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Paul, after two years captivity in Caesarea is tried before a new governor of Judea, and offered a 'retrial' in Jerusalem. What will he decide? Here is how he discerned God's guidance. Here also is the relentless hostility of unbelief against him, and its equivalent today.
The good Samaritan is perhaps the best known and least understood parable of Christ. It has an ethical message plus a parallel message which became obvious once Christ was crucified. He was the 'Samaritan' who tends those dying eternally from the wounds of sin.
Paul's trial in Caesarea shows the hostility of the human heart to the Gospel, the apostle's unchanging priority as he turns his defence into a witness, the impact of God's Word on Governor Felix, and his rejection of amazing mercy. Here are the lessons.
The authentic call of God when a 'voice from behind us' breaks through the turmoil of life summoning us to consider our Maker. The call is about reconciliation with God, about forgiveness and how Christ has secured it, about receiving new life. Will we respond to Him?
The dramatic record of how God brought the apostle through murderous mobs and organised assassination, to take him under Roman escort on the first step to the capital of the empire, where as 'ambassador in bonds', he would gather many souls.
Here is how Paul the Apostle evaluated himself before his conversion, his worth as a person and his prospects, and how he came to see his worthlessness, and the overwhelming superiority of knowing Christ, and His transforming power and love.