A C T S.
We left Paul at the bar, and Festus, and Agrippa,
and Bernice, and all the great men of the city of Cæsarea, upon the
bench, or about it, waiting to hear what he had to say for himself.
Now in this chapter we have, I. The account he gives of himself, in
answer to the calumnies of the Jews. And in this, 1. His humble
address to king Agrippa, and the compliment he passed upon him,
ver. 1-3. 2. His account
of his origin, and education, his profession as a Pharisee, and his
adherence still to that which was then the main article of his
creed, in distinction from the Sadducees, the "resurrection of the
dead," however in rituals he had since departed from it, ver. 3-8. 3. Of his zeal against the
Christian religion, and the professors of it, in the beginning of
his time, ver. 9-11. 4.
Of his miraculous conversion to the faith of Christ, ver. 12-16. 5. Of the commission
he received from heaven to preach the gospel to the Gentiles,
ver. 17, 18. 6. Of his
proceedings pursuant to that commission, which had given this
mighty offence to the Jews, ver.
19-21. 7. Of the doctrine which he had made it his
business to preach to the Gentiles, which was so far from
destroying the law and the prophets that it showed the fulfilling
of both, ver. 22, 23.
II. The remarks that were made upon his apology. 1. Festus thought
he never heard a man talk so madly, and slighted him as crazed,
ver. 24. In answer to him,
he denies the charge, and appeals to king Agrippa, ver. 25-27. 2. King Agrippa, being
more closely and particularly dealt with, thinks he never heard a
man talk more rationally and convincingly, and owns himself almost
his convert (ver. 28), and
Paul heartily wishes him so, ver.
29. 3. They all agreed that he was an innocent man, that
he ought to be set at liberty, and that it was a pity he was
provoked to put a bar in his own door by appealing to Cæsar,