In our chapter today Paul gives a defense before King Agrippa. The Roman governor, Festus, is also in the room but this speech from Paul is specifically designed for Agrippa who knows and understands Old Testament history. Agrippa knows about the prophecies that were made about the Messiah that was to come and so he will know exactly what Paul is talking about as he claims that those prophecies were fulfilled in Jesus who has been raised from the dead. Festus has no knowledge of this history and therefore considers Paul to be 'mad'. In response to this, Paul makes the claim that the words he is speaking are both 'true' and 'reasonable'. We respond to this story by once again observing the example of Paul who had learned to give a clear defense of his faith and to make it appropriate for his audience. We who are followers of Jesus ought also to learn to speak about our faith in true and reasonable ways that are suitable for the people with whom we share.
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