Agrippa was close, but not close enough

October 24, 2008 at 1:16 pm Leave a comment

WHILE THE APOSTLE Paul was a prisoner, he was allowed to make his defense before King Agrippa…   He really didn’t try to defend himself, but used this occasion to preach Jesus as the Christ.

After referring to the Old Testament prophecies, Paul asked, “King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets?  I know that you do believe.”  Then Agrippa said to Paul, “You almost persuade me to become a Christian.”  And Paul said, “I would to God that not only you, but also all who hear me today, might become both almost and altogether such as I am, except for these chains” (Acts 26:27-29).  

Agrippa left that meeting without making any change in his life.  There is no record in the Scriptures that he was ever “fully persuaded” to become a Christian.  But not that Paul said, “I know that you do believe.”  Now, who will contend that Agrippa was saved while being “almost persuaded” to become a Christian?  The final picture of Agrippa, as revealed in Scripture, is that of a man still out of Christ.  He was not saved at the point of faith.  He was an unsaved believer. 

Author: Clem Thurman |  KneEmail: “What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,’ but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.  But someone will say, ‘You have faith, and I have works.’ Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe-and tremble! But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?” (James 2:14-20).

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