But This I Confess…

But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets:

Out of the same fountainhead of spiritual truth, the Apostle and the Jewish leaders pulled very different meanings. The law and the prophets declared to each the coming of the Messiah, spoken of as far back in history as Moses. But the problem was, this Messiah did not look as the people thought he should look; he did not affirm the old ways; he did not abolish the external enemies of the nation. He was humble in appearance; He brought a new and radical covenant; He established a Kingdom of the heart in each man that received Him.

And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.

With the same expected end, Saul humbled himself after his fall and became Paul; while the elders stiffens themselves evermore in the aftermath of Calvary. Paul endured suffering and counted it all joy; the Jewish council heard words of life and recoiled at conviction’s sting.

And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.

Paul’s confession and hope led him in a life of clear conscience before all. The appointed leaders of men, with the same confession and hope, acted out in defiance to the Word of Life, marring their conscience and demanding further violence to stop the spread of truth.

(Acts 24:14-16 KJV, notes in italics are mine)

Parallel paths so not lead all to the same destination. So it was with Paul and his accusers, and so it is now. We must accept that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life!

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