“Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.” Acts 26:28
Our brother in Christ, Paul the Apostle, had just spoken the gospel of Truth before Festus, Bernice, and King Agrippa. He spoke of the scriptures and the prophets pointing to Christ. He staved off an attack which came through Festus as he pushed forward in Love. He pleaded to King Agrippa’s knowledge of Jewish traditions and teachings regarding the Messiah. All that he did, he did in the Spirit, preaching Truth. Yet, for all that, King Agrippa would not repent and turn to God through the Person of Christ as His Savior.
He now had all of the information as it regarded the Truth, and was confronted with a decision. He would either forsake the world and accept Christ, or he would deny Christ and remain a slave to sin. Though the scriptures do not say if he ever accepted Christ in his life, at this particular time, he chose to deny Jesus.
I knew one man who was in a similar position. He struggle with the Trinity of the Godhead, and after a lengthy teaching in the scripture that showed all three Persons (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) as one God and then understanding and knowing that Truth, he was then confronted with his decision. He was married to a sister in Christ, and he saw transformation in my life, too. But, when confronted, he chose to deny Christ. He claimed a desire to not be judged for drinking with his siblings and having a good time and therefore, did not want to place himself in that position having accepted Jesus. He would rather have continued on in the world and continue to have us pray for his salvation then give it all up. He was like King Agrippa.
Another man I know who regularly attends three separate churches and complains constantly about how much he hates his life and just wants to die so he can go on to Heaven is the same. He has heard the gospel. He tries to live like a Christian while living his worldly life. While I was trying to encourage him with the knowledge of Christ and how we have the victory, out of the blue, he said that he had not accepted Christ because he knew that once he did, just like me, his life would become all about Jesus. He, too, was not ready to give up the world. What is worse, he already denies Christ because he thinks if he were to die right now, he would go to Heaven. He needs Christ, but won’t surrender. He is like King Agrippa.
Many men hear the Truth in the words spoken to them. They even feel the conviction of the Holy Spirit compelling them the repent and accept Christ, but the world continues to pull at them, and so they do not hearken to the call of The Lord and they find themselves like King Agrippa. If they, God forbid, were to die tonight, they would not wake up in Heaven, because they never accepted the Way.
Nothing, hear me, nothing will get anyone into life eternal except Christ Jesus. I pray that no one who reads this becomes, or is, a King Agrippa. I pray that the Truth gets inside of each and every one if He is not already. There is only One Way, One Truth, One Life. Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Only Jesus.
“And Paul said, I would to God, that not only thou, but also all that hear me this day, were both almost, and altogether such as I am, except these bonds.” Acts 26:29
Amen to that! Me, too, Paul; me, too.