We can have a watch or timepiece that doesn’t tell us the accurate time. We need to be able to rely on the messages we receive.
The Message of Paul
Festus interrupts Paul and says that he can’t believe what Paul had said about Jesus’ resurrection. Paul tells Festus these words are sober truth.
John 1:14-18. Jesus is described as being truthful. We are able to trust the message of Jesus.
John 14:6. Jesus describes himself as “the truth” and the way to God.
1Timothy 3:14-16. Paul writes that we may know how to conduct ourselves as the church, an assembly of people. The church is the pillar and the support of the truth. This is our purpose – to lift up and stand firm for the truth of God, as a physical pillar holds up a building. The Bible itself came to us, by God’s will through Christians down through the centuries.
1Tim. 2:3-4. God wants us to come to the knowledge of the truth. This work is a continuation of the work of Christians since the beginning of the church.
The Example Of Paul
Agrippa says that Paul could almost persuade him to be a Christian.
Paul says I wish you could be a Christian, as I am.
1 Corinthians 4:14-17. Paul says that these Christians were like a father teaching his children. Love was the motivator to teach them the truth. He wanted them to imitate him as he did Christ.
1 Corinthians 11:1. Paul was an imitator of Christ and was an example to all Christians.
Phil. 3:17. Observe the examples and patterns set by other Christians.
Phil. 4:9. We are showing the truth of Christ to others.
The Innocence of Paul
Paul was innocent of the charges.
Acts 23:1. Paul says that he always had a clear conscience before God. Do we listen to our conscience?
Acts 24:14-16. Our conscience is what keeps us living right with God.
2 Corinthians 1:12; 2 Timothy 1:3.
Paul looked at his conscience as a guide in living for God. We should keep our conscience in tune with God’s will so that we can use it as our guide.
—Robert Lee, 9-12-04, p.m.