Saturday, July 7, 2012

A Full Examination

"One Year Bible" New Testament Passage
Acts 25:1-27 26

I have nothing certain to write to my lord concerning him. Therefore I have brought him out before you, and especially before you, King Agrippa, so that after the examination has taken place I may have something to write. 27 For it seems to me unreasonable to send a prisoner and not to specify the charges against him.” Acts 25:26-27 (NKJV)

Paul was on the hot seat. He was in a heap of trouble. The Jewish leadership was calling for his neck. But, by Roman law, they (the Jews) could not enforce a death sentence, so they brought him before the provincial governor and King Agrippa.

Luke, the author of Acts, goes into great detail describing the dialogue in this Roman court. Festus, the new governor, writes Agrippa outlining the plan. They determined to make a full examination of Paul.

Would you be ready for such an examination? They grilled Paul about what he believed, what he taught, and how he lived. In essence, they wanted to determine if Paul was "guilty" of being a disciple of Jesus.

If you were charged in a similar fashion, is there enough evidence against you? How would you give an answer to those who asked you a reason for the hope that is in you? (I Peter 3:15) Whether we know it or not, we are now already on the witness stand. The world is examining you to see if you are the real thing. May we always live as witnesses under full examination.

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