INTRODUCTION: Paul’s speech before Agrippa is the culmination and climax of Paul’s defense in Acts 21-26. It brings together and presents in final form all the themes of the previous five chapters. The charges against Paul that began with the temple mob in 21:28 were given their final verdict by the Jewish King himself. Paul is innocent of all accounts and he could have been set free (Acts 26:31-32), however, he appealed to Caesar in Rome.
In Luke 23, we are told that Jesus went through the same type trials. Having stood before Pilate, He was then sent to Herod. Neither found any fault with Him.
When the dust settles on Acts 26, Paul wants all to know that his commitment to the risen Christ was the real reason for his bonds.
The reason this meeting is taking place is the request from Festus for Paul to be examined by King Agrippa, but there is no record that he did. Before the session ends, Paul became the Judge, and Festus, King Agrippa, and Bernice became the defendants.
As a Great Commission Christian, note Paul’s Primary Goal:
– It was not to exonerate himself, but to convert Agrippa and all present (28-29). Paul saw himself, not as a prisoner, but an ambassador, representing Jesus Christ to the world, begging people to be reconciled to God. That was his primary goal.
2 Corinthians 5:17-20, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf …