The Book of Acts: Chapter 28 (pt 12 of 15)

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Paul lived there two whole years in his own rented quarters and welcomed all who came to him, proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with complete boldness and without restriction —Acts 28:30-31

I don’t know about you, but I read this realize how gracious and longsuffering our Lord is. Paul announced the sentence of judicial blindness on the people of Israel, and yet for two years he continued to preach the gospel to anyone who came to him—and he did it boldly, which is something he asked the Ephesian believers to pray for him to receive:

With every prayer and petition, pray at all times in the Spirit, and to this end be alert, with all perseverance and requests for all the saints. Pray for me also, that I may be given the message when I begin to speak – that I may confidently make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may be able to speak boldly as I ought to speak —Ephesians 6:18-20

His Lord provided him with a rented quaters that was large for everyone who came to hear the gospel. God provided Paul with the message and with the boldness to proclaim it. It didn’t stop there. God even provided Paul with the protection of Rome to do it all!

Think about it. How would Paul ever have been able to gain an audience with Caesar in Rome? How “free” would Paul have been to preach to the Jews if he had simply been declared innocent and then was released? My sense is that the Jewish opposition would have at least harassed Paul, and most likely would have killed him if they could and the soldier Paul was chained to did not restrict him in any way from preaching the gospel. The really cool thing is that those soldiers Paul was chained to were able to hear the gospel over and over and over and over . . . They even stood close to Paul as he dictated his “Prison Epistles” (Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians—letters I absolutely love to read). Far from hindering Paul, they helped by serving as his personal bodyguards. It is absolutely amazing how our Lord works to accomplish His purposes and promises?

If interested, you can download the entire study of The Story of Acts

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