Acts 23
23 And he called for two centurions, saying, “Prepare two hundred soldiers, seventy horsemen, and two hundred spearmen to go to Caesarea at the third hour of the night; 24 and provide mounts to set Paul on, and bring him safely to Felix the governor.” 25 He wrote a letter in the following manner:

26 Claudius Lysias,

To the most excellent governor Felix:


27 This man was seized by the Jews and was about to be killed by them. Coming with the troops I rescued him, having learned that he was a Roman. 28 And when I wanted to know the reason they accused him, I brought him before their council. 29 I found out that he was accused concerning questions of their law, but had nothing charged against him deserving of death or chains. 30 And when it was told me that [d]the Jews lay in wait for the man, I sent him immediately to you, and also commanded his accusers to state before you the charges against him.


Oh how this commander has changed his attitude. In the beginning it was “we are going to beat Paul to find out what wrong he has done.” Now the commander states, “I rescued him having learned that he was a Roman.”

It is very important to note that Paul’s Roman citizenship is the key to everything here. It is the most important aspect of his current situation. Without it, there would be no second part to this story. Paul would probably already be dead.