The word “defense” is from apologia, which means “a speech in defense of what one has done, or of truth which one believes.”(Christian Apologetics & Loyalty, Introduction to Christian Apologetics, Dr. B. Patrick Glenn)
Can you imagine being accused of doing wrong when you were really doing something right? Can you imagine being on trial for doing the right thing and making a defense for what you believe? Can you imagine being considered guilty and deserving death because you told others about a Man who gives salvation? Well, Paul was on trial for sharing Jesus with everyone he met. Jesus had saved Paul and given a job to do which was to tell everyone about the Savior.
“…I have picked him as my personal representative to non-Jews and kings and Jews. And now I'm about to show him what he's in for—the hard suffering that goes with this job." (Acts 9:15b-16, MSG)
Paul, who once persecuted Christians, was now on trial for being a Christian. Paul, who once hauled believers to prison, was now in chains for being a witness for Christ. Like Jesus, the people wanted Paul dead because he preached about salvation through faith in Jesus Christ (Acts 21:17-40). Paul stood up before the crowd and defended his faith. He told his listeners of what Jesus had done for him and how Jesus had transformed his life.
“Men, brethren, and fathers, hear ye my defense which I make now unto you.” (Acts 22:1, KJV)
As Christians, we are commanded to be ready to make a defense. As believers, we should be eager to speak about why we believe in Christ and what He has done for us.
“but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.”
(1 Peter 3:15-16, NASB)
When someone asks us why we believe or why we’re Christians, we ought to be able and ready to answer.
I am a believer because I was introduced to a Man who loved me for me, with all of my faults, with all my hang ups. This Man loves me! Someone told me about a Man named Jesus could wash every one of my sins away and make me brand new. I am a Christian, a follower of Christ, because Jesus has forgiven me. He has changed my entire life around! I have been convinced through scripture that Jesus is God’s holy Son who came to this earth to die for my sins. Jesus was buried in a grave for three days, but on the third day He got up with all power in His hand! Jesus is now seated at the right hand of God the Father making intercessions for me (Heb. 7:25). That’s why I believe.
My sister, are you a Christian? Why? Are you a believer? Why do you believe?
Share your answers below.
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And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it. 16 But do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear.