Paul's Stairway Address
- SCRIPTURE READING: Acts
- AN OVERVIEW OF THE EVENT:
- The apostle is arrested.
- The calm with which he adapts
himself to the changed conditions.
- Pauls winning courtesy.
- Pauls explanation:
- That at first subdues his
- Then turns his hearers
into a raging mob.
- CHRYSOSTOM: From the
writings of John Chrysostom (345 to 407), born in Antioch
was considered to be one of the great preachers of his
day had this to say: "What nobler spectacle
than that of Paul at this moment! There he stands, bound
with two chains, ready to make his defense
unto the people. The Roman commanders sits by, top enforce
order by his presence. An enraged
populace looks up to him from below. yet, in the midst
of so many dangers, how self-possessed he
is, how tranquil!"
- THE ADDRESS THE STORY
OF PAULS LIFE:
- AS A STUDENT: [Acts 22:1-3]
- Paul was of Jewish blood:
- It has been assumed that
he was an Egyptian, as the captain had supposed.
- He surprised them in speaking
in the Hebrew tongue. "
in the Hebrew
tongue to them" [Acts 22:2],
which caused them to keep "the more silence
- Born in Tarsus, a city of
Cilicia. [Acts 22:3]
- A city of prominence, or
importance. Paul spoke of it as a "no mean
city" (Acts 21:39).
- The city was called Tarsus.
- His education was in Jerusalem
at the feet of Gamaliel . [Acts 22:3]
- He was a Pharisee.
- He was a doctor of the
= "Then stood there up one in the council,
a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a
doctor of the law, had in reputation among all
the people, and commanded to put
the apostles forth a little space;"
- He was "taught
according to the perfect manner of the law of the
fathers." [Acts 22:3]
- Paul was a "Hebrew
of Hebrews:" [Philippians
- In regards to the law he
was "a Pharisee" [Acts
- Paul was very "zealous
toward God, as ye are this day".
- The were zealous to protect
that which they believed.
- Paul was just as zealous
until his conversion.
- AS A PERSECUTOR. [Acts 22:4-5]
- The object of his persecution:
- Those of "this way".
- This was a term used
by Luke frequently as a term for Christianity.
- Since all of God's
plans and purposes tend toward man's salvation,
provisions to this end are frequently spoken
of as His Way, and inasmuch
as all of the divine plans center in Christ
He is preeminently the Way
- Out of this fact grew
the title, "The Way,"
one of the earliest names
applied to Christianity.
9:2 = "And desired of him letters
to Damascus to the synagogues,
that if he found any of this way whether
they were men or women, he
might bring them bound unto Jerusalem."
18:24-26 = "And a certain Jew named
Apollos, born at Alexandria,
an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures,
came to Ephesus. This
man was instructed in the way of the Lord;
and being fervent in the
spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things
of the Lord, knowing
only the baptism of John. And he began to speak
boldly in the synagogue:
whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they
took him unto them,
and expounded unto him the way of God more
[see also Acts 19:9; Acts 19:23;
- "The way"
was applied to the course of conduct, or the manner
of life which one
lives. I Corinthians 4:17 = "For
this cause have I sent unto you Timotheus,
who is my beloved son, and faithful in the Lord,
who shall bring you into
remembrance of my ways which be in Christ,
as I teach every where in
- Those persecuted included
"men and women".
- The intensity of his persecution:
- He bound them.
- He delivered them to prisons.
- He persecuted them even
"to the death".
- The zealousness of Paul could
be attested to by:
- "The high priest".
- "The estate
of the elders".
- Paul had letters from the
high priest and elders to "the brethren,
and went to
Damascus, to bring them which were there bound unto
Jerusalem, for to be
punished" [Acts 22:5]
- A TRANSITION OCCURRED ON THE
JOURNEY TO DAMASCUS [V.6-16]
- The place of the transition.
"As I made my journey, and was come nigh
- The time of the transition.
- The cause of the transition:
- "Suddenly there
shone from heaven a great light round about"
- A voice speaks to Saul:
"Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?"
Note: The voice is one that is part protest,
enlightment and instruction.
- Saul having fallen on the
ground recognizing this was of divine origin says:
"Who art thou, Lord?" [Acts
- The voice replies: "I
am Jesus of Nazareth whom thou persecutest."
- The reaction of those traveling
with Saul: [Acts 22:9]
- They "saw
indeed the light".
- They "were
- They "heard
not the voice of him that spake to me."
- Saul ask what he is to
do and is given answer: [Acts 22:10]
- The question: "What
shall I do, Lord?"
- The answer: "Arise,
and go into Damascus, and there it shall be told
of all things, which are appointed for thee to
- The affects of the event
on Saul: [Acts 22:11]
- Saul was blinded by the
great light: "I could not see for the
glory of that light:"
- Saul had to be led into
Damascus by those that were with him: "Being
the hand of them that were with me, I came into
- Ananias comes to Saul in
Damascus: [Acts 22:12]
- The man:
- "A devout
man according to the law"
was of "Good report of all the Jews
which dwelt there."
- The coming of Ananias
- He restored Sauls
sight: "Brother Saul, receive thy
sight. And the
same hour I looked up upon him."
- Ananias delivered a
message to Saul from God: "The God
of our fathers
hath chosen thee, that thou aholdest know he
will, and see that
Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of his
mouth. For thou
shalt be his witness unto all men of what thou
hast seen and heard."
- Ananias asks Saul a
question: "And now why tarriest thou?
be baptized and wash away thy sins, calling
on the name of the
Lord." [Acts 22:16]
- The result of the transition:
Saul was baptized in Damascus at the hands of Ananias.
- PAUL NOW HAS BECOME THE OBJECT
OF PERSECUTION. [Acts 22:17-21]
- He is hated and hounded by
his own people the Jews.
- He is also loved, protected
and used by the Lord who called him into His service
and is sent to
- THE REACTION OF THE MOB [Acts
- They raise their voices in
anger: "lifted up their voices, and said,
Away with such a fellow
from the earth: for it is not fit that he should live."
- They "cast off
their clothes, and threw dust into the air"
- THE REACTION OF THE ROMAN CAPTAIN.
- Brings Paul into the castle.
- He has Paul bound and made
ready for scourging to know why the people were reacting
against him.[Acts 22:24-25]
- Paul asks one of the centurions:
"Is it lawful for you to scourage a man
that is a Roman,
and uncondemned?" [Acts 22:25]
- The centurion tells the
chief Captain: "Take heed whag thou doest:
for this man is a
Roman." [Acts 22:26]
- The chief Captain comes
to Paul and asks" m "Tell me, art
thou a Roman?"
- Paul replies "Yea".
- The chief Captain asks
how: "With a great sum obtained I thee
freedom?" and is
surprised by Pauls answer: "I was
free born". [Acts 22:28]
- The chief captain and those
about to examine Paul depart being "afraid"
reasons: [Acts 22:29]
- Paul "was
- "He had bound
- CONSIDER THE END RESULTS OF
THIS STIRRING MESSAGE:
- The people that hear Paul
are enraged. "Away with such a fellow"
- The blunder of the Roman
Captain. He had bound in against Roman law.
- The salvation of Paul was
- WHAT IS THE RESULT OF THE STIRRING
MESSAGE OF GOD TO YOU?
- Are you enrage?
- Do you make the dreaded blunder
of acting with careful consideration of what is said?
- Only you faithful obedience
as a citizen of Gods kingdom will save you.
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