Acts Chapter 26

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Acts 26

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

2 I 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:

3 Especially 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.

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

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

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

7 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.

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

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

10 Which 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.

11 And 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.

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

13 At 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.

14 And 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.

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

16 But 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;

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

18 To 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.

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

20 But 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.

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

22 Having 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:

23 That 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.

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

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

26 For 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.

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

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

29 And 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.

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

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

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

29 thoughts on “Acts Chapter 26

  1. A Damascus Road Expirience

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

    To 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. (‭Acts‬ ‭26‬:‭14-16, 18‬ KJV)

    We all seem to have our own agenda in this life, but, having a Damascus Road Expirience can change your life inside out.
    We will never find joy, peace, direction, or even have a sound mind. Why? Because you’re running away from your purpose in life.
    To busy trying to live according to your desires of the flesh, in which will never bring fulfillment.

    Stop living according to your will, and live according to the plans that The Lord has prepared for you since the beginning of time.
    So many times we think what “I’m ok, I’m fine, leave me alone,” you begin to push people out of your life that truly love and care for you. You find yourself deeper in sin and blinded by your own will.
    My prayer for you is simply this, that you will have a “Damascus Road Expirience” as Paul!

    For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. (‭Jeremiah‬ ‭29‬:‭11-13‬ NLT)

    Jesus is closer to you than you think. It all begins with repentance. His live is greater than your sin.

  2. And when we all had fallen to the ground, I heard a voice speaking to me and saying in the Hebrew language, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’ (‭Acts‬ ‭26‬:‭14‬ NKJV)

    When you are called and you are announced it will be hard and close to impossible to ignore it and run from and live peaceful for the rest of your day. Paul he made up in his mind at that’ moment that he wasn’t gonna run or neglect God. He became the very thing he promise to destroy. He could not ignore the over whelming power of Christ.

    Do not run from what your suppose to become. This is your life. This were we belong.

  3. COME OUT OF THE CORNER

    23 That 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.
    24 And as he thus spake for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning doth make thee mad.
    25 But he said, I am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak forth the words of truth and soberness.
    26 For 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.

    Intimidation is a tactic of satan. His plot is to silence the church of the Living GOD, hinder our FAITH, compress our PRAISE and weaken our TESTIMONY. Paul refused to be intimidated, knowing the time was short, he wasted none. His radical FAITH caused accusation against him that he had lost his mind. Truth is Paul lost his mind and let the MIND of CHRIST guide him.

    His testimony included the fact that the death, burial and resurrection of JESUS was not a secret or anything to be ashamed of. Therefore it is NOW time for the Church to COME OUT OF THE CORNER.

    Share your FAITH today, share your Savior today.

    iRepent
    iPraise
    iPray
    iWork
    iGIve
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  4. CHOICES!!!!

    2 I 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:

    Everyone usually looks at me like I’m crazy when I tell them that JOY is a choice. That no one should ever has the power to make you happy or to make you sad. While you believe that then you become a prisoner of others. We CHOSE our emotions yes so and so did something against me but it is I who chooses to be ANGRY OR SAD about it. Life becomes so simple once you realize that you can CHOSE TO BE HAPPY!!!!!

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

    29 And 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.

    The POWER of the word of your testimony. When I was in college this preacher came and stood in the middle of campus calling every girl a whore and every man a fornicator. All students (me included) were apaulled by his actions. You want to win someone for CHRIST SPEAK ABOUT HIS GOODNESS, tell EVERYONE WHAT HE HAS DONE FOR YOU, PROCLAIM HIS WORD, AND TRUTH!!!!

  5. iLove to eat More Word

    “Almost More”

    Acts 26:28 “Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.”

    Paul was obedient to the Holy Ghost. He testified in the presence of King Agrippa and was so thorough that he almost convinced him. Many preachers might have counted this as a failure…”almost” got a conversion (and a king at that). This was not a failure for the fact that Paul had accomplished the intended goal. He planted the seed in obedience.

    Each person has their own will and own choices in life. If we testify in the power of the Holy Ghost and are obedient to the voice of God, when judgement day comes we will be able to have assurance that we walked in the will of God, even if the folks around us were “almost” saved.

  6. Once he was called, Paul became a great man and was obedient to the Lords will. Just the same, no matter where we come from or what we’ve done, once God has chosen us, we are His. It is then our duty to teach His gospel and salvation, and to tell others of our testimony of how great God is. Use us Lord, all for Your glory!

  7. So close but yet so far

    Acts 26:28
    Agrippa replied to Paul, “In a short time you will persuade me to become a Christian.”

    King Agrippa, an expert in Jewish scripture, found Paul’s reasoning impressive. He listened to Paul from a different perspective than that of Festus. Scholars are split on how Agrippa felt but it is more reasonable that he was convinced of the reasoning of Paul. Why he decided not to convert to truth can only be speculated.

    Paul shows the love of God in his apology. Two years of prison did not keep his spirit depressed. He witnessed to everyone in the room and desired for them to all be like him except for his imprisonment. At the climax of Agrippas eternal life, he chose not to accept truth just as thousands do everyday. How tragic.

  8. Almost!

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

    How many of us have poured out our hearts to someone witnessing to them, proclaiming the good news with everything that we had only to see someone almost come to God? These things don’t even make since to us because we understand the fullness of the gospel and are completely consumed by it. So we don’t see what they see. Prospective is the key to perception. We have to understand and feel where someone is to lead them out of where they are. Perception is something that can only be changed by real experiences. We have heard that “perception is reality” this means that….

    Proverbs 23:
    7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so [is] he…

    Tradition, law, circumstances, and life kept King Agrippa from finding that last bit of faith that would turn his belief to Jesus. It is not that Paul did a bad job of convincing him, Paul was under attack and was giving this testimony in self defense. Paul had no time to take King Agrippa and Festus to and through an experience with God. That is what it takes to win a soul. You have to not only let them see you experience God but you have to somehow get them to a place where they can experience God. This is why we see people from tradgity coming to God. Short of a tradgity, what could we do to inspire someone to come experience God? Each case will be different but one thing will always be the same. Being led of the Holy Ghost. God himself knows what they are going through and what it will take to get inside their hearts. So what we have to do is look for that unction, that still small voice to lead us. We have to truly believe that God is going to do this through us, and we have to be willing to take them time to go through the process of that experience with someone.
    When the game is coming to an end and everyone is on their feet waiting for the outcome. The team and every fan in the stands are relying on that one person “The Closer ” to throw those series of pitches to put the game away. The management has not selected just anyone to be in this position, but they have put in the best!
    This is the final ennings for the church and we are in the game. This must mean that God has chosen us out of the ages to seal the deal. To bring home his church!

    We are The Closers!

  9. Acts 26:22-23 (Good News Translation (GNT))
    22 But to this very day I have been helped by God, and so I stand here giving my witness to all, to small and great alike. What I say is the very same thing which the prophets and Moses said was going to happen: 23 that the Messiah must suffer and be the first one to rise from death, to announce the light of salvation to the Jews and to the Gentiles.”

    Mark 13:11 (KJV Strong’s)
    11 But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost.

    When the lord speaks it does not return void. His words are creative and powerful. His words spoke worlds into existence.

    When we speak his words the same power and authority is used. This is because they are not the words of a human but of God.

    When we are sensitive to his spirit as in Mark 13 we will hear his words and speak his words. Things will change and the best thing that can be said will be said.

  10. vs 32
    Festus is equivocating . He had the right to acquit. Paul even after his appeal but was too politically wise to do so.

  11. Going MAD!

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

    Mad. adjective, madder, maddest.
    1. mentally disturbed; deranged; insane; demented.

    We must be mentally disturbed for God. For his will. For his way. To do what is right. We must get so infatuated with God and his word that we become disturbed with what happens around us. We must be challenged to know the Word and to do it. To know something is fine but to infuse that knowledge into us and put it into practical use. We then know that we achieved our goal according to Gods Word and will. So then we become mad for God.

  12. Paul was willing to tell anyone of his conversion and how God had delivered him. Paul was preaching Jesus unto Agrippa and Festus not knowing enough about this Holy Ghost way thought he was mad.
    Agrippa was almost persuaded to be a Christian knowing about Paul and the customs of the Jews!
    We need to be more than just another saint, but take our message to everyone!!

  13. This chapter reminds me of so many today that are fighting so hard against God and what He represents. But, if we (the Church, the Children of God) are obedient and testify to everyone we meet; we may be reaching for that (Saul) Paul who is going to turn that same energy for the kingdom of God. Ephesians 4:11 and 1 Corinthians 12:28 talk about how God has given each and everyone of us our own gift. This body (POFW) needs to work together and keep reaching for MORE and MORE.

  14. Acts 26:19 so then King Agrippa I was not disobedient to the vision from heaven. First to those in Demascus then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea and then to the Gentiles .I preached that they should repent and turn to God and demonstrate their repentance by their deeds.

  15. 2, “I 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:”

    No matter how the situation may look, we just need to “think ourselves happy.” OR, we can be like king David and encourage ourselves in the Lord our God. (1 Sam. 30:6). OR we can do as Ephesians 5:19-20 says, “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;”

    So, whatever you may be facing today:
    Think Yourself Happy!
    Encourage Yourself in the Lord!
    Sing A Song!

  16. Through test and storms that Paul was presently experiencing, he kept a Godly attitude.

    2 I 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:

    What does my attitude say about our current situation? Can Jesus still be seen in me?

    Lord help me to keep a correct attitude in all things so that you can still be reflected in my actions on a daily basis, whether I be in a good situation or a bad situation.

  17. 22 Having 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:

    23 That 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.

    We can only witness what God has done for us and also what his word declares. This is powerfu! We cannot add to or take away from his word. Our prayer must be for the seed of his word to fall upon good soil-those hungry & thirsty for his righteousness.

  18. 16 But 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;

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

    18 To 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.

    Romans 13:11-14 And that, knowing the time that now it is high time to awake out of sleep for now is our salvation nearer than we ever believed.

    The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Let us therefore cast off the works of darkness and let us put on the armour of light.

    Let us walk honestly, as in the day, not in rioting and drunkness, not in chambering and wantoness, not in strife and envying

    But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

  19. “Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.” One should strive to be a bold as Paul, for one may just persuade another to be a Christian. What a mighty God we serve! Thank God for his word. God bless America, Jerusalem, and you all in Jesus name, Amen!

  20. Stay out of the dark , stay in the light, stay out and away from the negative , Jesus is the light and the most positive for us to follow, after all the reflection we have on others is the most powerful tool we have to show one the way!

  21. 14 And 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.

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

    16 But 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;

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

    18 To 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.
    In this chapter its shows us clearly how God can turn lives around and use us in his kingdom. Paul was pursecuting saints of God because the devil was using him to prevent him from Gods plan. It finally click in saul’s mind one day in the wilderness God spoke to him and he realized he was doing God wrong. No one can stop the plan of God!

  22. 22 Having 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:

    With the help of God we too can continue in witnessing both small and great. At home point of his testimony even the king says “you almost persuaded me” it’s our job to witness and it’s the hearers job to take notice and receive the Word of God.

  23. ………….. for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. -Matthew 12:34

    For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee. -Proverbs 23:7

    Paul understood the scriptures…..there are times in our life the we have to think ourself happy.

    Paul’s circumstances were definitely not those that he would have desired but he knew the God in whom he served.

    2 I 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:

  24. vss. 22-23 Having therefore obtained help ofbGod, I continue unto this day, witnessing both small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come: that Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should shew light unto the people, and the Gentiles.

    JESUS’ personal resurrection was not for HIS benefit alone.
    Romans 8:29 ” For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate yo be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren ”

    JESUS’ RESURRECTION was above all, to bring many into glory . We that belong to HIM have that geart hope of glory .
    To those who have died in CHRIST will arise from the grave, and those who are alive will ascend with them to meet the LORD in the air.
    1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18

    WHAT A PROMISE !!!!

  25. How wonderful our Father truly is, even after Paul persecuted Jesus, He still showed His love and grace. His forgiveness is like no other. If we could learn to forgive the way Jesus does, how remarkable this world would be. Help us all Jesus to love the way you do. Thank you Jesus for your wonderful and marvelous grace. Glory to God.

    14 And 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.
    15 And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest.
    16 But 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;
    17 Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee,
    18 To 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.
    19 Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision:

    NLT
    14 We all fell down, and I heard a voice saying to me in Aramaic,[d] ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It is useless for you to fight against my will.[e]’
    15 “‘Who are you, lord?’ I asked.
    “And the Lord replied, ‘I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting.
    16 Now get to your feet! For I have appeared to you to appoint you as my servant and witness. Tell people that you have seen me, and tell them what I will show you in the future.
    17 And I will rescue you from both your own people and the Gentiles. Yes, I am sending you to the Gentiles
    18 to open their eyes, so they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God. Then they will receive forgiveness for their sins and be given a place among God’s people, who are set apart by faith in me.’
    19 “And so, King Agrippa, I obeyed that vision from heaven.

    Thank you Jesus, I love you. Oh to be like thee, my blessed redemeer.

  26. The Price Of Promise

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

    7 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.

    In receiving the promise of God, Paul opened himself to receive criticism and persecution by those who did not understand. This world cannot understand spiritual things on it’s own, and whenever we side with God, we stand to receive the same negative responses that people who don’t understand will have towards God. But with the price of promises come the opportunity to receive those promises, which far outweigh the cost.

    Matthew 16:25-27
    25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

    26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

    27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.

  27. Longing for more

    Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian. And 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. (‭Acts‬ ‭26‬:‭28-29‬ KJV)

    Paul’s attitude was not that of failure, but that of longing for more. He wanted the king and those that heard to be added to the kingdom. We should long for the souls of our city like Paul longed for the souls he spoke to. Waiting years, unjustly imprisioned, and yet het still wanted their souls to be added to the kingdom.

    MORE

  28. 22 Having 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:

    23 That 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.

    Continue to preach is what Paul did despite all of his circumstances, whatever he was facing. No matter who it was, he shared Christ with them. We know that not everyone is call to be behind a pulpit, but all of us are to to preach and be witnesses of the truth. We are the vessel that The Lord wants to use to reach this world. To you and old, small and great, they all need to know this gospel. Continue to preach; in your job, school, groups, friends, neighbors, acquaintance…. Share the word of God

  29. 16 ‘Now get up and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness of what you have seen and will see of me.
    17 I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them
    When we stand up as a church and listen to God we can take Fort Worth for him! 🙂
    29 Paul replied, “Short time or long—I pray to God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains.”

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