Acts 25. Forum Discussion

Speak the truth in love

Paul has now been in prison for over 2 years and is being brought before various leaders on charges that he knows he did not commit. In Acts 25:24-27 Festus said, “King Agrippa, and all you gentlemen here present with us, you see this man about whom all the people of the Jews appealed to me, both at Jerusalem and here, loudly declaring that he ought not to live any longer. But I found that he had committed nothing worthy of death; and since he himself appealed to the Emperor, I decided to send him. Yet I have nothing definite about him to write to my lord. Therefore I have brought him before you all and especially before you, King Agrippa, so that after the investigation has taken place, I may have something to write. For it seems absurd to me in sending a prisoner, not to indicate also the charges against him.”

Paul is willing to die if he has done something punishable by death as he says in verses 10-11, “I am standing before Caesar’s tribunal, where I ought to be tried. I have done no wrong to the Jews, as you also very well know. If, then, I am a wrongdoer and have committed anything worthy of death, I do not refuse to die; but if none of those things is true of which these men accuse me, no one can hand me over to them. I appeal to Caesar.”

As we read Acts 25, let us think about what we are to do if the people in power are accusing us of things that we have not done. On the one hand, Romans 13:1-5 tells us to obey the governing authorities:

Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves. For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same; for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil. Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience’ sake.”

However, Acts 5:29 says, “But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.”

Finally, think of Mathew 5:37, Colossians 3:9 and Ephesians 4:25.

Mathew 5:37: “But let your statement be, ‘Yes, yes’ or ‘No, no’; anything beyond these is of evil.”

Colossians 3:9: “Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices.”

Ephesians 4:25: “Therefore, laying aside falsehood, speak truth each one of you with his neighbor, for we are members of one another.”

We can not control what other people say about us. People may spread lies about us for their own personal gain or other selfish motives. All we can do is speak the truth in love and make sure that we are right with God. God will take care of the rest. Amen

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Virtual Bible Study

Why did Festus turn Paul over to the judgement of King Agrippa?

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Virtual Bible Study

To pass the buck. LOL

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