Acts Chapter 22
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3 I am verily a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, and taught according to the perfect manner of the law of the fathers, and was zealous toward God, as ye all are this day.
5 As also the high priest doth bear me witness, and all the estate of the elders: from whom also I received letters unto the brethren, and went to Damascus, to bring them which were there bound unto Jerusalem, for to be punished.
30 On the morrow, because he would have known the certainty wherefore he was accused of the Jews, he loosed him from his bands, and commanded the chief priests and all their council to appear, and brought Paul down, and set him before them.
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Matthew Henry's Acts Chapter 22 Bible commentary...
Paul's account of his conversion. (1-11) Paul directed to preach to the Gentiles. (12-21) The rage of the Jews Paul pleads that he is a Roman citizen. (22-30)1-11 The apostle addressed the enraged multitude, in the customary style of respect and good-will. Paul relates the history of his early life very particularly; he notices that his conversion was wholly the act of God. Condemned sinners are struck blind by the power of darkness, and it is a lasting blindness, like that of the unbelieving Jews. Convinced sinners are struck blind as Paul was, not by darkness, but by light. They are for a time brought to be at a loss within themselves, but it is in order to their being enlightened. A simple relation of the Lord's dealings with us, in bringing us, from opposing, to profess and promote his gospel, when delivered in a right spirit and manner, will sometimes make more impression that laboured speeches, even though it amounts not to the full proof of the truth, such as was shown in the change wrought in the apostle.
12-21 The apostle goes on to relate how he was confirmed in the change he had made. The Lord having chosen the sinner, that he should know his will, he is humbled, enlightened, and brought to the knowledge of Christ and his blessed gospel. Christ is here called that Just One; for he is Jesus Christ the righteous. Those whom God has chosen to know his will, must look to Jesus, for by him God has made known his good-will to us. The great gospel privilege, sealed to us by baptism, is the pardon of sins. Be baptized, and wash away thy sins; that is, receive the comfort of the pardon of thy sins in and through Jesus Christ, and lay hold on his righteousness for that purpose; and receive power against sin, for the mortifying of thy corruptions. Be baptized, and rest not in the sign, but make sure of the thing signified, the putting away of the filth of sin. The great gospel duty, to which by our baptism we are bound, is, to seek for the pardon of our sins in Christ's name, and in dependence on him and his righteousness. God appoints his labourers their day and their place, and it is fit they should follow his appointment, though it may cross their own will. Providence contrives better for us than we do for ourselves; we must refer ourselves to God's guidance. If Christ send any one, his Spirit shall go along with him, and give him to see the fruit of his labours. But nothing can reconcile man's heart to the gospel, except the special grace of God.
22-30 The Jews listened to Paul's account of his conversion, but the mention of his being sent to the Gentiles, was so contrary to all their national prejudices, that they would hear no more. Their frantic conduct astonished the Roman officer, who supposed that Paul must have committed some great crime. Paul pleaded his privilege as a Roman citizen, by which he was exempted from all trials and punishments which might force him to confess himself guilty. The manner of his speaking plainly shows what holy security and serenity of mind he enjoyed. As Paul was a Jew, in low circumstances, the Roman officer questioned how he obtained so valuable a distinction; but the apostle told him he was free born. Let us value that freedom to which all the children of God are born; which no sum of money, however large, can purchase for those who remain unregenerate. This at once put a stop to his trouble. Thus many are kept from evil practices by the fear of man, who would not be held back from them by the fear of God. The apostle asks, simply, Is it lawful? He knew that the God whom he served would support him under all sufferings for his name's sake. But if it were not lawful, the apostle's religion directed him, if possible, to avoid it. He never shrunk from a cross which his Divine Master laid upon his onward road; and he never stept aside out of that road to take one up.
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Anonymous's Acts Chapter 22 comment on 2/10/2011, 4:28am...
These three chapters are all correct. The writings of the three chapters are not the same, but the contents of each chapter is synonymous in meaning. Each chapter talk about Paul on how he converted to become follower/preacher of the word of our Lord Jesus Christ. Before Paul was not converted, his task from the higher authorities in his times is to capture/destroy/punish the believers of our Lord Jesus Christ. So, in his way to Damascus the light was shone over him that cause his eyes not to see, and he heard a voice of the Lord Jesus Christ why you persecuted me. On that moment, Paul accepted the named Jesus Christ.
Mike's Acts Chapter 22 comment on 2/02/2011, 2:14pm...
how come there is 3 different versions to this story? which one is correct?
acts chap 9 v3-7 or acts chap 22 v6-9 or acts chap 26 v12-15
Sumith de alwis's Acts Chapter 22 comment about verse 20 on 11/20/2010, 8:27pm...
"keeping the garments of those putting him to death"Is this part of the stonning process ? please explain the stonning process from beginning to end. Is it a sinful act to keep garments of those putting one to death ?
Sumith de alwis's Acts Chapter 22 comment about verse 20 on 11/20/2010, 8:22pm...
the act of keeping clothes at his feet. what does this mean ? Who are witness whose clothes were removed ? why should witness remove clothes - is it before stonning and why ?
Ed 's Acts Chapter 22 comment on 3/28/2010, 7:03pm...
I think the book of acts explains many things that were taught in the first 4 books of the new testament.. It tells of the coming of the church in the 2nd chapter.. It tells of many of the conversions from Jewish faith to the Christian and it most importantly explains that baptism is for the purpose of putting one into christ by cleansing the sinner's sins and making them a new creation.. (Christian)
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