Acts 23:6-7 Paul realized that some members of the high council were Sadducees and some were Pharisees, so he shouted, “Brothers I am a Pharisee, as were my ancestors! And I am on trial because my hope is in the resurrection of the dead!” This divided the council – the Pharisees against the Sadducees
Paul knew the high council was comprised of both Pharisees and Sadducees. Paul opens his defense before the high council by stating he is on trial because his hope is in the resurrection of the dead. The resurrection, where Paul’s hope rests, is the key to the Gospel, his ministry and subsequent trial. Paul remained steadfast in his witness by focusing on the resurrection which would divide the council.
When we are on “trial” or our faith is challenged by someone or a group, it is of great benefit to know our audience as Paul does. If we have an understanding of our audience, we possess a common ground from which to share the Gospel. We must remain laser focused in our efforts to share about the resurrection. Our hope is in the Risen Savior, who on the third day paid our sin debt in full. 1 Peter 3:15 says, “And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it.”
Please let me be focused on our hope in Christ’s resurrection. Let me share this truth with others in a humble, gentle way to help point them to You.