ACTS 23:1-11 – CONFIDENT CONFRONTATION

Being confronted by people always seems to be a difficult task. A feeling of confidence is often lacking when this happens. In Acts 23:1-11 Paul was brought up before the ruling body of the Jewish people, called the Sanhedrin. Paul was able to face confrontation with confidence as the following things happened.

PAUL WAS PROPER IN HIS RESPONSE – USING THE WORD OF GOD – Acts 23:1-5

  • Acts 23:1-3 – Paul’s response to being slapped was Biblical because it was against God’s Law.
  • Acts 23:4-5 – Paul’s response upon learning that he had reviled the High Priest was also Biblical. It is important to know the Word of God well, if we are going to respond Biblically when confronted. Psalm 119:11-13

PAUL WAS PERCEPTIVE IN HIS DEFENSE – GUIDED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT – Acts 23:6

  • When we are serving God, He will give us the right words to say. Matthew 10:19-20

PAUL WAS PROTECTED BY GOD THROUGH DISSENSION– Acts 23:7-10

  • In this situation, the Holy Spirit’s guidance of Paul’s words caused those trying him to start fighting among themselves. When it looked like Paul was in physical danger, God used the commander of the soldiers to cause him to be removed from harm’s way. Psalm 91:1-8

PAUL WAS PROMISED CONTINUED PROTECTION AND MINISTRY – ACTS 23:11

  • When it was all over, Paul was encouraged by God, that he had done by well and would also do the same in Rome. We can be assured of God’s protection and guidance until His ministry goals for us are accomplished. Psalm 73:23-24,