As chapter 26 opens, Paul was given permission to speak for himself before Agrippa. Agrippa was well acquainted with Jewish custom, as he controlled the temple treasury. Paul addressed him by once again recounting his conversion on the road to Damascus. He then shared with Agrippa that he was following the obedience of the vision by declaring Jesus as Christ, and this very act is the reason the Jews were against him. In verse 22 Paul again, gives glory to God. He says, “So, having obtained help from God, I stand to this day testifying both to small and great, stating nothing but what the Prophets and Moses said was going to take place; that the Christ was to suffer, and by reason of His resurrection from the dead He would be the first to proclaim light both to the Jewish people and to the Gentiles.”
Festus said loudly, “Paul, you are out of your mind! Your great learning is driving you mad.” Paul said he was not out of his mind and King Agrippa even believed the Prophets. Agrippa told Paul in a short time he would persuade him to become a Christian. Paul wished not only Agrippa, but all who heard his voice might come to Christ without the chains. King Agrippa concluded Paul had done nothing worthy or death or imprisonment and had he not appeared to Caesar, he would have been set free.
This was the beginning of God’s promise that Paul would testify about Him in Rome. Paul proudly and boldly continued to proclaim God’s Word unashamedly. I pray we can stand on the Truth and declare Christ to all.