Picking up where we left off Sunday, we learned that we must seize every opportunity to share Christ. Today’s thought is centered around…
#2 We must recognize that truth produces conviction.
To Festus’ assertion that Paul was “mad,” the Apostle said on the contrary that his words were “words of truth and reason,” the stone cold truth. Our faith is not merely based on our subjective experiences of God but our experiences of God are based on the objective historical facts of history. Truth cannot be denied.
Notice in today’s verse, Agrippa was well aware of the claims of Christ’s disciples for “this thing was not done in a corner.” It was no secret. He also knew the Old Testament. So Paul pressed him for a decision, “Believest thou…?” He was asking, “King, do you believe what the Bible says?” Note Paul answers his own question, “I know that thou believest.” Paul knew that Agrippa knew his testimony was true.
Agrippa felt the conviction of truth. The king protested that Paul shouldn’t expect him to make a spur of the moment decision. He was uncomfortable.
There are many people who profess to be open-minded, thoughtful intellectuals, yet they reject objective truth. They refuse to admit it, even though inwardly they are convicted by it. Why? It is not for intellectual reasons but for moral reasons. Truth uncovers sin. Paul understood that when faced with truth, it cannot be denied for in the face of truth, change is necessitated. The problem: I don’t want to change.