In Philippi, Paul pressed the issue of his rights as a Roman citizen.
Paul did not selfishly demand his rights. Paul used his rights and privileges as a Roman citizen, not once but twice in the book of Acts for ministry. We should be willing to use our rights and privileges as a US Citizen for ministry.
Having either greed for gain, or fear of loss, (or both greed for gain and fear of loss), impedes a person’s ability to think clearly and rationally. The Bible teaches us that we should have neither greed for gain nor fear of loss.
25 And as they bound him with thongs, Paul said to the centurion who stood by, "Is it lawful for you to scourge a man who is a Roman, and uncondemned?"
26 When the centurion heard that, he went and told the commander, saying, "Take care what you do, for this man is a Roman."
27 Then the commander came and said to him, "Tell me, are you a Roman?"
He said, "Yes."
28 The commander answered, "With a large sum I obtained this citizenship."
And Paul said, "But I was born a citizen." 29 Then immediately those who were about to examine him withdrew from him; and the commander was also afraid after he found out that he was a Roman, and because he had bound him. 30 The next day, because he wanted to know for certain why he was accused by the Jews, he released him from his bonds, and commanded the chief priests and all their council to appear, and brought Paul down and set him before them.
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