The Power of Personal Testimony

(page 19 of Standard Edition)
The Power of a Personal Testimony
Let’s look again at Paul before Agrippa. The apostle Paul stands before this
man, the last in the line of Jewish kings, the Maccabees, and of the house
of Herod. Agrippa professed to be a Jew, but at heart he was a Roman. (See
The SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 6, p. 436.) The aged apostle, weary from
his missionary journeys and battle-scarred in the conflict between good and
evil, stands there, his heart filled with God’s love and his face radiant with
God’s goodness. Whatever has happened in his life, whatever persecutions
and difficulties he has experienced, he can declare that God is good.
Agrippa is cynical, skeptical, hardened, and really indifferent to any
genuine value system. In contrast, Paul is filled with faith, commit-
ted to the truth, and stalwart in defense of righteousness. The contrast
between the two men could not be much more evident. At his trial, Paul
requests to speak and receives permission from Agrippa.
Read Acts 26:1–32. How does Paul witness to Agrippa? What can we
learn from his words?

Kindness opens hearts where abrasiveness closes them. Paul is
incredibly gracious to Agrippa here. He calls him an “expert in all cus-
toms and questions which have to do with the Jews” (Acts 26:3, NKJV).
He then launches into a discussion of his conversion.
Read Paul’s conversion story in Acts 26:12–18 and then carefully notice
its effect on Agrippa in Acts 26:26–28. Why do you think Agrippa
reacted the way he did? What impressed him about Paul’s testimony?

Paul’s testimony of how Jesus changed his life had a powerful impact
on a godless king. There is no witness as effective as a changed life. The
witness of a life genuinely converted has an amazing influence on others.
Even godless kings are moved by lives transformed by grace. Even if we
don’t have as dramatic a story as Paul, we all should be able to tell others
about what it means to know Jesus and to be redeemed by His blood.
Thursday July 9

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