Paul of being mad or crazy. GOD’S Spirit does affect the hearers.
    JESUS wants HIS story told of who HE was and Is and what HE does and did while here on earth.
    HE really lives and HE IS EMMANUEL
    GOD WITH US.
    ” i Love to tell the story”

    But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem , and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and into the uttermost part of the earth.
    Acts 1:8

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  12. 27 Then the chief captain came, and said unto him, Tell me, art thou a Roman? He said, Yea.

    It is believed by some that Paul’s Dad was a Roman, and his mother was a Jew. He was born and maintained dual citizenship.

    Being mixed meant he was disqualified from certain Hebrew rights of the law. However his Roman citizenship allowed him protection not given to a Jew.

    As the Roman orator Cicero exclaimed, “To bind a Roman is a crime, to flog him is an abomination, to slay him is almost an act of murder”

    When Paul revealed his birth the captain realized that the man he was about to punish out ranked him. The mention that the captain’s citizenship cost him a lot of money meant he had to bribe to get it.

    Our past can be confusing. We can look at it and wonder why, or wish that some things never happened. Yet Paul’s mixed background allowed him freedom in his future.

    We can trust God with the things in our past we don’t understand. He holds past present and future in his hand.

  13. 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. (Acts 22:9 KJV)
    All see the light but only the select hear from Christ!

  14. 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: and he saith,)

    Paul gave his testimony! Our testimonies are the greatest tool we have coupled with the blood of the Lamb. Our testimonies make us real to those we reach for. We need to reveal some of ourselves-how we found the truth & how God helped us- so we can relate to others. Remember your experience getting to God & use it to help someone.

  15. 8 And I answered, Who art thou, Lord? And he said unto me, I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest.

    There are still some Pauls in our city that are asking the question Who art thou Lord? Be sensitive to the voice and be ready to prayer for them that scales may fall from their eyes.

  16. “Hear ye my defence which I make now unto you”. Paul continued to reach out. One must simply tell others about one’s testimony of what God (Jesus) has done, just as Paul. What a mighty God we serve, thank God for his word! God bless Jerusalem and you all, in Jesus name, Amen

  17. 7 And I fell unto the ground, and heard a voice saying unto me, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?

    We always have to be careful of how we treat others because Jesus takes it personal.

  18. The walk of true faith

    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.

    When we are truly being led by God we are at his mercy. He places is where he wants us without argument. This is putting away the natural sight to be led by the spirit. Help me Jesus to be led by your spirit.

  19. Know the Law

    standing by, “Is it lawful for you to scourge a man who is a Roman and uncondemned?” 26 When the centurion heard this, he went to the commander and told him, saying, “What are you about to do? For this man is a Roman.” 27 The commander came and said to him, “Tell me, are you a Roman?” And he said, “Yes.” 28 The commander answered, “I acquired this citizenship with a large sum of money.” And Paul said, “But I was actually born a citizen.” 29 Therefore those who were about to examine him immediately let go of him; and the commander also was afraid when he found out that he was a Roman, and because he had put him in chains.
    (Acts 22:25-29 NASBStr)

    Paul was not only educated in the Law of Moses and doctrine, but also in the law of the government. It would behoove contemporary Christians to know the laws of the land. In these laws you can find appeals and other advantages. In the world that we will be living in in the future, knowledge of the law will be advantageous.

  20. 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.

    Not everyone will understand what makes you stand out from the rest… Use that opportunity to teach about the wonderful blessings of God and how they can be a light.

  21. Paul’s Training

    Paul has only been in Jerusalem for a few days (vs 27) and already the prophecy about the difficulties he will face (vs 11) is coming true. He is seized by the crowd, and the uproar is so great and the people inflamed that Paul must be carried away by Roman soldiers for his own safety (vs 35). But Paul wishes to stop and speak to this violent group. Is he crazy or just plain passionate? One word from Paul in their common language, Aramaic, silences the crowd. His command not only of Greek but also of Aramaic impresses them. But Paul has more than the language to give him credibility with the crowd. He is a student of the wise teacher Gamaliel, and has an impeccable and impressive educational background. He uses what he has in common with these people to gain an opening to connect with the crowd. We can use the same skills we pick up on a daily basis to reach and relate with others wo need to here the gospel, and message of salvation. When we sharpen our study of the Word we sharpen our swords like a warrior training for battle. Paul didn’t flinch in the Spirit, instead he struck with precision.

    2 Tim 2:15 “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth”

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