Read the Bible with me: Acts 23-25
Paul puts into practice in these chapters exactly what we have been studying in 1 Peter on Sunday mornings, namely how to act with a good conscience and witness before those who act against you to do you harm. Some of the lessons we can learn here include:
- when you are wrong, admit it. Paul speaks harshly to the high priest not knowing who he was, and when called out, he admits his mistake. (23:1–4)
- Be wise and crafty, but innocent. Seeing an opportunity to divide those who would harm him, he exploits their disagreement over the resurrection in order to escape the situation. (23:6–10)
- Listen to the voice of the Lord. Paul’s witness would not end in Jerusalem as the events he was facing might suggest, but instead he receives courage from the knowledge that God would send him to Rome. (23:11)
- Do not shrink from sharing the Gospel. Paul testifies to the leaders of the gospel (apparently the early church had taken up the name “The Way”) and others had done so before him, which we see because Felix, the governor, had learned enough of it to have an accurate knowledge. (Some surmise that his wife had become a Christian.) This testimony extends all the way to Herod II, grandson of Herod the Great, who was ruler over Israel.
When you are confronted by those who are hostile toward you because of Christ, strive to implement these 4 lessons that Christ might be glorified in your circumstance.