Then Paul stood up, and beckoning with his hand said, Men of Israel, and you that fear God, give audience.…
I. The MAIN PURPOSE of it - to prove the Messiahship of Jesus, and therefore to proclaim the gate of life open. History of Divine grace pointing to clay of salvation. The course of thought in Paul's own mind, which led him to faith.
II. The MAIN STRENGTH of the argument - the facts of the Savior's death and. resurrection. Paul could speak with special emphasis, though prudently avoided bringing in at this point his own conversion.
III. The SPIRITUAL APPEAL twofold.
1. You need this salvation; for the Law of Moses will not justify you.
2. How can you escape if you neglect it? resist not the Holy Ghost.
IV. The MARKED EFFECT of sincerity and earnestness.
1. Inquiry. It is much to break through stolid indifference.
2. Devout attention led to faith. Many followed them; that is, declared themselves convinced. Fruit gathered even among the Jews. - R.
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