Acts 22* Paul's account of his conversion. (1-11) Paul directed topreach to the Gentiles. (12-21) The rage of the Jews Paul pleadsthat he is a Roman citizen. (22-30)1-11 The apostle addressed the enraged multitude, in thecustomary style of respect and good-will. Paul relates thehistory of his early life very particularly; he notices that hisconversion was wholly the act of God. Condemned sinners arestruck blind by the power of darkness, and it is a lastingblindness, like that of the unbelieving Jews. Convinced sinnersare 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 relationof the Lord's dealings with us, in bringing us, from opposing,to profess and promote his gospel, when delivered in a rightspirit and manner, will sometimes make more impression thatlaboured speeches, even though it amounts not to the full proofof the truth, such as was shown in the change wrought in theapostle. 12-21 The apostle goes on to relate how he was confirmed in thechange he had made. The Lord having chosen the sinner, that heshould know his will, he is humbled, enlightened, and brought tothe knowledge of Christ and his blessed gospel. Christ is herecalled 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 greatgospel privilege, sealed to us by baptism, is the pardon ofsins. Be baptized, and wash away thy sins; that is, receive thecomfort of the pardon of thy sins in and through Jesus Christ,and lay hold on his righteousness for that purpose; and receivepower against sin, for the mortifying of thy corruptions. Bebaptized, and rest not in the sign, but make sure of the thingsignified, the putting away of the filth of sin. The greatgospel duty, to which by our baptism we are bound, is, to seekfor the pardon of our sins in Christ's name, and in dependenceon him and his righteousness. God appoints his labourers theirday and their place, and it is fit they should follow hisappointment, though it may cross their own will. Providencecontrives better for us than we do for ourselves; we must referourselves to God's guidance. If Christ send any one, his Spiritshall go along with him, and give him to see the fruit of hislabours. 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 socontrary to all their national prejudices, that they would hearno more. Their frantic conduct astonished the Roman officer, whosupposed that Paul must have committed some great crime. Paulpleaded his privilege as a Roman citizen, by which he wasexempted from all trials and punishments which might force himto confess himself guilty. The manner of his speaking plainlyshows what holy security and serenity of mind he enjoyed. AsPaul was a Jew, in low circumstances, the Roman officerquestioned how he obtained so valuable a distinction; but theapostle told him he was free born. Let us value that freedom towhich 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 fromevil practices by the fear of man, who would not be held backfrom them by the fear of God. The apostle asks, simply, Is itlawful? He knew that the God whom he served would support himunder all sufferings for his name's sake. But if it were notlawful, the apostle's religion directed him, if possible, toavoid it. He never shrunk from a cross which his Divine Masterlaid upon his onward road; and he never stept aside out of thatroad to take one up.
Copyright information for MHCC
Welcome to STEP Bible
From Tyndale House, Cambridge UK
Use the search box to find Bibles, commentaries, passages, search terms, etc. Here are some examples:
This shows how to quickly lookup a passage.
Looking up a passage in three different translations is also easy.
This asks STEP to search for the Greek word for 'brother' and show the results in the ESV.
This example runs both a 'Hebrew word search' and a 'Text' search and shows the results in both the NIV and ESV.
You can mix most searches. This finds any word translated as 'throne' in the Prophets and the New Testament, but only in verses concerning the topic 'David'. This excludes verses which refer to a 'throne' in other contexts.
Interlinear Hebrew & Greek is available for some translations with grammar (and more soon). To reverse the interlinear order, click on a version abbreviation under the verse number.
© Tyndale House, Cambridge, UK - 2018