April 27, 2008 am    Almost First Class       Acts 26

By Ronald E. George Jr.at the Fayetteville Baptist.org

I was almost in first class.  Just one seat back I had a great view of all that was taking place in the first class section of the plane.  I wanted to move up but I had not made reservations to be placed in the Elite.  They walked on the red carpet.  They didn’t have to wait as long as I did.  They got all they wanted to drink while they were riding the plane.  They had much more room and their own private bathroom.  I suspect their bathroom was larger than mine.  Almost only counts in horse shoes.  Certainly I was close but I didn’t quite make it.  I looked at these first class people and I could see no difference in them and in me.  But the difference was they had paid the price for the ticket.  I couldn’t pay it.  So I didn’t make it.  I almost made it.  Are you a first class Christian?

Acts 26:19 “So then, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the vision from heaven. 20 First to those in Damascus, then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and to the Gentiles also, I preached that they should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds. 21 That is why the Jews seized me in the temple courts and tried to kill me. 22 But I have had God’s help to this very day, and so I stand here and testify to small and great alike. I am saying nothing beyond what the prophets and Moses said would happen— 23 that the Christb would suffer and, as the first to rise from the dead, would proclaim light to his own people and to the Gentiles.”
24 At this point Festus interrupted Paul’s defense. “You are out of your mind, Paul!” he shouted. “Your great learning is driving you insane.”
25 “I am not insane, most excellent Festus,” Paul replied. “What I am saying is true and reasonable. 26 The king is familiar with these things, and I can speak freely to him. I am convinced that none of this has escaped his notice, because it was not done in a corner. 27 King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know you do.”
28 Then Agrippa said to Paul, “Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?”
29 Paul replied, “Short time or long—I pray God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains.”
30 The king rose, and with him the governor and Bernice and those sitting with them. 31 They left the room, and while talking with one another, they said, “This man is not doing anything that deserves death or imprisonment.”
32 Agrippa said to Festus, “This man could have been set free if he had not appealed to Caesar.”

  1. First class Christianity is when you are where God wants you to be.  He pays the price for your ticket.  You make the decision to move up.  Moving up is moving on with God.  He calls you the elect and the airlines call them the elite.  But you are on the way with the Lord. 

 

  1. Paul was almost first class and one day he decided to move on up.  He saw the light.  The cost had been paid.  Jesus had died for his sins.  He had to decide to believe and trust the Lord Jesus with his life.  He did.  Have you seen the light?   Paul saw the light and got on board with Jesus.  Then He moved on up to first class Christianity. 
  1. King Agrippa was almost first class and one day decided he would wait.  He knew about Christ and God, but he wouldn’t accept it for his life.  We are deceived into believing that if we change and repent it indicates that we have failed.  But, to the contrary when we receive new light and a new way it is failure to not take advantage of the new opportunity.  We will only loose what we cannot keep to gain what we cannot loose.  Heaven is our home and we are now apart of the elect of the Lord.  We are the Elite of heaven.  We aren’t better than anyone else but we have seen the light and now have the opportunity to show the light.  Have you answered the call?  He was invited to get on board the plane with the Lord.

 

  1. I was almost first class and one day decided to move on up in my Christian life.  So I answered God’s call to ministry in His church.  Have you stepped up?  God invites us all in our Christian lives to move up to first class.  Stretch your legs out and enjoy your life with the Lord. 
  1. You are almost first class.  What have you decided?  Will you move on up?   Will you get on the plane with the Lord? 

b Or Messiah

The Holy Bible : New International Version (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996, c1984). Ac 26:19-27:1.