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I Was Not Disobedient

John Collins02/18/2012According to Acts 25, when Paul was brought before King Agrippa to testify for himself against his accusers, he stood strong and bold. He said that he was happy that he was finally able to answer his accusers in front of one who was an expert in all customs and questions brought forth by the Jews.

Paul raised his hand to testify, and said that he was raised as a Jew from his youth. He was a member of the most straight (legalistic) sect of the religion at the time, living as a Pharisee. He knew the scriptures well, and how the Promise of Israel would come. His accusers were upset because Paul proclaimed that God had the power to raise the dead, and the doctrines of the time did not permit such a belief.

He told how he had in the past did many things contrary to the "name" (or authority) of Jesus of Nazareth. Imprisoning many saints, putting them to death under the authority of the priests, persecuting them, Paul was at one time just like his very accusers.

After Paul was converted in the wilderness, though, he was made a minister and a witness. He made a very good witness, because he knew clearly the things which he had already seen as a legalistic Pharasee, and would be given experiences from God along the way to help him bear witness. With this combination, he would be able to open the eyes of the Gentiles and turn them "from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God." Those that were sanctified by faith would be given their inheritance that was in Jesus Christ.

Paul was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision. He carried out God's perfect plan first unto Damascus, Jerusalem, Judaea, and then to the Gentiles. Because of that, his very life was threatened.

Yet he continued. Every word he spoke was according to the scriptures, he said nothing else. The scriptures told about Christ's suffering, resurrection, and salvation for the Jews and Gentiles.

When he had finished speaking, Festus screamed out to Paul, calling him insane. Festus said that Paul's study and learning had made him crazy.

Paul did not argue, did not attempt to debate. He simply replied that he was not mad; he was speaking the Truth from the scriptures with soberness. In doing so, he almost persuaded King Agrippa to become a Christian.

As Christians, we should ask ourselves: do we accuse those who do not live according to a legalistic doctrine? Do we persecute those who would stand for the Bible over any man, be it sinner, saint, pastor, or prophet?  Do we call some crazy for their stand?  Would we stand up for the Gospel even if it meant that our very lives would be threatened? Have we been disobedient to God's calling for us?