Saturday, April 14, 2018

Day 102~ Acts 24


"He reasoned about righteousness and self-control and the coming judgement.” (24:25)

Paul narrowed down the gospel to three easy points for Felix.  We get to hear about these points more in depth later in letters written to believers, but here are some of those highlights that can be used here to expand Paul’s thoughts on these points. 

1. Righteousness- “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God himself.” (2 Cor. 5:21)

2. Self-control - “But the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” (2 Tim 1:7) 
Also, Romans chs.5-8-ooh baby, that’s a good read on how a person that is a slave to righteousness is no longer a slave to their old self!   Don’t think for a minute Paul is saying “I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate” (7:18) as if he is talking of his present state (slave to righteousness), he is talking of himself as if he was still a slave to the law.

3. Coming Judgement- “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.” (2 Cor. 5:10-21)

So, bottom line for Felix and talking points for us if we are to share the gospel:
Jesus makes you righteous, the Holy Spirit gives you self-control and you escape judgement because of God’s plan in using those two other aspects of himself.

Well, that's pretty simple! I should learn from the pro and use his outline!

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