A Systematic Expository Study of the Word of God
OBEDIENCE TO THE HEAVENLY VISION
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In his defence before King Agrippa, Paul related his encounter with Christ
and the effect it had upon him
a change of life and purpose. He went further to explain that he had
received a commission from the Lord to preach repentance to the Jews at
Damascus, Jerusalem and the coasts of Judaea
and to the Gentiles (Acts 26:20). The brief account gives us an insight
into the secret of his effectiveness and success in the ministry, which was
obedience to the heavenly vision.
His prompt and wholehearted obedience should challenge everyone that has had
an encounter with the Lord. True obedience never procrastinates nor
questions the rational behind the commandments of God.
CONVERSION AND CONSECRATION AFTER THE HEAVENLY VISITATION
Acts 26:9-15; 9:1-20; 1 Timothy 1:12-16; Galatians 1:21-24; Philippians
3:4-15; Exodus 3:1-10; 7:1-7; Hebrews 11:24-27; Isaiah 6:1-8.
What qualifies us for the commission is not church attendance or activities
but genuine conversion. A definite experience of salvation is necessary
before we can effectively and convincingly witness for Christ. As the blind
cannot lead the blind otherwise they both fall into the ditch, so also the
unsaved cannot lead others into the salvation experience. True conversion is
the product of genuine repentance of our sins, forsaking them and receiving
Christ into our hearts.
COMMISSION FROM CHRIST THROUGH THE HEAVENLY VISION
Acts 26:16-18; 9:6,15,16; 1 Corinthians 15:8-10; 1 Timothy 1:12,16; John
15:16; 20:19-23; 21:1,7-17; Isaiah 6:5-8.
Christ, through the vision, gave Paul clear details as to the content and
scope of the commission. He was commissioned to preach the gospel and not to
win an argument; to turn people to God and not to condemn. He was bold to
make Christ known at every opportunity.
The grand design of our commission is to turn men from darkness to light,
from the power of Satan unto God and from sin to righteousness. If we have
genuine experience of salvation, we will be eager and bold like Paul to
testify of it to all men. As we testify to sinners, Christ must be the
centre of our message before there can be a positive response from them.
CHRISTLIKE COMMITMENT TO THE HEAVENLY VISION
Acts 26:19,20; 20:20-24; Galatians 1:13-16; Romans 1:14-16; 15:18-22;
1 Corinthians 9:16-23; John 4:34; 6:38; 17:4; Hebrews 10:7.
Paul became a different man after the vision. His concern and compassion for
the lost was not only for the Jews (his kinsmen for whom he had great
heaviness and continual sorrow in his heart) but also for the Gentiles for
whom he laboured day and night.
No price was too great for him to pay, no sacrifice was too high to make and
no difficulty or problem was too much to endure so that he could preach the
gospel and finish his course.
What Paul did for the Jews and Gentiles of his day, God expects us to do for
the sinners around us today. True followers of Christ will spend and be
spent in the Father’s business of soulwinning.
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