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Acts 22 (2) Born Free Pastor Tony Raker 5/25/2014
Acts 22:17-29 English Standard Version (ESV) 17 “When I had returned to Jerusalem and was praying in the temple, I fell into a trance 18 and saw him saying to me,‘Make haste and get out of Jerusalem quickly, because they will not accept your testimony about me.’ 19 And I said, ‘Lord, they themselves know that in one synagogue after another I imprisoned and beat those who believed in you. 20 And when the blood of Stephen your witness was being shed, I myself was standing by and approving and watching over the garments of those who killed him.’ 21 And he said to me, ‘Go, for I will send you far away to the Gentiles.’” Paul and the Roman Tribune 22 Up to this word they listened to him. Then they raised their voices and said, “Away with such a fellow from the earth! For he should not be allowed to live.” 23 And as they were shouting and throwing off their cloaks and flinging dust into the air, 24 the tribune ordered him to be brought into the barracks, saying that he should be examined by flogging, to find out why they were shouting against him like this. 25 But when they had stretched him out for the whips,[a] Paul said to the centurion who was standing by, “Is it lawful for you to flog a man who is a Roman citizen and uncondemned?” 26 When the centurion heard this, he went to the tribune and said to him, “What are you about to do? For this man is a Roman citizen.” 27 So the tribune came and said to him, “Tell me, are you a Roman citizen?” And he said, “Yes.” 28 The tribune answered, “I bought this citizenship for a large sum.” Paul said, “But I am a citizen by birth.” 29 So those who were about to examine him withdrew from him immediately, and the tribune also was afraid, for he realized that Paul was a Roman citizen and that he had bound him.
Paul was the perfect candidate to bring the Jewish Messiah to the Gentile people. In their minds, the gentiles weren’t under Abrahams promise, they weren’t the chosen people, and this man dared to proclaim that God told him to go and preach to them? The very idea was absolute blasphemy. Paul was saved from prison that day because he was born free. As Paul demonstrates here in Acts, it is important to know what your rights are – both earthly and spiritual.
Acts 22:28 The tribune answered, “I bought this citizenship for a large sum.” Paul said, “But I am a citizen by birth.” "I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost, that I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart" (Romans 9:1-3). Isaiah 64:6 our efforts, accomplishments, money and power here on earth are as filthy rags when compared to God’s riches in glory. Moses was adopted into the royal family in Egypt. He had what I call the “four P’s”: power, prestige, prominence, and position.
Jacob was born into one of the most wealthy and prestigious lines in Israel’s history. He had stolen his birthright from his brother and all of the power that was entailed therein. Samuel was Israel’s greatest Judge, but first he was a servant, cleaning the temple when he was called. David was destined to become the King of Israel, but he received his calling while tending sheep. Peter, the spokesman for the 12 Disciples, the man who received 3,000 converts after preaching one sermon was out on a boat catching fish when Aaron came and told him about Jesus. But in fact, they were born free the day they accepted their call from God. And make no mistake, at this very moment there is a call of God upon your life.
Citizenship Rights We have the right to call upon the name of the Lord We have the right to be forgiven of our sins We have the right to sing praises unto God We have the right to lay hands on the sick and believe that God will heal them We have the right to every promise given in the bible. We have the right to call upon Christ through whom we can do all things as He strengthens us We have the right to claim God as our refuge and strength, a very presence help in trouble. We have the right to wait upon the LORD who shall renew our strength; mount up with wings as eagles; run, and not be weary; walk, and not faint. We have the right to delight ourselves in the LORD; and He shall give us the desires of our heart. We have the right to commit our way unto the LORD; trust in him; and He will bring it to pass. We have the right to the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keeping our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. We have the right to come to Him and He will give us rest We have the right to ask, and it shall be given us; seek, and we will find; knock, and it will be opened unto us. We have the right to believe, knowing all things are possible to we who believe We have the right to seek the LORD and not want for any good thing.
“Every promise in the Book is mine! Every chapter, every verse, every line. I am standing on His Word divine, Every promise in the Book is mine.” This is Paul’s message: to be in…… And……. to be of service to God Remember Acts 18:5-6 ? When Silas and Timothy arrived from Macedonia, Paul was occupied with the word, testifying to the Jews that the Christ was Jesus. 6 And when they opposed and reviled him, he shook out his garments and said to them, “Your blood be on your own heads! I am innocent. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.” Beloved, don’t think God won’t move on! “I bought this citizenship for a large sum.” Paul said, “But I am a citizen by birth”
Conclusion Have you obtained the free gift of Jesus Christ? Dear Lord Jesus…I know I am a sinner…I know I am in need of a savior…I confess my sin to you…I ask, because of the blood you shed, to forgive me of my sin and cleanse my heart…I accept you as my Lord and Savior…help me to live for you from this day forward…in Jesus’ name, Amen. Dear Lord Jesus…thank you for my salvation…help me to be a better servant…I commit my life to your service…I ask for light, direction and strength…make me a useful tool…sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit…responsive and open to every good work…for the advancement of Your Kingdom….in Christ’s name, Amen.