Persuading Others - Acts 28

Persuading Others

Acts 28:1-31

In Acts 28 the apostle Paul finally arrived in Rome, where he was permitted to dwell by himself with a soldier who guarded him.  He actually lived as a prisoner in his own rented house.  This would not appear to be an ideal situation for an effective ministry.  Nevertheless, Paul did persuade others to believe in Christ.  What can we learn from him? 

First, he persuaded others "concerning Jesus."  His message was focused on the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  He wanted others to know who Jesus was, what Jesus did, and how they could be saved through faith in Him.

Second, he persuaded others "from both the Law of Moses and the Prophets."  In other words, Paul showed them the Old Testament Scriptures about Christ.  You'll remember two men met Jesus on the road to Emmaus.  "And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself."  Luke 24:27.  Today we have more than the Old Testament prophetic Scriptures.  We have the New Testament as well.  The whole Bible is about Jesus Christ.  In the volume of the Book it is written of Him.  See Psalm 40:6-8, and Hebrews 10:5-9.

Third, "he explained and solemnly testified of the kingdom of God."  He offered an explanation and testimony.  In Acts 8 we have the account of the Ethiopian eunuch, who didn't understand the meaning of Isaiah 53:7, 8.  Philip the evangelist explained the meaning to him. 

Personal testimony is also important.  The apostle Paul had an amazing, wonderful testimony.  The persecutor of Christians was converted and became a preacher of Christ.  Many believers do not have such a dramatic conversion experience, but Jesus Christ always makes a difference in a person's life.

Fourth, when teaching the things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, he did so "with confidence."  Many people came to that rented house in Rome, including the leaders of the Jews.  Paul "received all who came to him."  He was not intimidated.  Paul wrote, "For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit, and in much assurance...."  1 Thessalonians 1:5.

The apostle Paul did more than preach.  He persuaded others.  At that rented house in Rome, a prisoner awaiting trial clearly presented the glorious truth of the gospel.  "And some were persuaded by the things which were spoken, and some disbelieved." 

 

Lord, thank You for the sure testimony of Your Word.  Lead us in our study of the holy Scriptures.  Give us understanding hearts.  Help us to be persuasive in our witness for You.  In Jesus' name.  Amen!

 
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