July 24, 2020
I Was Born Free
Acts 22:27-29 (KJB) Then the chief captain came, and said unto him, Tell me, art thou a Roman? He said, Yea. 28 And the chief captain answered, With a great sum obtained I this freedom. And Paul said, But I was free born. 29 Then straightway they departed from him which should have examined him: and the chief captain also was afraid, after he knew that he was a Roman, and because he had bound him.
The Apostle Paul had been captured and bound for his talk about God. However, trouble was brewing for these Roman soldiers. Why, because it was against the law to arrest a Roman citizen. The Apostle Paul is a Roman citizen and quickly told these henchmen of his heritage.
Ooops, trouble was looming, for Paul’s assertion opens a serious ancient matter. Immediately when the soldiers, tasked with examing him, heard Paul’s claim, they removed themselves from him, backing off as the fear likely rose in the pit of their stomach. Nothing worse than being on the wrong side of the Roman government.
The Apostle Paul, on the other hand, had no apprehension or fear of these men or in this situation. Paul knew that God was at work in this current circumstance and that he had no reason to become anxious about his present state or his future.
Just as the Apostle Paul shared the truth and the news about his nationality, we too can share our spiritual heritage and new birth, including lasting citizenship with God in Heaven. Genuine professing Christians have no reason to fear and quake at any circumstance at work in this world for our future in fellowship with God is certain and secure.
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