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Acts 26, 19   2 comments

Acts 26

Above:  Part of the Original Text

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“Where there is no vision the people perish.”–Prov. 29, 18.  Paul’s vision changed his whole life and subsequent history.  In the light of it he walked and labored ever afterward.  It was a vision:

(1)  Of the nature of Jesus Christ as being the opposite of what Saul thought of him.  Divine and the Saviour of men.  How far-reaching is this truth.

(2)  Of his own sinful course.  Given a holy God, sin is very grievous.  “Against thee…have I sinned.”

(3)  Of God’s call to high and noble endeavor–to rise above the base things of the world and to render helpful service in Jesus’ name.


Saul responded, obeyed God’s call, walked in the light given and climbed to high & holy living.  “His grace was not bestowed on me in vain.”  “I made most of it, used it and labored more abundantly than they all.”


Whatever gleams of light & truth you have, grasp it eagerly, make the most of it.  Thereby life will be one of constant progress.


Acts of the Apostles   1 comment

Acts of the Apostles

Above:  The Book Heading from The New Revised Standard Version:  Catholic Edition (1993)


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The Heavenly Vision   2 comments


Above:  The Conversion of Saint Paul, by Caravaggio


Acts 26, 19

1.  Paul’s vision revealed to him

(a)  God’s holiness,

(b)  his own sinfulness in His light, and

(c)  God’s demand for obedience as the course of righteousness.

2.  His works imply the possibility of disobedience.  He could have resisted, but he obeyed willingly.  Yet he was “chosen” (ch. 9, 15) and was “constrained” (2 Cor. 5, 14).  Men are not obliged to obey.  “Ye do always resist.”  Hence ours the greater sin, because [we are] responsible for our own fate.

Yet none dare disobey, at the peril of his soul.

3.  His commands are not grievous; He enjoins only what is actually good for us.  He seeks to do us great good and that only.  His commands are Signboards to and along the only road to life eternal.  Will you obey?

4.  When we yield to Him as did Paul, light, joy and life quicken and thrill the soul.  The whole man is revolutionized.  Man becoming a new creature, Saul now becomes Paul.  Will you not obey and live?


The Folly of Resisting God   1 comment


Above:  The Conversion of St. Paul, by Caravaggio


Acts 26, 14

1.  Paul resisted the promptings, misgivings and warnings and grace.

(a)  Gamaliel’s counsel (ch. 5, 34-39)

(b)  Angel face of Stephen (ch. 6, 15), his dying prayer.  Paul tried to crush them out of his heart.

2.  We have warnings.  Many times better impulses & a pause of insecurity are experienced.  The Spirit tells us to repent.  Many tremble under it.  But like Paul, many resist it all and crush out these impressions.

3.  But that is to fight against God.  It is hard, useless to resist Him.  Such as one’s fate is inevitable.  Judgement will overtake him.  The outlaw is sure to fall after a while at most.  None have a plausible reason to rebel.  Why should the ox kick the goads?  Why resist one’s only hope?  Did it pay the Jews or Nineveh?

4.  Paul surrendered at once.  Seeing his error he at once abandoned it; tried not to excuse his way.  It is hazardous, foolhardy, to go against one’s knowledge of right.  Confess your sin and seek his mercy now!