There will be times in our call to witness of the resurrection power of Jesus, when opposition seems greater. After all, the message proclaims that He “is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through Him” (Hebrews 7:25). But Paul was on trial “with respect to the hope and the resurrection of the dead” (Acts 23:6) which he unashamedly proclaimed to the Jews in Jerusalem. In such circumstances “The following night the Lord stood by him and said, “Take courage, for as you have testified to the facts about me in Jerusalem, so you must testify also in Rome”” (Acts 23:11). WOW, what encouragement directly from the Lord!
As we continue through this study of Acts, look for the key principles that help maintain our vision and focus on our calling in spite of the prevailing winds of persecution. This is needed more and more as the days become darker and more difficult.
Acts 23:12-22. A _____ against Paul to kill him is uncovered, but God uses the authority He gave to government to ensure Paul’s safety and take the next step toward “testifying also in Rome”.
Acts 23:23-35. Paul is taken to Caesarea where Paul will have another opportunity to testify of the hope he has in Christ and the resurrection.
We never know exactly what opportunities God has already planned in the future. The attitude of Paul is summarized in his statements to Timothy, “share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus” and “preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.” (2 Timothy 2:3; 4:2). What is your attitude toward your calling from God?
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