ALMOST THOU PERSUADEST ME
There is a multitude of people that think they are okay with God. Many have no idea how far from God they are. They may even be religious, going to Church and singing the hymns, but they are far from God with their words and actions.
The Apostle Paul had been such a person. He had a form of godliness, but denied the power thereof. He did not want to believe that Jesus was the Messiah. He had a determination to “wipe out” all of those that believed in Jesus. It gave him pleasure to go into an area and bring death and destruction to believers. He was going to “get rid” of them.
Then one day he had a sudden change of belief. On his way to Damascus to do more destruction, he met Jesus Christ face to face. Jesus spoke to him and said “Saul, Saul, why persecutest me?” (Acts 9:4) It wasn’t the people that Paul was persecuting. It was Jesus. You see, when you become a believer, Christ lives in you. So, when Saul (later became Paul) persecuted the Christians, he was persecuting the Christ in them.
When Paul was converted everything changed. The hatred he once had now turned to love. The fervor against the Christians became a passion to preach the truth of the gospel. He was willing to die for what he believed in. He was put in places of great danger, and harm. He was stoned, he was chased out of cities. He, having been once the persecutor, had now become the persecuted.
Paul found himself under house arrest awaiting trial. One day he came before Festus the governor of Judea, and the King named Agrippa who were in league with the Jewish leaders. Paul was on trial, and he shared his life story with them, and witnessed the saving power of Jesus Christ to them. In Acts 26:19-20 he shares “Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision: But showed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.” After sharing, Festus said “…Paul, thou art beside thyself: much learning doth make thee mad.” (Acts 26:24) Paul once again tries to persuade them of the truth, but the response from the King is one of the saddest verses in the bible. In Acts 26: 28 he responds with “Then Agrippa said unto Paul, almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.”
King Agrippa heard the truth, but did not receive salvation. Many are just like him, they have heard the truth, but they have not repented. Many go part way, but not all the way. They have never been persuaded that Jesus is the only way. They were almost persuaded, but did not receive. I pray that anyone reading this that has only gone part way, but not all the way will repent and do so now, and receive eternal life. I am positive that King Agrippa regrets those words he spoke; for now being in hell without Christ he will hear Paul’s sermon over and over.
This is an excerpt from our 3-8-2020 Daily Inspirational Newsletter. To read the neewsletter in its entirety, please click here