Once again, Paul has a chance to give his testimony. He is respectful. He boldly states “it is because of my hope in what God has promised our fathers that I am on trial today.” v.6
God promised the Israelites blessings.
Genesis 12:3 -I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you
God promised the Israelites redemption. – A savior messiah who would be the once and forever sacrifice for sin.
Deuteronomy 18:15 – The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him.
Romans 3:23-25 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished.”
Psalm 16:10 – Because of this, all men have the hope of eternal life.
Titus 2:14- who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
Paul stayed focused. And so must we.
God promised the Israelites land.
Deuteronomy 34:4 – the Lord said to him, “This is the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob when I said, ‘I will give it to your descendants.’
Blessings, redemption, eternal inheritance in the kingdom on earth. These promises are ours as well.
Questions for Reflection and Discussion
- Reading Paul’s testimony in Acts 26, what are you most impressed by?
- What promises of God give you great hope?
- How can you share that hope with others?