“Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, but declared first to those in Damascus and in Jerusalem, and throughout all the region of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent, turn to God, and do works befitting repentance. For these reasons the Jews seized me in the temple and tried to kill me. Therefore, having obtained help from God, to this day I stand, witnessing both to small and great, saying no other things than those which the prophets and Moses said would come— that the Christ would suffer, that He would be the first to rise from the dead, and would proclaim light to the Jewish people and to the Gentiles.”
Repent, turn to God, let your deeds prove your repentance. This is the message that can cause rage in mankind. Why? It points to their weaknesses, shortcomings, failures. We do not like when the finger is pointed in our direction. Mankind has a system they follow and for verification that their system is ‘OK’ they want all to follow it. When anyone comes along with a different system or idea, they want to put them out, get rid of them. This involves the spiritual as well and when we include the spiritual, we are meddling with the enemy of creation. Does this hinder us? No, with Paul we continue to stand and share. The power behind the gospel is greater and able to keep. It is the Spirit of the Lord that draws and changes mankind. We are the agents sharing. Therefore as often happens, it is the messenger that receives the reaction. We can remember that and go on with our assignment. We can continue to share what we have received.