There has not been much posted here on Acts, but I do want to end with one observation as we look at verses 22 – 24 of chapter 28;
“But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest: for as concerning this sect, we know that every where it is spoken against. And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening. And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not.” Acts 27:22-24 (KJV)
Paul the apostle is in Rome about to be tried for the charges his own people have brought against him. He has been charged with saying things against them, and supposedly against their God; in blasphemy. Rather than speaking against their God he has spoken plainly, using the Old Testament scriptures they adhered to and proclaiming Jesus Christ their Messiah.
The word “sect” was used, most likely, as a derogatory term meaning that the teaching of Christianity was heretical and was worthy of judgment. Paul took time with those who came to him expounding the Word of God, and preaching the kingdom of God, persuading some to believe and follow Jesus Christ.
We have the testimony here that “some believed”, and “some believed not” and that is pretty much how things are in our time; as every other time since Paul.
If you will believe the gospel of Jesus Christ then, you will have the assurance of eternity with Him. If you reject Jesus and His gospel, then you will die and eternal death.
-Tim A. Blankenship