And they listened to him until this word, and then they raised their voices and said, “Away with such a fellow from the earth, for he is not fit to live!” Then, as they cried out and tore off their clothes and threw dust into the air, the commander ordered him to be brought into the barracks, and said that he should be examined under scourging, so that he might know why they shouted so against him. And as they bound him with thongs, Paul said to the centurion who stood by, “Is it lawful for you to scourge a man who is a Roman, and uncondemned?” When the centurion heard that, he went and told the commander, saying, “Take care what you do, for this man is a Roman.”
Then the commander came and said to him, “Tell me, are you a Roman?”
He said, “Yes.”
The commander answered, “With a large sum I obtained this citizenship.”
And Paul said, “But I was born a citizen.”
Then immediately those who were about to examine him withdrew from him; and the commander was also afraid after he found out that he was a Roman, and because he had bound him.
The next day, because he wanted to know for certain why he was accused by the Jews, he released him from his bonds, and commanded the chief priests and all their council to appear, and brought Paul down and set him before them.
Then Paul, looking earnestly at the council, said, “Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.”
I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day…other translations state; I have fulfilled my duty to God, I have lived my life before God in all good conscience… May we also say with Paul that we have lived and are living our lives with a clear conscience…we have no fear of what He will find. Do we fear what men will find upon examining our lives? That should not be. Of greater importance is what the Lord will find when we are examined. Are we living according to the Word of God? Are we fulfilling our responsibility as given to us? Can we stand before Him and say with Paul; I have a clear conscience? This is a life-long responsibility. Let us assess our own positions to see if we are faithful to that which God has called us.