Confess Jesus as Lord
Acts 28:11-31: Today’s reading is the last section of the book of Acts. Paul arrives in Rome, where he lives under house arrest. Paul calls the chief Jews together, and shares the faith of Christ. Some believe, and others do not; and Paul informs them that, because of their unbelief and disobedience, the salvation of God is sent to the Gentiles. Paul stays two years in his own rented house, preaching the Kingdom of God.
Today's Scripture: Acts 28:31
[Paul] preached about the Kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ, speaking with all boldness and freedom.
11 After three months we sailed away on a ship from Alexandria, called “The Twin Gods,” which had spent the winter in the island. 12 We arrived in the city of Syracuse and stayed there for three days. 13 From there we sailed on and arrived in the city of Rhegium. The next day a wind began to blow from the south, and in two days we came to the town of Puteoli. 14 We found some believers there who asked us to stay with them a week. And so we came to Rome. 15 The believers in Rome heard about us and came as far as the towns of Market of Appius and Three Inns to meet us. When Paul saw them, he thanked God and was greatly encouraged. 16 When we arrived in Rome, Paul was allowed to live by himself with a soldier guarding him. 17 After three days Paul called the local Jewish leaders to a meeting. When they had gathered, he said to them, “My fellow Israelites, even though I did nothing against our people or the customs that we received from our ancestors, I was made a prisoner in Jerusalem and handed over to the Romans. 18 After questioning me, the Romans wanted to release me, because they found that I had done nothing for which I deserved to die. 19 But when the Jews opposed this, I was forced to appeal to the Emperor, even though I had no accusation to make against my own people. 20 That is why I asked to see you and talk with you. As a matter of fact, I am bound in chains like this for the sake of him for whom the people of Israel hope. ” 21 They said to him, “We have not received any letters from Judea about you, nor have any of our people come from there with any news or anything bad to say about you. 22 But we would like to hear your ideas, because we know that everywhere people speak against this party to which you belong. ” 23 So they set a date with Paul, and a large number of them came that day to the place where Paul was staying. From morning till night he explained to them his message about the Kingdom of God, and he tried to convince them about Jesus by quoting from the Law of Moses and the writings of the prophets. 24 Some of them were convinced by his words, but others would not believe. 25 So they left, disagreeing among themselves, after Paul had said this one thing: “How well the Holy Spirit spoke through the prophet Isaiah to your ancestors! 26 For he said, ‘Go and say to this people: You will listen and listen, but not understand; you will look and look, but not see, 27 because this people's minds are dull, and they have stopped up their ears and closed their eyes. Otherwise, their eyes would see, their ears would hear, their minds would understand, and they would turn to me, says God, and I would heal them.’” 28 And Paul concluded: “You are to know, then, that God's message of salvation has been sent to the Gentiles. They will listen!” 30 For two years Paul lived in a place he rented for himself, and there he welcomed all who came to see him. 31 He preached about the Kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ, speaking with all boldness and freedom.
What was Paul’s life like in Rome? Name people in today’s world who are able to offer hope and encouragement to others, even though they are in difficult situations like prison, suffering from illness or persecution. How do these people inspire you?
Sovereign God, thank you for the apostle Paul’s ministry. May his courage, faith and witness inspire your followers today, that we may live and serve in the strength of your Spirit. Amen.
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