One of Paul’s most effective tools was his use of the power of reason. On several occasions, we read of him entering into synagogues and reasoning with the people those things that pertain to Christ and the salvation of the soul [Acts 17:1,2]. We learn that the Word of God, and hence, salvation are reasonable and can stand the closest inspection, something that cannot be said for some human philosophies. The effectiveness of Paul’s reasoning, backed by the power of the Holy Spirit, can be seen in the fact that many turned to Christ.
The Roman procurator of Judea was Felix, a man described by Tacitus as one who “revelled in cruelty and lust.” So powerful and reasonable were Paul’s arguments of “righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come” [Acts 24:25] that Felix literally trembled and had to send Paul forth from his presence.
The natural man does not like to reason of his soul and eternal things. He is happy to reason out some human problems but shies away from thinking deeply about his soul and his relationship with God. He prefers ritual worship and will follow a human formula, just so long as he doesn’t have to think.
God says, “Come now, and let us reason together” [Isaiah 1:18]. He would talk to you about vile sin, and vain sacrifice, and how you, with uncleansed sin and heartless ritual, propose to enter heaven, which is barred to the unclean? But God and His Word are reasonable. He makes the wonderful offer that “though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow.” Heed His gracious call today.