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Monday through Friday with People of Faith: Day 257/260: Paul

Read Acts 24:22-27; 25:18-19; 1 Corinthians 15:12-19

The Importance Of The Resurrection

Paul was arrested and sent to Caesarea to stand trial before Felix. Felix found no reason to punish Paul, but still left him in chains to appease the Jews. Paul had an opportunity to preach to Felix and his wife Drusilla, and he spoke “about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come” (Acts 24:25). Just as Felix refused to make a decision about Paul’s criminal case, he refused to make a decision about his own spiritual condition. For two years Paul was held, though he was innocent of all charges.

Then Festus came to office. The Jews wanted Festus to hear Paul’s case, and the governor was disappointed that the matter was nothing more than a religious dispute “about a certain Jesus, who had died, whom Paul affirmed to be alive” (Acts 25:19). In that statement, perhaps we get a small glimpse of what kept Paul going despite his imprisonment.

Paul’s hope and faith rested in the resurrection. It was evident in his preaching. How often had Paul declared that “God raised (Jesus) from the dead” (Acts 13:30), or “that the Christ had to suffer and rise again from the dead” (Acts 17:3)? He declared that Jesus would judge the world and that God “has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead” (Acts 17:31).

His hope and faith in the resurrection were also evident in Paul’s writing. He wrote, “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9).

The hope of our resurrection rests on the Lord’s resurrection. Study 1 Corinthians 15:12-19, which teaches the futility of faith if the resurrection is not true. Paul declared, “And God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power” (1 Corinthians 6:14).

Have you died to your sins and been buried in baptism? If you have, you can have the hope of eternity with Him because of His resurrection!

The Resurrection: The Basis Of Our Hope & Faith (Acts 25:18-19)

The Resurrection: The Basis Of Our Hope & Faith (Acts 25:18-19)

Acts 25:18-19

I. The context

    A. Two years a prisoner (Acts 24:27)
    B. The dispute over their religion (Acts 25:18-19)

II. Paul’s hope and faith rested in the resurrection

    A. His preaching (Acts 13:26-30, 48; 17:2-4, 18, 30-31, 34; 24:15, 25)
    B. His writing (1 Thessalonians 1:9-10; Romans 1:4; 4:23-25; 10:9; 1 Corinthians 15:12-19)

III. Our hope and faith rests in the resurrection

    A. Despite physical, emotional, spiritual struggles
    B. “When you are face to face with the unknown, rely on that which you do know” (1 John 5:4, 13, 14-15, 18-20; Romans 8:28; 1 Peter 1:3-5; 1 Corinthians 6:14; 15:51-57)

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Day 49/260: Read Acts 25

No one likes to get into trouble, but the apostle Paul used these situations for the glory of God. Falsely accused by the Jews and knowing that he would not receive fair treatment in Jerusalem, the apostle appealed to Caesar.

Paul was going to preach the gospel to the most powerful man in the world. Have you ever thought about how you would handle such a situation?

If you had the opportunity to sit down with the President of the United States, would you share the gospel with him? Would you tell him what Jesus accomplished on the cross, and the power He wielded over the grave? Or would you focus more on the President’s own accomplishments and power? As impressive as his life might be, the President’s power pales in comparison to the Christ’s.

Paul did not waste any opportunity to tell others about the Savior, regardless of how powerful those others thought they were. He knew that true power rests in the gospel.

Memory (Fill in the blanks)

Acts 22:16. And now why are you waiting? _______________ and be baptized, and _______________ away your sins, calling on the _______________ of the Lord.

Pray

Pray for those with whom you have shared the gospel message. Pray that they will recognize Christ’s strength and their own weakness, and that they will see their need for the cleansing power of Jesus’ blood.