Acts 26:12–23 (NKJV)
12 “While thus occupied, as I journeyed to Damascus with authority and commission from the chief priests, 13 at midday, O king, along the road I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, shining around me and those who journeyed with me. 14 And when we all had fallen to the ground, I heard a voice speaking to me and saying in the Hebrew language, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’ 15 So I said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And He said, ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. 16 But rise and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness both of the things which you have seen and of the things which I will yet reveal to you. 17 I will deliver you from the Jewish people, as well as from the Gentiles, to whom I now send you, 18 to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.’Acts 26:12-18
Paul continued his defense, if you will, before King Agrippa with a recounting of his zealous work as a Jew to persecute the Christians he encountered. He recounted the story of his conversion to Christ and his Road to Damascus experience, and how God told him that he would preach to the Jews and the Gentiles in order to open their eyes to the truth of salvation through Jesus Christ.
19 “Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, 20 but declared first to those in Damascus and in Jerusalem, and throughout all the region of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent, turn to God, and do works befitting repentance. 21 For these reasons the Jews seized me in the temple and tried to kill me. 22 Therefore, having obtained help from God, to this day I stand, witnessing both to small and great, saying no other things than those which the prophets and Moses said would come—23 that the Christ would suffer, that He would be the first to rise from the dead, and would proclaim light to the Jewish people and to the Gentiles.”Acts 26:19-23
Paul then spoke of his work since that conversion experience, outlining his activities. He obeyed God, and preached throughout many regions, facing some opposition but much success. He was then attacked when returning to Jerusalem, and now stands before King Agrippa, still planning and hoping to witness to many, Jew and Gentile, of the saving grace of Jesus Christ. He is the Light. Paul proudly and boldly is even witnessing of this truth to Agrippa, although in the form of a testimony in a court. of sorts. Paul never missed an opportunity to speak of Christ and witness to lost and dying people. He was a consummate minister and witness for the rest of his life.
I hope and pray to be that kind of witness every day, and encourage each Christian to find those glorious opportunities to tell of the wonderful works of Jesus. He is the best news we can proclaim. In a world inundated with news and information, we need to declare Christ from the housetops and declare His grace and His coming in these last days. He is the message. Ours is the testimony. If Paul’s testimony came in the midst of a trial to determine his life or death, then our testimony should ring out wherever we go as well!
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