After they had gone a long time without food, Paul stood up before them and said: “Men, you should have taken my advice not to sail from Crete; then you would have spared yourselves this damage and loss.
In the midst of a disastrous and dangerous life-threatening situation, Paul stands up as a prisoner and says, “I told you so.” This underscores the boldness of his personality, but also establishes that his advice is often correct, including his persuasiveness regarding following Christ.
Why should any of you consider it incredible that God raises the dead?
True, reasonable, and pointed. It is the same question that all without faith do not accept.
When his accusers got up to speak, they did not charge him with any of the crimes I had expected. Instead, they had some points of dispute with him about their own religion and about a dead man named Jesus who Paul claimed was alive.
Even contemporaries of Jesus refused to believe He had risen from the dead. Paul had everything to lose. The truth is easily spotted in the motive of its holder.
Several days later Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish. He sent for Paul and listened to him as he spoke about faith in Christ Jesus. As Paul talked about righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and said, “That’s enough for now! You may leave. When I find it convenient, I will send for you.”
The world today is at it was then. People know who Jesus is, but only want to accept Him and His ways when it is “convenient.”
The following night the Lord stood near Paul and said, “Take courage! As you have testified about me in Jerusalem, so you must also testify in Rome.”
Take courage, Christian, because today is another day of fighting against the enemy. But the Lord has already won the war.
“‘Lord,’ I replied, ‘these people know that I went from one synagogue to another to imprison and beat those who believe in you. And when the blood of your martyr Stephen was shed, I stood there giving my approval and guarding the clothes of those who were killing him.’ “Then the Lord said to me, ‘Go; I will send you far away to the Gentiles.’ ” The crowd listened to Paul until he said this. Then they raised their voices and shouted, “Rid the earth of him! He’s not fit to live!”
In this world, there will always be people who refuse to listen and believe in Jesus.
Then Paul answered, “Why are you weeping and breaking my heart? I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” When he would not be dissuaded, we gave up and said, “The Lord’s will be done.”
Lord, enable me to be as undaunted as Paul for You.
However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me —the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.
Lord, help me to finish the task You have set before me and help me to finish the race.
But some of them became obstinate; they refused to believe and publicly maligned the Way. So Paul left them. He took the disciples with him and had discussions daily in the lecture hall of Tyrannus. This went on for two years, so that all the Jews and Greeks who lived in the province of Asia heard the word of the Lord.
Investing in people and spreading the Gospel takes time and dedication.
There he met a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had ordered all Jews to leave Rome. Paul went to see them, and because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them. Every Sabbath he reasoned in the synagogue, trying to persuade Jews and Greeks.
Paul, who wrote most of the New Testament, also had a day job. May the Lord use me in my work as He used Paul.