Acts Chapter 23

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Acts 23

1 And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.

2 And the high priest Ananias commanded them that stood by him to smite him on the mouth.

3 Then said Paul unto him, God shall smite thee, thou whited wall: for sittest thou to judge me after the law, and commandest me to be smitten contrary to the law?

4 And they that stood by said, Revilest thou God’s high priest?

5 Then said Paul, I wist not, brethren, that he was the high priest: for it is written, Thou shalt not speak evil of the ruler of thy people.

6 But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question.

7 And when he had so said, there arose a dissension between the Pharisees and the Sadducees: and the multitude was divided.

8 For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit: but the Pharisees confess both.

9 And there arose a great cry: and the scribes that were of the Pharisees’ part arose, and strove, saying, We find no evil in this man: but if a spirit or an angel hath spoken to him, let us not fight against God.

10 And when there arose a great dissension, the chief captain, fearing lest Paul should have been pulled in pieces of them, commanded the soldiers to go down, and to take him by force from among them, and to bring him into the castle.

11 And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.

12 And when it was day, certain of the Jews banded together, and bound themselves under a curse, saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul.

13 And they were more than forty which had made this conspiracy.

14 And they came to the chief priests and elders, and said, We have bound ourselves under a great curse, that we will eat nothing until we have slain Paul.

15 Now therefore ye with the council signify to the chief captain that he bring him down unto you to morrow, as though ye would enquire something more perfectly concerning him: and we, or ever he come near, are ready to kill him.

16 And when Paul’s sister’s son heard of their lying in wait, he went and entered into the castle, and told Paul.

17 Then Paul called one of the centurions unto him, and said, Bring this young man unto the chief captain: for he hath a certain thing to tell him.

18 So he took him, and brought him to the chief captain, and said, Paul the prisoner called me unto him, and prayed me to bring this young man unto thee, who hath something to say unto thee.

19 Then the chief captain took him by the hand, and went with him aside privately, and asked him, What is that thou hast to tell me?

20 And he said, The Jews have agreed to desire thee that thou wouldest bring down Paul to morrow into the council, as though they would enquire somewhat of him more perfectly.

21 But do not thou yield unto them: for there lie in wait for him of them more than forty men, which have bound themselves with an oath, that they will neither eat nor drink till they have killed him: and now are they ready, looking for a promise from thee.

22 So the chief captain then let the young man depart, and charged him, See thou tell no man that thou hast shewed these things to me.

23 And he called unto him two centurions, saying, Make ready two hundred soldiers to go to Caesarea, and horsemen threescore and ten, and spearmen two hundred, at the third hour of the night;

24 And provide them beasts, that they may set Paul on, and bring him safe unto Felix the governor.

25 And he wrote a letter after this manner:

26 Claudius Lysias unto the most excellent governor Felix sendeth greeting.

27 This man was taken of the Jews, and should have been killed of them: then came I with an army, and rescued him, having understood that he was a Roman.

28 And when I would have known the cause wherefore they accused him, I brought him forth into their council:

29 Whom I perceived to be accused of questions of their law, but to have nothing laid to his charge worthy of death or of bonds.

30 And when it was told me how that the Jews laid wait for the man, I sent straightway to thee, and gave commandment to his accusers also to say before thee what they had against him. Farewell.

31 Then the soldiers, as it was commanded them, took Paul, and brought him by night to Antipatris.

32 On the morrow they left the horsemen to go with him, and returned to the castle:

33 Who, when they came to Caesarea and delivered the epistle to the governor, presented Paul also before him.

34 And when the governor had read the letter, he asked of what province he was. And when he understood that he was of Cilicia;

35 I will hear thee, said he, when thine accusers are also come. And he commanded him to be kept in Herod’s judgment hall.

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43 thoughts on “Acts Chapter 23

  1. Acts 23:13
    And they were more than forty which had made this conspiracy .

    When you think of forty you think of Moses in the promise land we most follow what god wants us to do it can be forty years or more or it can be less that is why we need More Jesus. AMEN

  2. 1 And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.

    2 And the high priest Ananias commanded them that stood by him to smite him on the mouth.

    3 Then said Paul unto him, God shall smite thee, thou whited wall: for sittest thou to judge me after the law, and commandest me to be smitten contrary to the law?

    4 And they that stood by said, Revilest thou God’s high priest?

    5 Then said Paul, I wist not, brethren, that he was the high priest: for it is written, Thou shalt not speak evil of the ruler of thy people.

    6 But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question.

    Paul finished his course in telling of his conversion, I lived a good life because of God being in my life. Paul lived what we all should strive to live , a good conscience this is possible when we are born again. When Paul tried to tell the high Priest how he was misled by not believing what the scriptures say about Jesus he was told by the people he was disrespecting God’s man. We must be careful never to speak evil of God’s man yet put our trust in th Lord and believe in what we do. There is revival in truth and we must speak the truth and watch God move.

  3. BE VERY CAREFUL WHAT GROUP YOU WILL ALIED TO FOR YOU MAY REMAIN CURSE!!!!!!!!!

    12 And when it was day, certain of the Jews banded together, and bound themselves under a curse, saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul.
    13 And they were more than forty which had made this conspiracy.
    14 And they came to the chief priests and elders, and said, We have bound ourselves under a great curse, that we will eat nothing until we have slain Paul.
    15 Now therefore ye with the council signify to the chief captain that he bring him down unto you to morrow, as though ye would enquire something more perfectly concerning him: and we, or ever he come near, are ready to kill him.
    16 And when Paul’s sister’s son heard of their lying in wait, he went and entered into the castle, and told Paul.
    17 Then Paul called one of the centurions unto him, and said, Bring this young man unto the chief captain: for he hath a certain thing to tell him.
    18 So he took him, and brought him to the chief captain, and said, Paul the prisoner called me unto him, and prayed me to bring this young man unto thee, who hath something to say unto thee.
    19 Then the chief captain took him by the hand, and went with him aside privately, and asked him, What is that thou hast to tell me?
    20 And he said, The Jews have agreed to desire thee that thou wouldest bring down Paul to morrow into the council, as though they would enquire somewhat of him more perfectly.
    21 But do not thou yield unto them: for there lie in wait for him of them more than forty men, which have bound themselves with an oath, that they will neither eat nor drink till they have killed him: and now are they ready, looking for a promise from thee.
    22 So the chief captain then let the young man depart, and charged him, See thou tell no man that thou hast shewed these things to me.

    Here you got a bunch of Jews 40 getting ready to betray Paul, to kill him, jump him in a blink of an eye, and kill him. They curse themselves by harboring so much anger and bitterness in their heart. His family overhears and go to their high Priest to bring his complaint be know to him. The answer lies in Luke 6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.

    My advice stay humble if you hear : “well so , and so said this bout you and they said that about this. START BY NOT ACCUSING, SEAT WITH YOUR BROTHER AND SISTER AND TALK, ALLOW THEM TO EXPLAIN, LISTEN. We do not change anything by becoming our brothers accuser for the only accuser is luci and we have no place on that seat. May the Lord help us be humble and in everything do it with LOVE!!!!!

  4. “And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.”
    ‭‭Acts‬ ‭23:11‬ ‭KJV‬‬
    Some times we will be put through the fire, a trying of your faith. But we must remember that The Lord is with us always! He will never leave us nor forsake.

  5. 6 But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question.
    7 And when he had so said, there arose a dissension between the Pharisees and the Sadducees: and the multitude was divided.
    8 For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit: but the Pharisees confess both.

    In order for us to reach and teach the lost, we must first know JESUS, and then our audience. Before Paul perceived that the group was made up of two groups, he was not able to get very far talking to them.

  6. 35 I will hear thee, said he, when thine accusers are also come. And he commanded him to be kept in Herod’s judgment hall.

    I love how God makes opportunities for us to witness to people we don’t know and people we do!

  7. 4 Those standing near Paul said to him, “Do you dare to insult God’s high priest?” (NLT)

    Thursday afternoons service was all about claiming the church. There will be those who try and persecute you, your friends, your family, and those in authority over you. What are you going to do about it?! I pray that all would declare at POFW, “Not in my church! Not as long as I’m around! Why? Because THIS IS MY CHURCH!”

  8. 20 And he said, The Jews have agreed to desire thee that thou wouldest bring down Paul to morrow into the council, as though they would enquire somewhat of him more perfectly.
    21 But do not thou yield unto them: for there lie in wait for him of them more than forty men, which have bound themselves with an oath, that they will neither eat nor drink till they have killed him: and now are they ready, looking for a promise from thee.

    Truth.

    Truth , sometimes, is not the loudest voice that we hear. We must be sensitive to the Spirit to hear what it has to say.

    And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: and after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.—1 Kings 19:11-12. Here Elijah was listening for an answer. That answer came in a still small voice.

    Listen to what the Spirit has to say.

  9. iLove to eat More Word

    “The next morning a group of Jews got together and bound themselves with an oath not to eat or drink until they had killed Paul. There were more than forty of them in the conspiracy.”
    ‭‭Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭23:12-13‬ ‭NLT‬‬

    I wonder if these great religious and spiritual folks went ahead and ate and drank after they couldn’t catch Paul? Surely how righteous and devout they were means they starved themselves to death right? I doubt that they held up and fulfilled their vow. Judgmental folks find it easy to accuse but hard to fulfill their own commitments.

  10. Some times we get nervous and scared. But when God gives you a promise he will with out a doubt follow through. God told Paul that I said I was gonna send you to Rome. Have you been there yet? Stand on the promises of God.

  11. 12 And when it was day, certain of the Jews banded together, and bound themselves under a curse, saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul.

    13 And they were more than forty which had made this conspiracy.

    14 And they came to the chief priests and elders, and said, We have bound ourselves under a great curse, that we will eat nothing until we have slain Paul.

    The word curse here is anathematizō g0332. ἀναθεματίζω anathematizō; from 331; to declare or vow under penalty of execration: — (bind under a) curse, bind with an oath.
    AV (4) – curse 1, bind under a curse 1, bind with an oath 1, bind under a great curse + g0331 1;
    to devote to destructionto declare one’s self liable to the severest divine penalties

    This word is only found in four verses in the bible. 3 verses in this chapter as the word curse, bound, and oath. The only other verse we can find this word is when Peter cursing and swearing that he did not know who Jesus was in mark 14:71.

    These men were willing to subject themselves to “the severest divine penalties” if they failed at killing Paul. It’s interesting that they were willing to break a commandment (thou shalt not kill) to appease their consciences and try to get life back to normal. Maybe even in an effort to stand up for their beliefs. It’s sad they were so focused on tradition that they missed the truth. And along with that the mercy and grace of God. They were willing to subject themselves to Gods wrath if they failed at killing the man of God. Their deception was great.

  12. 9 And there arose a great cry: and the scribes that were of the Pharisees’ part arose, and strove, saying, We find no evil in this man: but if a spirit or an angel hath spoken to him, let us not fight against God.

    Although they were ready to kill him, because God was with him, they spared him and let him live. Although the Jews weren’t so kind, God was with him, that’s the important part. Always keep god by your side.

  13. Clear Conscience

    1 And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.

    What a great testimony Paul had. He had a clear conscious. The amount of peace with that is surreal. May we all achieve to obtain such a testimony.

  14. A WORD FROM THE LORD

    11 And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.

    There is nothing MORE assuring in life than A WORD FROM THE LORD. The IMPACT is strong and the effect is powerful when we are pressed and challenged by the times and season that we live in. Thank you JESUS for the many, comforting seasons of trial and darkness and you were so kind to send me A WORD FROM THE LORD.

    Be encouraged today, in the darkest of nights of our lives we are candidates for A WORD FROM THE LORD. May GOD Bless you and speak clearly to each of us today in JESUS name is my prayer.

    iRepent
    iPraise
    iPray
    iWork
    iGIve
    IReap

  15. 16 And when Paul’s sister’s son heard of their lying in wait, he went and entered into the castle, and told Paul.

    God will always have a messenger of warning for those in trouble if we just be sensitive to hear and then obedient once we hear. God is for us, therefore He is not going to put us in harms way without instruction of how to come out victorious. He never said we wouldn’t have storms and tests, but He has told us through His word that we can be prepared and victorious.

  16. Acts 23: 9 there was a great uproar and some of the teachers of the law who were Pharisees stood up and argued vigorously. We find nothing wrong with this man they said . what if a spirit or an angel has spoken to him? The dispute became so violent that the commander was afraid Paul would be torn to poieces by thgem. He orders the troops to go down and take him away from them by force and bring him into the barracks.

  17. 35) I will hear thee, said he, when thine accusers are also come. And he commanded him to be kept in Herod’s judgment hall.

  18. “But Paul said to him, “God will slap you, you corrupt hypocrite! What kind of judge are you to break the law yourself by ordering me struck like that?” Those standing near Paul said to him, “Do you dare to insult God’s high priest?””
    ‭‭Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭23:3-4‬ ‭NLT‬‬

    Do not talk about the man of God in your life, God placed him in your life for a reason. Everything he does is to only help you out. Next time think before you begin to talk evil of him!!

  19. And there arose a great cry: and the scribes that were of the Pharisees’ part arose, and strove, saying, We find no evil in this man: but if a spirit or an angel hath spoken to him, let us not fight against God.

    Let us not fight against God!

    It is very important for us to seek God and His direction that we will not be found going against His will to fulfill our own agenda.

  20. 4 Those who were standing near Paul said, “How dare you insult God’s high priest!”

    Like in the Thursday service this is MY CHURCH and that is MY MAN OF GOD, and no one will talk against my church! You stand up for your man of God because when he is are anointed you can get a blessing to but when they get talked about in a wrong way it should be like they are defending you to!!! Don’t let them talk bad about your man of God stand up for Your church! 🙂

  21. 35 I will hear thee, said he, when thine accusers are also come. And he commanded him to be kept in Herod’s judgment hall.

    Looking into this it shows how God shows himself in different situations so we can show who he is. To those we know and even to those we don’t know.

  22. 5 Then said Paul, I wist not, brethren, that he was the high priest: for it is written, Thou shalt not speak evil of the ruler of thy people.

    Amen never speak evil of the man of God! God has placed them there to be our Shepard and guidance and break us when we are wrong. A Shepard takes care of his sheep to guide them where there suppose to be going. Very blessed to have a Pastor that truly loves and cares for his sheep and for the rest of the souls that are yet to come 🙂 I have never had a true man of God rover my life and now that I have it I will not let go of it. He is the person that is allowed to break us and lead us to the right path. Being under the submission and authority of your leader is a blessing that can only been given from God. Always follow and obey the man of God! Thank you Jesus for the man of God you have played in my life !!!!!

  23. 4 Those standing near Paul said to him, “Do you dare to insult God’s high priest?” NLT

    When you disrespect the man of God you disrespect God at the same time!! You wouldn’t like it if someone talked about you behind your back so why would you do it to your man of God, He’s just here to help you through the ruff times and when you talk bad about him behind his back your pushing yourself away from God!!

  24. 29 Whom I perceived to be accused of questions of their law, but to have nothing laid to his charge worthy of death or of bonds.

    30 And when it was told me how that the Jews laid wait for the man, I sent straightway to thee, and gave commandment to his accusers also to say before thee what they had against him. Farewell.

  25. Acts 22:30
    “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.
    Acts 23:1
    “And Paul earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.”

    Conscience means a knowledge or feeling of right or wrong, with a compulsion to do right.

    Even thou Paul was being falsely accused of the Jews, he could stand before the council with a good “clean” conscience because he lived right before God. He had integrity. He had a testimony.
    It’s also important for us to have a good “clean” conscience and live right before God. It’s important for us to have integrity. It’s important for us to keep our Testimony.

    1 Peter 3:14-16 says…
    14, But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;
    15, But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
    16, Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.

  26. Acts 23:16
    Now the son of Paul’s sister heard of their ambush, so he went and entered the barracks and told Paul.

    This is more evidence that when your are doing God’s will, no matter how many times the devil tries to destroy you, God will always put someone to look out for you.

  27. Wisdom.

    6 But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question.

    Paul used wisdom to create a division between the Sadducees and Pharisees. Sadducees were generally the upper class. They were considered wealthy and generally held positions of power. Pharisees were generally middle class and business people. The Pharisees were generally held in higher esteem due to their relationship with the local people. Understanding the differences between these two demographics allowed Paul to distract their focus from him so they started arguing with themselves.

  28. 1 And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.

    That is goal I want to have as well with Paul, to say that I have lived in all good conscience before God

  29. 12. And when it was day, certain of the Jews banded together, and bound themselves under a curse, saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul.

    13. And they were more than forty which had made this conspiracy.

    14. And they came to the chief priests and elders, and said, We have bound ourselves under a great curse, that we will eat nothing until we have slain Paul.

    Be careful who you conspire with and what you vow or bind yourself to; God may just call your bluff to see how committed and sincere you really are.

  30. ood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.

    We are never alone… That’s one of the greatest lies that the devil wants you to believe. That you are alone, like you are the last prophet hiding in a cave. The Lord will not leave us. He promised to be with us to the end. The Lord will remind us through His word and many ways that He is with us.

  31. 1 And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.

    2 And the high priest Ananias commanded them that stood by him to smite him on the mouth.

    Sometimes we feel like we get slapped in the face speaking the truth. When we try to witness to our families and friends sometimes it works and other times we are slapped. Paul and the other apostles were continually being persecuted for what they preached and believed in but they kept on going. It is time to stand in the face of adversity and keep moving toward the goal. If we want the results that the apostles had we have to have the guts that they had.

  32. Acts 23:3 (KJV Strong’s)
    3 Then said Paul unto him, God shall smite thee, thou whited wall: for sittest thou to judge me after the law, and commandest me to be smitten contrary to the law?

    Disapproval of another’s actions is never justification to break the law ourselves. God will judge us for our own actions. If another does wrong we do not then have a free pass to do wrong because we were wronged.

    Our character is still as important when others’ fail. The real and the fake are revealed in the fire. This is where the stubble and hay burn but the everlasting elements persevere.

    1 Corinthians 3:13 (KJV Strong’s)
    13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.

  33. “Paul acted surprised. “How was I to know he was Chief Priest? He doesn’t act like a Chief Priest. You’re right, the Scripture does say, ‘Don’t speak abusively to a ruler of the people.’ Sorry.””
    ‭‭Acts‬ ‭23:5‬ ‭MSG‬‬

    If the people in “titled” positions don’t act like they’re supposed to, take it with a grain of salt and pray for that person. Paul reacted and in turn apologized, whether he was right or wrong. It’s better to make amends with people than to stand firm in your own pride.

  34. “Then said Paul, I wist not, brethren, that he was the high priest: for it is written, Thou shalt not speak evil of the ruler of thy people”. The one that held the title (high priest) was not acting accordingly, whereas Paul the chosen man of God (Jesus) as we read in verse 11 was. One should not be concerned with whom this world chooses, however one should be very mindful of whom the Judge (Jesus) chooses. One should thank God for a man of God that has been chosen by God, and one should stay away of the man of God doubters. Dear God, let me clearly hear and see truth; “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done”. “In God we trust”. What a mighty God we serve! Thank God for his word. God bless America, Jerusalem, and you all in Jesus name, Amen!

  35. “This divided the council—the Pharisees against the Sadducees— for the Sadducees say there is no resurrection or angels or spirits, but the Pharisees believe in all of these. So there was a great uproar. Some of the teachers of religious law who were Pharisees jumped up and began to argue forcefully. “We see nothing wrong with him,” they shouted. “Perhaps a spirit or an angel spoke to him.””
    Acts of the Apostles 23:7-9 NLT

    A house divided cannot stand. And there’s power in unity. My prayer is that POFW would be more unified.

  36. “And when it was day, certain of the Jews banded together, and bound themselves under a curse, saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul. And they were more than forty which had made this conspiracy. And they came to the chief priests and elders, and said, We have bound ourselves under a great curse, that we will eat nothing until we have slain Paul. Now therefore ye with the council signify to the chief captain that he bring him down unto you to morrow, as though ye would enquire something more perfectly concerning him: and we, or ever he come near, are ready to kill him.”
    ‭‭Acts‬ ‭23:12-15‬ ‭KJV‬‬

    It’s funny how these men wanted to not eat until Paul was dead but then they said bring him tomorrow. That means they really didn’t want to be hungry because they were trying to control when Paul moved so they could kill him.

  37. Sepulchres Or Temples

    3 Then said Paul unto him, God shall smite thee, thou whited wall: for sittest thou to judge me after the law, and commandest me to be smitten contrary to the law?

    4 And they that stood by said, Revilest thou God’s high priest?

    5 Then said Paul, I wist not, brethren, that he was the high priest: for it is written, Thou shalt not speak evil of the ruler of thy people.

    Matthew 23:27
    Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.

    When we lead in the Kingsom, we carry a burden to not simply show an outer form a godliness but to hold an inner integrity of God’s nature and Spirit. A sepulchre is a small monument errected in honor to memorialize whomever is buried inside. Our lives should not be simply a pretty monument to Christ, appearing beautiful outside but full of death and rot within; we are “lively stones,” not a sepulchre for our flesh to reside in but a temple as a dwelling place for the Lord. The true beauty comes from what is within, and no matter how we try to dress it up the outside, the inside will reveal who owns the house.

    1 Peter 2:5
    Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

  38. You better be believe that Paul had his share of trouble, how would you like to have an army making a vow not to eat until you were killed. But, being knowledgeable about his citizenship and the law of the land. Paul prolonged his life, and was placed in protective custody and escorted around with armed guards. This was an outstanding way to continue sharing the gospel. “Using Wisdom”…………

  39. The Lord said “Be of good cheer, Paul”
    No matter the trials, persecutions, or judgements we face from this world, the Lord will always stand beside us.

  40. 11 That night the Lord appeared to Paul and said, “Be encouraged, Paul. Just as you have been a witness to me here in Jerusalem, you must preach the Good News in Rome as well.”

    Be encouraged, there is still work to do!

  41. 6 But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question.

    Using discernment, Paul was able to start a discussion that would take time to sort out. Thank God for the gifts of wisdom & knowledge!

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