Paul recounts his journey from persecutor to preacher, illustrating just how passionately he was opposed until his encounter with God on the road to Damascus by which he has been obedient ever since.
“So then, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the vision from heaven. First to those in Damascus, then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and then to the Gentiles, I preached that they should repent and turn to God and demonstrate their repentance by their deeds.” v.19-20
Paul asserts that the crux of his message, Christ crucified and resurrected for the salvation of all is in accordance with what Moses and the prophets had foretold.
At this point, Governor Festus tells Paul that his “great learning” has rendered him insane. Paul confidently reasons that even the King is familiar with what he is saying. Paul speaks freely to King Agrippa which prompts him to ask Paul if he expects to convert him to a Christian in such a short time.
Paul replied, “Short time or long—I pray to God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains.” v.29
As the King is leaving, he tells Festus that Paul could have been released if he hadn’t already appealed to Caesar.
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Structure for Evangelism
Paul’s formula to witness is timeless. First, his testimony, his experience with God and how it transformed him; Second, the resurrection of Christ, that he was crucified for our sake and now lives as Lord; and Third, that he was foretold from the creation of the world, promised from God and through his prophets. Also integral to Paul’s message, is repentance. It’s important for people to know that God loves us enough to call us as we are and that to turn to Him, is to turn away from wickedness, and He will enable us to be more like Him.
Despite seemingly unfortunate circumstances, Paul continued to preach the Gospel. Not only did he now have the private ear of a governor, he got a chance to speak to Felix’s wife, he would soon testify of Christ to the King, and eventually, to the emperor.