Acts 25: 23 – 26:8
So the next day, when Agrippa and Bernice had come with great pomp, and had entered the auditorium with the commanders and the prominent men of the city, at Festus’ command Paul was brought in. And Festus said: “King Agrippa and all the men who are here present with us, you see this man about whom the whole assembly of the Jews petitioned me, both at Jerusalem and here, crying out that he was not fit to live any longer. But when I found that he had committed nothing deserving of death, and that he himself had appealed to Augustus, I decided to send him. I have nothing certain to write to my lord concerning him. Therefore I have brought him out before you, and especially before you, King Agrippa, so that after the examination has taken place I may have something to write. For it seems to me unreasonable to send a prisoner and not to specify the charges against him.”
Then Agrippa said to Paul, “You are permitted to speak for yourself.”
So Paul stretched out his hand and answered for himself: “I think myself happy, King Agrippa, because today I shall answer for myself before you concerning all the things of which I am accused by the Jews, especially because you are expert in all customs and questions which have to do with the Jews. Therefore I beg you to hear me patiently.
“My manner of life from my youth, which was spent from the beginning among my own nation at Jerusalem, all the Jews know. They knew me from the first, if they were willing to testify, that according to the strictest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee. And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made by God to our fathers. To this promise our twelve tribes, earnestly serving God night and day, hope to attain. For this hope’s sake, King Agrippa, I am accused by the Jews. Why should it be thought incredible by you that God raises the dead?
Why indeed, if God can create us to begin with, why would it be considered impossible for him to conquer death, or the lack of life, a second time or more? This is more than a question of life and death, this is questioning the very nature and capabilities of God! Are we also guilty? When we speak negatively concerning what God can or will do, are we denying the very nature of God? It seems we need to take care of what we say and consider whether it in any way would cast doubt upon who God is and what He can do. Jesus tells us over and over again that it ( whatever the it may be) is healed by our faith. That faith is a belief in God, knowledge of His nature and being and knowledge of what He has done, is doing and will do. That faith does not put restrictions upon God, place Him conveniently in a box of our devising. That faith that can move mountains has no limits on the power of God. This is the faith Paul preached . This faith is the belief not just in God but believing God for what he says and what he does. This faith would find no difficulty in raising anyone from the clutches of death. Death was a judgment pronounced by God upon mankind for sin. As it came so it can be erased. Sin was the result of a choice made by mankind and the defeat of its consequence, death, can be had through choice. The choosing to believe what God says is true, the choosing to believe Jesus was and is His Son who paid the required price for that sin, choosing to believe God brings freedom from the judgment placed by sin on our life and brings with it the promise of eternal life reverses the choice to sin. The payment made by Christ for us erased that judgment and as he rose so may we. Let us not be guilty of denying the very nature and capabilities of the God who created us.