Acts 22:27 “The commander went to Paul and asked, ‘Tell me, are you a Roman citizen?’ ‘Yes, I am,’ he answered.”

The commander needed to hear it from Pauls own lips. Having had Paul bound and ready to be flogged he was told at the last moment that Paul had announced his Roman citizenship, making the flogging illegal.

So he needed to hear Paul declare it for himself.

Who are you? Are you a citizen of heaven? Is God your God?

Throughout the Bible story you have questions like this.

Sometimes they are innocent questions simply in order to ascertain the truth. But others are more malicious in order to cause doubt, especially those questions raised by the father of lies.

“‘Did God really say, “You must not eat from any tree in the garden”?” (Genesis 3) was a question to Eve regarding her identity with the whole aim of stealing it from her.

“If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread” (Luke 4) though not a question was certainly asked in order to bring doubt to Jesus regarding his identity.

In every circumstance of life that becomes a challenge to you then there will be a question posed about your identity in some roundabout way.

Are you really a Christian? Do you really belong to God? Are you really a citizen of heaven?

We need today in all situations to declare very loudly what Paul proclaimed, “YES I AM!”




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