Witnessing and preaching of Paul even under bondage
- The Lord stood near Paul and said,” Be of good cheer. Paul, as you have testified for Me in Jerusalem, so you must also bear witness at Rome.” Today we too may be under various bondages, sufferings, trials and diseases. But in the midst of all our bondages, let us testify our Lord, Jesus. Let us testify God’s love, salvation, and the good news of gospel.
- Paul was always striving( trying hard ) to have a conscience without offense, toward God and men and testified about God. What about us? Let us also try to keep our conscience without offense towards God and men, before testifying about God. Acts 24: 16.
- Also, Paul preached even Governor Felix and his wife Drusilla about the faith in Christ, about righteousness, selfcontrol and the judgement to come. Felix was afraid to hear him and told him that he will call him later. Let us also boldly convey about the Coming of Jesus Christ and the judgement to come whenever there is opportunity, eventhough we are bounded. Acts 24: 24, 25.
May God help us to testify and preach about our Lord Jesus with clear conscience. Amen. Hallelujah.
Dr. Padmini Selvyn.
Acts 23:1 “Brethren, I have lived my life with a perfectly good conscience before God up to this day.”
The period of Paul’s imprisonment began with his arrest in Jerusalem.
From the end of chapter 21 to the end of the book of Acts, Paul is a prisoner and will remain a prisoner until his death.
In this chapter we can see the second testimony of Pual out of total five which Paul made in the various situations developing from his being a prisoner.
The apostle Paul had been brought before the Council because he had been preaching Christ.
Paul began his message before the Sanhedrin, “looking intently at the Council, said, “Brethren, I have lived my life with a perfectly good conscience before God up to this day.”
What is conscience?
Our conscience is a wonderful gift from Jehovah. It is the sense of right and wrong that we have inside us.
Paul speaks in this chapter of having a clear conscience, and there are two areas where his conscience is clear:
We all are given the ability to choose right or wrong.
But our conscience can sometimes be wrong.
It could be damaged by our own imperfect thoughts and feelings and could guide us in the wrong direction.
A good conscience does not come automatically.
There we need the help of HOLY SPIRIT
After our salvation , the Holy Spirit resides in us and the Holy Spirit becomes our great counselor and guide to further our relationship with God and to lead us to live a life by the fruit of the Spirit characteristics.
So… If we are not following the Holy Spirit, our conscience can become guilty.
We can then feel burdened, heavy, worried, and even physically ill.
Living a God-honoring life, however, releases us from guilt and clears our conscience.
- Take the time to read the Bible scriptures and truly focus on what those passages are saying to us.
Some passages may touch us differently than others.
- Writing down the verses
What does it mean to live in good conscience towards others?
To have a clear conscience toward others means taking the steps necessary to deal with every sin we may have committed against every other person.
Any child of God who is serious about seeking the Lord and experiencing personal revival,…………..
…………….. must be committed to maintain a clear conscience toward others.
THIS IS WHERE THE GENUINE REPENTANCE, HUMILITY, AND HOLINESS ARE DEMONSTRATED PRACTICALLY.
Jooley Mathew Z