Then Paul, after that the governor had beckoned to him to speak, answered…
1. A straightforward account is an honest man's best defence.
2. In such a case it is in the knowledge and not the ignorance of a judge that safety will lie (ver. 10,11). Apply this to the Great Judgment Day.
3. Christianity is involved in and anticipated Judaism (cf. Hebrews 11).
4. The Christian believes not less, but more than the Jew (vers. 14, 15).
5. Whatever our intellectual opinions may be, our moral character should be blameless (ver. 16).
6. Never does the world commit greater blunders in violation even of its own laws, than in persecuting the faith (ver. 19).
7. Many inquiries are made about the gospel through curiosity, and without a personal concern for sin (ver. 24).
8. A true preacher will seize every available opportunity for proclaiming the gospel; every sinner ought to fear the gospel; we ought not to delay coming to Christ (ver. 25).
9. People's motives with respect to Christ and His cause often get strangely mixed (vers. 25, 26).
10. In religion, as in many other things, it is true that "he that delays is lost." His heart hardens, and circumstances entangle him.
11. Christians are called into various experiences and situations for testimony and service (ver. 27).
(A. F. Muir, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Then Paul, after that the governor had beckoned unto him to speak, answered, Forasmuch as I know that thou hast been of many years a judge unto this nation, I do the more cheerfully answer for myself: