Acts 26: Agents of Eternal Change

This entry is part 107 of 161 in the series 365 Key Chapters of the Bible

How can we be agents for eternal change in the lives of those around us?

Paul sought to do this by witnessing to the truth of Jesus’ resurrection in front of Festus and Agrippa. Instead of merely defending his innocence against the Jews’ accusations, Paul preached the gospel. He sought to be faithful with the opportunities God gave him.

The Defense before Agrippa

King Agrippa was familiar with the law of the Jews, and Paul took advantage of this in his defense of the gospel of Jesus Christ. As he had previously done, Paul mentioned that he was on trial because of the hope of the resurrection (see Acts 23:6; Acts 26:6–8). He knew that there was more to his imprisonment and defense than mere politics—God had a purpose in it, and part of that purpose was to preach the gospel in front of kings and influential rulers.

In order to appeal to Agrippa, Paul recounted the story of his conversion. His extraordinary story demonstrated his transition from obedience to the religious law to a true relationship with God—a transition from death to life, from alienation to intimacy with God.

Paul ended his appeal by mentioning how God called him to preach to the Gentiles—including Agrippa. He sought to bring Agrippa to faith in Jesus, not mere belief in the Law and the Prophets.

Faithfulness in Our Sphere of Influence

It doesn’t matter how small our sphere of influence is—although other people were around him, in this moment of his defense Paul’s sphere of influence was limited to two men, Agrippa and Festus.  But it does matter how we respond when God gives us opportunities to witness about Him. He calls us to love, serve, and pray for the people around us, whether many or few.

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