Declare loudly what you know
Acts 28:20 “For this reason I have asked to see you and talk with you. It is because of the hope of Israel that I am bound with this chain.”
Paul found that within his limitation he had opportunities of being certain of the need for the gospel.
What is the ‘hope of Israel’? Paul on trial before Agrippa says in 26:6 “And now it is because of my hope in what God has promised our ancestors that I am on trial today.” It is Jesus, He is the hope for Israel. The Message says “It’s because I believed it and took it seriously, committed myself heart and soul to what God promised my ancestors”
When the Church is contained, its voice can still be heard. How does the suffering Church carry on when the enemy presses in on them? I have seen it but Revelation 12:11 says “They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.” If you are limited today, pressed down and contained you need to declare loudly what you are certain of.
Written perhaps only 100- 200 years after Paul’s speech in his trials:
I believe in God, the father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Holy Catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
That’s what I’m certain of. This is what is of most importance. It is Jesus.