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Acts 22- Paul’s Testimony

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. And I persecuted this way unto the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women. 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. 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. Acts  22:2-6

One of the strongest pieces of evidence for God is our personal testimony. Most of us have a testimony how they came to Christ and he changed their life. Well here in Chapter 22 , Paul is sharing his testimony, how he literally saw the light, had a “come to Jesus” moment, and his life was transformed forever.

One reason Paul was so successful in his evangelism , is his educational background. As Paul shares, he was trained in the Torah by a Rabbi named Gamaliel. Now according  to Jewish historian Josephus, also the Talmud, and the New Testament, Rabbi Gamaliel was well respected among the Jewish community, and he  was the grandson of other famous Jewish Rabbis. Point is Paul was training to be a Pharisee, and was trained by some of the best Rabbis of the time. Because of Pauls extensive knowledge of the Old Testament scriptures, he was able to effectively display how Jesus was the fulfillment of the Messianic prophecies throughout the Bible

And I fell unto the ground, and heard a voice saying unto me, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And I answered, Who art thou, Lord? And he said unto me, I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest. 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. 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. Acts 22:7-10

When we have a “Come to Jesus” moment, our lives are never the same. We can’t encounter Christ and not be changed, our soul has longed for reconciliation with God, and only Jesus can provide this. Notice Pauls response “Lord what shall I do”? Are we asking Jesus, how can I serve you? What can I do for your Kingdom? 

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. And one Ananias, a devout man according to the law, having a good report of all the Jews which dwelt there, Came unto me, and stood, and said unto me, Brother Saul, receive thy sight. And the same hour I looked up upon him. 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. Acts 22:11-14

Before Paul could be restored , he first needed to be broken! Many of us also need to be broken before we can be fixed by Jesus. Paul was blinded by The Light, and then the scales fell off his eyes and now he can see through the eyes of God. This is the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Paul had the head knowledge about God, but he didn’t have the Holy Spirit. Now he’s become Born Again and become a new creation for Christ!

For thou shalt be his witness unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard. And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord. Acts 22:15-16

One of the great evidences of Christ’s resurrection is the testimony of Paul’s life. A devout Pharisee , saw the Risen Jesus on the road to Damascus and was transformed forever, taking the gospel to the unclean Gentiles. Only the power of the Holy Spirit can transform a life like this!

As Jesus said to Paul “Arise , be baptized and wash away your sins in the name of The Father, Son , and Holy Spirit” Amen!

Acts 21- The Gospel Rejected

And when the seven days were almost ended, the Jews which were of Asia, when they saw him in the temple, stirred up all the people, and laid hands on him, Crying out, Men of Israel, help: This is the man, that teacheth all men every where against the people, and the law, and this place: and further brought Greeks also into the temple, and hath polluted this holy place. (For they had seen before with him in the city Trophimus an Ephesian, whom they supposed that Paul had brought into the temple.) And all the city was moved, and the people ran together: and they took Paul, and drew him out of the temple: and forthwith the doors were shut. Acts 21:27-30

As was prophesied earlier in the book of Acts by the Holy Spirit, Paul was going to be persecuted when he came to Jerusalem. Now as we see , over and over again, the Jews are persecuting Paul and rejecting Christ, because they don’t understand the gospel. They keep accusing Paul of blaspheming The Torah, but they don’t understand it was Moses himself who prophesied about Jesus coming

The orthodox Jews clearly didn’t understand the prophecies of the New Covenant foretold by Moses, Jeremiah, and Isaiah. So because of their lack of understanding , they rejected Christ and tried to kill off the Christians including Paul. If only they allowed the Holy Spirit to reveal who Jesus truly is, but they hardened their hearts!

And as they went about to kill him, tidings came unto the chief captain of the band, that all Jerusalem was in an uproar. Who immediately took soldiers and centurions, and ran down unto them: and when they saw the chief captain and the soldiers, they left beating of Paul. Then the chief captain came near, and took him, and commanded him to be bound with two chains; and demanded who he was, and what he had done. Acts 21:31-33

Jerusalem was in total chaos because of the gospel of Christ, this is the reaction you will get when the light is shed into the darkness. The Jews were about to kill Paul, but once Rome heard of the chaos, they came to restore order. Paul was now bound in chains, just as prophesied by the Holy Spirit in the earlier chapter

And some cried one thing, some another, among the multitude: and when he could not know the certainty for the tumult, he commanded him to be carried into the castle. And when he came upon the stairs, so it was, that he was borne of the soldiers for the violence of the people. For the multitude of the people followed after, crying, Away with him. Acts 21:34-36

This scene reminds you of when Jesus was on trial, the Jews were crying out to have Paul killed off, because they rejected the gospel. But Paul knew this going to Jerusalem , he was prepared to lay down his life for Christ, in fact he considered a great honor to die for The Lord

It’s interesting to think about , the Orthodox Jews were zealous for God, yet their actions were in opposition to God. Are you like Paul, ready to be in Chains for The Lord? Are you ready to lay down your life for Christ, if its your time? Press on to our higher calling Amen!

Acts 13- The Gospel of Christ

Men and brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and whosoever among you feareth God, to you is the word of this salvation sent. For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him not, nor yet the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath day, they have fulfilled them in condemning him. And though they found no cause of death in him, yet desired they Pilate that he should be slain. Acts 13:26-28

While Paul and some other Christians were visiting a synagogue on a Sabbath, they asked Paul to speak, here Paul lays out how the entire Old Testament lines up with Jesus. He talks about how God choose Israel to be his people, and he talked about how Israel demanded a King be put over them, so God choose David and how Christ is from the line of David

Paul then says this Jesus, who you read about every Sabbath in your Torah, is the one you had crucified! Now imagine the response Paul is going to get from this crowd, he accused of Israel of killing their own Messiah

And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a sepulchre. But God raised him from the dead: And he was seen many days of them which came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are his witnesses unto the people. Acts 13:29-31

Paul then preaches the gospel message, Christ died for our sins, then Christ has risen from the dead. Notice Paul said there were many eye witnesses to the risen Lord. Its important to understand that, the Apostles who made the New Testament , were eyewitnesses to the Risen Jesus

And we declare unto you glad tidings, how that the promise which was made unto the fathers, God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee. And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, he said on this wise, I will give you the sure mercies of David. Acts 13:32-34

“And we declare unto you good news (the gospel” ) Paul was preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ , and then it was backing it up with reference to prophecies in the Old Testament (Psalm 2:7)  God the Father declared he has a Son Jesus Christ and prophesied about the resurrection. The Holy One will never see decay, meaning the Christ will not remain dead but be Risen

Paul is tying together the Old and New Testaments. Paul is demonstrating Jesus is the Messiah (Christ) that has been prophesied about throughout the Old Testament and Jesus Is Risen Amen!

Mark 10- Are You A Good Person?

And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God. Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother. And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth. Mark 10:17-20

Are you a good person? The majority of people would say “Yes” and believe they will enter Heaven because they are a “good person” However Jesus states “Nobody is good but God” , so do you think you’re still a good person? The Bible tells us “We have all have sinned and fallen short of the glory and God” (Romans 3:) We are all sinners, this is why we all need a Savior , Jesus Christ

Notice also Jesus is declaring He is God, nobody is good but God, Jesus is the sinless Lamb of God. If Jesus isn’t God then he can’t be the atonement for your sins, think about that! How does Jesus respond to the man, he lists the Ten Commandments, why? Because the Law of God is a mirror to show how sinful we are!

Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me. And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions. Mark 10: 21-22

Jesus said “Ok you want to be my disciple, sell all your stuff, give it to the poor, and follow Me” Notice the response from the rich young ruler, he was sad and walked away, why? Because he loved his life, he loved his money more than he loved Christ

Jesus said “Deny yourself, carry your cross, and follow him” Are you willing to do that? Are you willing to pay the price of being a Christian? Secondly , nobody is a good person, we are all sinners and have transgressed a Holy God, we can only be justified and forgiven by the blood of Jesus Christ. Nobody goes to Heaven except through Christ! Amen!

Man of Sorrows

For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him Isaiah 53:2

Jesus, the Son of God, sent to Earth born of a virgin, born to be the Son of Man just like us. A carpenter’s son that nobody ever looked at twice, a faithful servant for all mankind.

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Isaiah 53:3

Even though he was the Messiah everyone had waited for, they rejected him because they didn’t want to repent from their sins. Man loved their religion more than they loved God, therefor they decided to murder his only begotten Son who was sent to be there Savior.

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. Isaiah 53:4

Even though Jesus was sinless and holy, he took the suffering for our sins. He took the punishment for our transgressions, and everyone blamed his suffering on himself, but he is The Lamb of God, worthy to be praised.

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. Isaiah 53:5

Every mark, every drop of blood was for you, because of his ultimate sacrifice by His stripes we are healed, we are redeemed, all our chains are broken in Jesus Name Amen

What Is The Gospel?

THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME, BECAUSE HE ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR. HE HAS SENT ME TO PROCLAIM RELEASE TO THE CAPTIVES, AND RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND, TO SET FREE THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSED, TO PROCLAIM THE FAVORABLE YEAR OF THE LORD.” Luke 4:18-19

What is the Gospel? As Christians we are told to preach the gospel, but do you know or can you explain what the “gospel” even is? Jesus explains the gospel clearly right here, he is actually quoting the Prophet Isaiah. The word “gospel” in the Bible simply means “Good News”

The original Greek word for gospel is “Euaggelion” which means “good tidings” “proclamation of grace of God”  “reward for good tidings”

Notice the gospel message Jesus is proclaiming is that he is setting the captives Free!  Who is he setting Free and what is he setting them Free from?

For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. Romans 6:20

The Bible tells us we are all slaves to sin. That’s right unless Jesus has set you free, you are currently a slave to your sin. The Bible also tells us that we are dead in our sins (Ephesians 2:1) This is why we need a Savior, this is the heart of the gospel message. Without Christ there is no hope for your life

So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:36

Jesus Christ has set us free from Sin and Death. Jesus went to the cross to die for your sins, but you must repent of your sin, and receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior. This is the gospel message, Jesus came to set the captives Free, we are the captives without Christ. But with Jesus there is freedom and eternal life! Amen!

True Gospel

I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. Galatians 1:6-7

There is only one true gospel of Jesus and that’s the gospel he delivered to us during his time here on Earth. There are believed to be about 40,000 different Christian denominations in the world today, how can this be when we all follow the same Christ?

This is why studying the Word of God is so important, not just because it gives us wisdom and strength, but it also lets us decipher the false religions from the True Gospel

But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. Galatians 1:8-9

Obviously since there are so many different Christian denominations then there must be many false religions. Many claiming to preach in Jesus name but are actually false prophets.

As God said let them be accursed, which means cursed. Theres a price to pay for preaching false religion and doctrine, as Jesus said what would it profit a man to gain the whole world but lose his soul?

For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. Galatians 1:10

Doesn’t this sum up Christianity today? The “Prosperity Gospel” being preached by millionaire pastors at there mega churches. They preach only what will please the masses but don’t preach the True Gospel. Hell, Sin, Demons, Rapture, and Tribulation. Topics even though there in the Bible you’ll never heard preach at today’s church.

Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Matthew 7:22-23
Just because someone preaches in Jesus name doesn’t mean there preaching True Gospel, Jesus knows the truth because Jesus is the truth. Anyone who thinks that can deceive him with your works on Earth will be sadly mistaken.

Learn your Bible, Pray without ceasing, welcome the Holy Spirit then you will know True Gospel in Jesus Name Amen

New Creatures

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17

When you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior you’re not just a Christian but you are a “New Creature” You have been born again, your old self has passed away and you are reborn.  Make no mistake this process doesn’t happen overnight, it begins a lifelong journey to follow Christ.

(Ephesians 4:24) “And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;”

The transformation of being a “New Creature” is the renewing of your mind. When you live for the world you think worldly things. But when you live for Christ, you think heavenly things.

Your former self has passed away, your are a new person with the Holy Spirit living in you. Evil should now be repulsive and unacceptable to you. For everything we do should be for the Glory of God.

(Colossians 3:10) “And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:”

When you accept Christ in your heart, you are filled with a new spirit. And with that spirit comes great wisdom and knowledge that can only be obtained by Jesus. Lean not on your own understand and trust in the ways of The Lord.

(Romans 12:2) “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

Don’t follow the ways of the world, remember the world is under the influence of Satan. He has deceived everyone. The worlds ways only lead to destruction and death. Renew your mind thru Jesus Christ, carry your cross and follow him.

( John 3:3) ” Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Jesus said we will  not see the Kingdom of God until we a born again, until we become a “New Creature” until we transform our minds and stop conforming to the ways of the world.  I pray we believe this and receive this in Jesus name Amen

Empty Kingdoms

Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Matthew 4:8-9

 

Just like Satan lied to Jesus , he is lying to you on a daily basis. Promising great kingdoms that he will never fulfill. Because Satan doesn’t care about you or your future, he just wants your soul. He will entice you with the temporary pleasures of this world, such as money, lust, drugs, ect. These pleasures of the world will cost you your soul.

What kingdoms are you building today? Are you slaving away at your career, climbing the corporate ladder only to get there and find your life has passed you by? Remember your time on this Earth is limited, money and possessions will fade but your life could be eternal.

(Matthew 16:26)” 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?”

 

What is your soul worth to you? Is there a pleasure worth giving your life for? Make your choices wisely, everything you do in this life has costly consequences. The world will promise you everything but in the end will deliver you nothing, but unfortunately by the time most people figure this out there life has already passed them by.

Remember with God you are a Citizen of Heaven and not of this world. Don’t fall for the traps in this world that will cost you everything. Keep your eyes and mind on above, don’t fall for Satans deceit.

(1 Timothy 6:9) “But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.”

 

Temptation leads to destruction. When we fall for the lies and lust of Satan, we lose our focus on God. We become consumed with ourselves and don’t think about the consequence it has on others. Why are we never satisfied with the gifts God has already blessed us with?

Notice is says it leads to perdition. Perdition is eternal damnation. Is there anything worth selling your soul for? Jesus laid down his life to give you eternal life, are you willing to throw it away for worldly lusts?

(Proverbs 11:28) “He that trusteth in his riches shall fall: but the righteous shall flourish as a branch.”

 

Trust in God and not in money, the problem with wealth is people get a false sense of security. The believe if they obtain enough money they can live a pleasurable life. Live almost like a King, big house, nice car, good food, ect. But money cant save your life. Money cant buy you real love, and Money cant give you inner peace.

Theres only one way you can get all these, and that’s thru Jesus Christ. And he won’t cost you anything but he gave up everything for you. Put your trust in the Lord and not in this world. Because all the wealth and possessions will just leave you with an Empty Kingdom in Jesus Name Amen

Jesus Laid it Down

No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father. John 10:18

 

People who don’t know Jesus will say he was killed by the Romans, or killed by the Jews, but the truth is nobody killed Jesus. He sacrificed himself on the cross to save us from our sins. Do you really think man could kill the Son of God?

Don’t you think if Jesus really wanted to, he could have called on the angels to come save him? Jesus knew he had to be crucified to pay for our sins. There is no greater act of love than what Jesus did for us on the cross.

(Matthew 26:53) “Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?”

 

Jesus clearly states in this scripture he could have called on God and he would send his army of angels to protect him. But Jesus knew this was going to happen. He knew Judas would betray him and knew he had to sacrifice himself for us.

Even though many have and still deny Jesus he was still willing to go ahead and lay down his life. How can you turn your back on him?  He gave us all hope on the cross, why would you deny this?

(Matthew 4:6) “And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in theirhands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.”

 

Satan was testing Jesus, because he knew Jesus was the Son of God and Jesus is in charge of the angels. This is just further proof, even Satan knows the power Jesus had. But yet Jesus always displayed humility because he knew his mission here on Earth.

Why didn’t Jesus destroy Satan at this time? Because the crucifixion was necessary for all of us to be redeemed by the blood of Jesus. Without the crucifixion nobody would be worthy to enter the Kingdom of God, for we all have sinned and fallen short.

(John 10:11) “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.”

 

But the good news is Jesus came to save us, just as the shepherd has found his lost sheep. Jesus has found us, who are willing to listen to him. He did lay down his life for us because he loves us all.

Don’t throw away your life, Jesus has giving you a chance of eternity in the Kingdom of God. This world will pass away but Heaven will stand forever, give your life to the Good Shepherd who has found and saved you in Jesus Name Amen