(1-11) Paul Before the Council
Paul did not think that living a life in good conscience justified him before God. He was not trying to imply that he was perfect or that he was never tempted to do wrong. With his first statement before the council, perhaps Paul was just trying to say that when his conscience convicted him of wrongdoing, he responded to it by immediately righting his wrongs. Despite the violent dissension that was created over him, the Lord remained by Paul and encouraged him. The Lord told him to “take courage,” because He had a plan for him to testify about Him not only in Jerusalem, but also in Rome.
Favorite verse: (3) Then Paul said to him, “God is going to strike you, you whitewashed wall! Are you sitting to judge me according to the law, and yet contrary to the law you order me to be struck?”