Acts 26 Outline
– Agrippa gave permission for Paul to start his defense speech (Acts 26:1)
– Paul started his defense speech by telling them how he came to believe in Jesus and the mission God gave him (Acts 26:2-23)
– Agrippa said Paul has become insane by his great learning (Acts 26:24)
– Paul tried to persuade Agrippa to become a Christian (Acts 26:25-29)
– Agrippa and Bernice and others left and they said Paul does not deserve any punishment because he did not commit any offense (Acts 26:30-31)
– Paul could have been set free if he did not made the appeal to stand trial before Emperor Caesar (Acts 26:32)
Acts 26 Summary
When Agrippa was in court, he gave permission for Paul to speak for himself. Paul started to recount the experience how he came to believe in Jesus Christ on the road to Damascus. A bright light shone at Paul on the road to Damascus and Paul heard a voice saying, ‘Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.’ (Acts 26:14) Paul used to be a Pharisee, the strictest sect of Judaism. He used to persecute Christians and forced them to blaspheme and persecute them in foreign cities.
The voice replied that he is Jesus, whom Paul is persecuting. Jesus gave Paul a mission to minister to the Jews and Gentiles so that they can come to believe in him and receive the forgiveness of their sins. Paul explained to King Agrippa that it was his hope in the Messiah, which God had promised to the Israelites many years ago, that the Jews are bringing their charges against him.
Then, Agrippa said Paul has become insane through his great learning. Paul replied he is not insane but he is speaking the truth. He said King Agrippa is familiar with these things and that the gospel was preached in the public not done secretly. He then asked King Agrippa if he believes in the prophets. Paul said he knew King Agrippa believed in the prophets. King Agrippa replied Paul should not expect to persuade him into becoming a Christian in such a short time. Paul replied he hope he and all who are present in the audience room can come to become a follower of Jesus Christ, just like him, except for the chains he is in.
After that, Agrippa, Bernice and others sitting with them arose and left the audience room. They said to one another that Paul had not done thing that deserve death or imprisonment. Agrippa told Festus that Paul could have been freed if he did not made his appeal to Emperor Caesar.
Acts 26 Bible Study
1. Don’t limit God’s ability with your thinking
King Agrippa was familiar with the Jewish customs and everything that has to do with the Jews yet he does not believe in Jesus’ resurrection. Nothing is impossible with God and we should not limit him with our thinking. Many Christians often say negative things and say God cannot accomplish it in their lives because they limit God’s ability in their mind. We must always be patient and put our faith in Jesus no matter in what circumstances. God is faithful in keeping his promises (Deuteronomy 7:9; Numbers 23:19). It can take very long for God’s promise to fulfill but God will surely accomplish it one day.
2. Paul was called to be a witness and minister of the gospel
Paul was called to be a witness and minister of the gospel. Even in his imprisonment, he became a witness for Jesus Christ by preaching the gospel to the governors including Felix, Festus, Agrippa and others. Paul used to be a non believer until he was found by Jesus when he encountered him in a vision during his journey to Damascus. Everyone has the responsibility to preach the gospel to the people around them so that they will get to know about Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 9:16).
3. Jesus’ death and resurrection
In his preaching to Agrippa, Paul pointed out about the death of Jesus and his resurrection. Jesus died after he was crucified on the cross. Then, he rose to life again from the dead on the third day. The gospel is for everyone around the world (Mark 16:15). Anyone who confess that Jesus Christ is lord and believe that God raise him from the dead can be saved (Romans 10:9).
4. God works all things for the good of his people
Agrippa told Festus that Paul could have been freed if he did not appeal to Emperor Caesar. It was God’s will and plan that Paul go to Rome to stand trial so that he can testify for Jesus Christ to the people there. In Romans 8:28, God works all things for the good of his people. God can use terrible circumstances to carry out his plan.