I Wish You Had What I Had – 9/26/19 PM

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I Wish You Had What I Had

Acts 26:29

Intro:

  1. It was a Prayerful Desire – I would to God
  2. It was a Personal Desire – that not only thou
  3. It was a Public Desire – …but all that hear me this day.
  4. It was a Passionate Desire – both almost, and altogether such as I am…

What Paul was in essence saying was this:

I. I Wish You Had My Hope in God – vs. 6

He had learned the customs of the Jews – vs. 3

He had learned the questions of the Jews – vs. 3

He had learned the most straitest sect of the religion of the Jews – vs. 5

But his hope was in the GOD of the Jews. – vs. 6 and vs. 7

It was this hope’s sake that caused him to be accused.

His hope affected his:

  • Attitude – vs. 2
  • Appeal – vs. 3 I know thee to be expert in all customs…
  • Answer – vs. 1, 6-8
  • Assurance – vs. 8 – why should it be thought a thing incredible with you?

 

II. I Wish You Had My Heart for God – vs. 19

Paul had an unquestioning love and obedience to God.

He had a lot of making up to do.

God had changed his mind and his heart.

Paul remembered what he had thought within himself that motivated him to go against God. – vs. 9

  • 9 I verily thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.

Paul is relaying to Agrippa the OLD MAN – his former life.

  • When he was lost, he was Dogmatic – vs. 10
  • When he was lost, he was Deranged – vs. 11 exceedingly mad
  • When he was lost, he went the Distance – vs. 11 – even unto strange cities (foreign)

Why not do the same thing now, but for God?

If obeying God made him dogmatic, and made people think he was deranged, and he had to go to foreign cities, then he would do it.

He did it when he was lost!!

 

III. I Wish You Had My Help from God – vs. 22

  • 22 Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come:
  • 23 That Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should shew light unto the people, and to the Gentiles.