Acts 26. Such a worthy read!
If you are short on time at this page opening let us concentrate on just this portion.
A little background, Paul is in Rome, in chains, and appearing before King Agrippa, Bernice (said to be Agrippa’s sister/lover) and Fetus the Governor. Paul is giving testimony as to his conversion.
Acts 26: 15 “Then I said, ‘Who are you, Lord?’
“And the Lord said, ‘I am Yeshua—whom you are persecuting. 16 But get up, and stand on your feet. For I have appeared to you for this purpose—to appoint you as a servant and witness to the things you have seen as well as to the things I will yet reveal to you. 17 I will rescue you from your own people, and from the Gentiles to whom I am sending you, 18 to open their eyes—so they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of satan to God, that they may receive release from sins as well as a place among those who are made holy through trusting in Me.’
19 “Therefore, O King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision. 20 Rather, I kept declaring—first to those in Damascus, and then Jerusalem and throughout all the region of Judea, and also the Gentiles—that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds consistent with that repentance. source
Verse 18 in particular. What do you see in this one verse packed with so much Gospel?
Selah ~ ~ ~
Peter. What a preacher! We can not accuse him of PC. I am so glad. I hope someday to outgrow that stuff myself!
As we open Acts 3 Peter and John were approaching the Temple for prayer. It was that time of the day. Scheduled prayer. It’s an okay thing to schedule! Before they could get inside a man lame from birth asked for a donation to his cause of survival. They gave him better than money. They gave him his own two legs! We as a society could learn so much here!
Along about verse 12 Peter begins an impromptu sermon. I love it! He pulled no punches. He said to them: 15 You killed the Author of life—the One God raised from the dead! We are witnesses of it. How’s that for blunt? And yet with all his bluntness, the man is full of compassion and passion and mercy. Look what he said next.
17 “Now brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, just as your leaders did. He continued to explain the reason for their ignorance. And it is their reason for ignorance that is our reason for ignorance. Two thousand years, give or take, and mankind has not changed. Why were they ignorant? Why are we ignorant?
Simple. They ignored the Prophets. They did not read their Scrolls and even what they did read they disbelieved. Are we getting the picture? Smacks pretty hard!
Peter had really good news for them. There is really good news for us too! We can repent! And our sin of failure to read and obey will be blotted out! Along with the rest of our sins. How good is that?!!
19 Repent, therefore, and return—so your sins might be blotted out, 20 so times of relief might come from the presence of Adonai and He might send Yeshua, the Messiah appointed for you. source
Acts 3. Wow! It’s good!